Acadian Medical Center COVID-19 Statement

For Immediate Release

(March 13, 2020 - Eunice, LA) Our hospital and clinics are concerned about the care of our patients, community and staff. We have implemented measures within our facilities to help promote the health and safety in our community.

If you are concerned you have COVID-19, we recommend seeking care from your local clinic, hospital or call your primary care physician. They can evaluate you and determine if you meet the CDC guidelines for testing based on symptoms, travel and exposure. If you meet the criteria, you will be advised on how to proceed with testing. Symptoms may include: respiratory or flu like symptoms such as fever, chills, cough, muscle aches, and sinus congestion/drainage. If these symptoms are present, The CDC recommends to limit exposure to others and contact your healthcare provider.

GOSEP Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has also set up a COVID-19 hotline (1-855-523-2652) for those with questions or concerns.

Currently we are testing in accordance with CDC Guidelines. As this situation changes, we will continue to evolve our testing procedures.

It’s important to keep in mind that the majority of COVID-19 cases are mild and only a small percentage of patients will require hospitalization. The majority of patients should be able to recover at home. Currently care for COVID-19 patients is supportive and there are no vaccines available to treat this disease.

We encourage everyone to practice infection prevention techniques as outlined by CDC such as washing hands frequently, avoiding touching your face and covering your mouth when you cough, sneezing with a tissue or coughing into your elbow to control your cough, avoiding large crowds and staying home when you are sick.

At this time, we are restricting visiting hours to one healthy visitor per patient between 6pm to 6am to ensure we protect our patients, healthcare providers and visitors. In an effort to initially screen any potential hospital visitors that may have any respiratory or flu like symptoms, we request you limit and reduce your exposure to others by not coming to the hospital unless necessary.

For additional resources and links from the CDC, please visit www.acadianmedicalcenter.com, or you may also go to the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/COVID19 for the most current updated information.