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We remain committed to providing you the highest quality of care. Nothing is more important to us than your health and safety, especially in times like these.

Learn how to get a free screening if you think you have COVID-19, steps you can take to prevent the spread of the virus and the latest on COVID-19 vaccines.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Booster shots are available to the following individuals:

  • Anyone 5 and older who received the Pfizer vaccine at least five months ago.
  • Anyone 18 and older who received the Moderna vaccine at least five months ago.
  • Anyone 18 and older who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago.

We strongly encourage all eligible people to get a booster shot. Research is showing the COVID-19 vaccines require a booster dose to be most effective.

The following people are also eligible for a second booster shot if they received their first booster at least 4 months ago:

  • People who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for their first shot and booster
  • Adults ages 50 years and older
  • People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised

    You can find a vaccine location near you by visiting ourshot.in.gov and clicking “Click here to find a vaccination site" near the top of the page. Many locations offer walk-in vaccine opportunities.

    We encourage people who suspect they may have COVID-19 to do one of the following:

    We want to ensure our local emergency departments have the resources to care for the sickest patients. Please do not visit an ER to get tested.

    Call your doctor or use the IU Health Virtual Visit app for a free screening.

    If it is recommended you get tested, the IU Health Virtual Screening will direct you to a facility. Please note the laboratory testing is not part of the free service, however, your insurance company may cover the cost.

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    Visit our COVID-19 Vaccine page to view full details or visit ourshot.in.gov to schedule your COVID-19 vaccine.

    Symptoms & Diagnosis

    COVID-19 symptoms include but are not limited to:

    • New onset or worsening cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Sore throat
    • Diarrhea
    • Vomiting
    • Abdominal pain
    • Headache
    • Fever
    • Loss of taste or smell

    Stay home except for medical appointments. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. This means that you should restrict activities outside your home, except for medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas, and you should avoid public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis while sick.

    If you have a medical appointment, call your healthcare provider ahead of time and tell them that you have or that you may have COVID-19. This will help your healthcare provider’s office to take steps to take precautions to keep other people from being exposed or getting sick.

    If you are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms and have possibly been exposed to the virus, you should contact your healthcare provider. Before your appointment, call ahead to let your provider know if you’ve recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread and which symptoms you have developed.

    IU Health provides free screening for COVID-19 via our virtual visits app where people currently located in Indiana are able to review symptoms with a healthcare provider. The team will recommend and facilitate appropriate pathways for care and will provide direct access and communication with local hospitals as medically appropriate.

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    If you have a new onset of viral or flu-like symptoms including but not limited to cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea or muscle aches within the past 14 days, you should consider getting screened.

    Stay home except for medical appointments. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. This means that you should restrict activities outside your home, except for medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas, and you should avoid public transportation, ride sharing or taxis while sick.

    Stay away from others as much as possible, including in your home. Try to stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home.

    Avoid sharing personal household items, and wash items thoroughly after use with soap and water.

    Pre-Surgery Testing

    In general, if you are going to have a surgery (or another procedure with general anesthesia or certain other types of sedation), as of Friday, Aug. 27, you will be tested for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status.

    Studies have shown that many people who have COVID-19 do not have symptoms but are still infectious to others. There also is evidence that delta - now the predominant variant in Indiana - can infect people who are fully vaccinated. There are certain procedures that are done in the operating room which cause people with COVID-19 to be more likely to transmit the virus. Therefore, we test you in order to protect our surgical staff.

    Routine testing of healthcare workers is not currently possible because of availability. Healthcare workers would need to be tested on a daily basis to assure they weren’t infected. This is not feasible in most places across the country. Instead, our healthcare workers all wear masks so that if they are infected, but don’t show symptoms, they will not pass the virus off to each other and our patients.

    The test involves placing a cotton swab through your nose and mouth into the back of your throat. The test takes about two minutes. You may experience gagging or coughing as the test is performed, but this quickly subsides. It is mildly uncomfortable. Some patients report that they have a runny nose, mild bleeding from drainage, or some eye tearing for a short period after the procedure.

    We prefer to test you within four days before your procedure, regardless of vaccination status. When performing a test before the procedure, it is very important that you limit traveling, exposures to new people, and high-risk activities (parties, restaurants, bars, sporting events, etc.) between your test and your visit to the operating room to prevent acquiring the virus.

    That will depend on the conversation between you and your surgeon. Some procedures will be cancelled and rescheduled until the test can be performed.

    IU Health has numerous testing locations available including drive-thru testing and testing in our hospitals.

    Unless your surgery is an emergency, it is better to wait for your COVID-19 to resolve before you have surgery. If your test is positive, we will inform you and advise you to contact your physician.

    Visitor Policies

    IU Health takes the health and safety of our team members, patients and visitors very seriously. In response to the spread of COVID-19, a disease caused by the novel coronavirus, IU Health has developed this COVID-19 Safety Plan as part of our efforts to reduce the potential for exposure to and spread of the coronavirus.

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    We are taking thoughtful, careful steps for everyone’s safety. View our hospital visitor policy page to find the latest on visitor policies and what to expect at your next appointment with IU Health.

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    We understand that the current visitor restrictions can be frustrating for many of our patients, their families and loved ones. We encourage those who would like to remain in contact with their loved ones while they're in the hospital to utilize virtual video resources such as Skype or FaceTime.

    We also offer patient postcards that can be sent to your loved ones in the hospital to let them know you're thinking of them and provide words of encouragement.

    Everyone entering an IU Health facility, both inpatient and outpatient, will be required to wear a surgical/isolation mask. This includes visitors, patients and team members.

    All patients should wear a mask while in an IU Health facility except when in their room. All new patients will be screened for symptoms.

    In areas that allow visitation, visitors will continue to be screened when entering an IU Health facility and wear an IU Health-issued mask. If showing signs of symptoms, they will not be allowed to visit. Cloth masks are no longer allowed.

    Additional Information

    If you have questions regarding financial assistance or need a short term payment plan more flexible than a temporary deferral of payment, please call our Patient Financial Services Customer Service Center at 317.612.2754 or 877.668.5621, so we can help identify other options available to you.

    The cash price for the COVID-19 diagnostic test (U0004) in a physician office, inpatient, or emergency department setting is $100 and the cash price for the antibody test (86769) is $42.13.

    The cash price for the COVID-19 test and collection (U0004 and C9803) in a hospital outpatient lab is $122.99 and the cash price for the antibody test (86769 and C9803) is $65.12.

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