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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)

COVID-19 Vaccines

IU Health is working closely with state public health officials for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. We will provide the latest COVID-19 vaccine updates, answers and information for you and your family.

Visit our COVID-19 Vaccine page to view full details.

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.

COVID-19 Testing

General public testing through IU Health is not available at this time because testing resources are limited. If you are experiencing symptoms or think you may have the virus, you can use the free IU Health Virtual Visit app or call your doctor to be screened.

Symptoms include a new cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, or muscles aches within the past 14 days. Once screened, you will be given an appropriate pathway for care.

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No, not currently. IU Health continues to look at other testing pathways to serve the community.

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General public testing is not available at this time because testing resources are limited. To make sure that tests are available for those most in need, testing is focused on high-risk, seriously ill patients and health care workers who may have come in contact with the virus. For those who screen positive and meet the testing criteria, IU Health offers remote specimen collection sites to minimize the risk of exposure to others.

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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.

Yes. If you are experiencing symptoms or think you may have the virus but can’t access our free virtual screening you should call your primary care doctor or visit one of our urgent care offices to be screened.

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Call your doctor or use the IU Health Virtual Visit app for a free screening. If it is recommended you get tested, the Virtual Screening Clinic 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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General public testing through IU Health is not available at this time because testing resources are limited. To make sure that tests are available for those most in need, testing is focused on high-risk, seriously ill patients and health care workers who may have come in contact with the virus.

For those who screen positive and meet the testing criteria, IU Health offers remote specimen collection sites to minimize the risk of exposure to others.

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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), you will be tested for COVID-19.

Patients who have completed their COVID-19 vaccine do not need testing. They must meet the following criteria:

  • They are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms,
  • Have completed a COVID-19 vaccine and are two weeks out from the final dose, and
  • Have documentation of the vaccination.

Pre-procedure COVID-19 testing guidance remains the same for all other individuals. There may be other reasons why you would be tested for COVID-19, which you can discuss with your physician.

Studies have shown that many people who have COVID-19 do not have symptoms but are still infectious to others. 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.

Depending on test availability we prefer to test you about four days before your procedure. Testing up to seven days before a procedure is acceptable, but 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.

If you are admitted to an IU Health hospital and in labor, one visitor is allowed with you.

The visitor must be the same person throughout the entire stay and must screen negative for COVID-19. We encourage you to stay connected with your loved ones through video conferencing apps available to you.

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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

The best way to prevent the illness is to avoid exposure and use every day preventative actions. Follow these steps suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO):

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water (or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content) for a minimum of 20 seconds
  • Keep a distance of at least six feet between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing (e.g. use a tissue that you then immediately throw away or cough into your elbow)
  • Clean and disinfect commonly used items and high-touch surfaces (e.g. counters, doorknobs, phones, keyboards, toilets, etc) every day
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well
  • Keep up to date on the latest information from reputable resources like the WHO, CDC or the Indiana State Department of Health

IU Health is grateful for the outpouring of public support for our efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people have asked, “How can I help?”

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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.

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