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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

CHI Saint Joseph Health is closely monitoring all developments with COVID-19, and our staff is following the latest guidance from local and state health officials as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The safety of our visitors, patients, employees, and physicians remains our highest priority.

Vaccine Information

CHI Saint Joseph Health has received shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine and is administering the vaccine to health care workers in our facilities. We are also working with state and local public health departments to identify health care workers in our community as part of the first phase of vaccine administration.

Find more information about the COVID-19 vaccine here.

Vaccine Requirement

In keeping with CHI Saint Joseph Health's mission of improving the health of those it serves and especially those who are vulnerable, and our commitment to providing safe care for patients and a work environment for clinicians and staff, we are requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1, 2021.  

As health care providers we have a responsibility to help end this pandemic and protect our patients, our colleagues, and those in our communities. Requiring vaccination for our teams is critical to maintaining a safe care environment.

Throughout the pandemic, CHI Saint Joseph Health has implemented a broad range of safety measures to be able to continue providing essential health care services to everyone in our communities, including those battling life-threatening COVID-19 infections. Unfortunately, COVID-19 cases are on the rise again due to the threat of variants, and many communities continue to have low vaccination rates. Our decision to require the COVID-19 vaccination for employees is rooted in our commitment to keeping our community safe -- and bringing an end to this pandemic as quickly as possible.

By requiring the COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment, just as we do with the flu (influenza) vaccine, CHI Saint Joseph Health joins health systems and associations across the country in urging vaccination for health care workers in an effort to continue protecting our patients, staff and communities from this dangerous disease.

Visitor Restrictions

CHI Saint Joseph Health has implemented several new measures designed to protect our patients, staff and community, including a more restrictive visitation policy and screening of our staff and health care providers at all facilities. Read more about current visitor restrictions at our facilities.

Do You Have Symptoms of COVID-19?

Are you experiencing fever, cough, and shortness of breath? If you think you may have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or exposure, please stay at home to protect yourself and others. The best first step is one of our remote resources:

  • Call your primary care provider. CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group is now offering virtual care visits. Current patients can call their provider’s office directly or log in to the patient portal to make an appointment. If you are a new patient, call 859.313.2255 to schedule a virtual visit.
  • Engage with our symptom checker chat box. Get your questions answered and be routed to the right care for your unique situation from this page.
  • Start a virtual urgent care visit. We’re offering free video visits with a health care provider through Virtual Care Anywhere for people with mild or moderate symptoms using the coupon code COVID19.

How to Help Prevent the Spread of Illness

  • Do not go to the emergency room or urgent care unless symptoms are severe, such as high fever, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have milder symptoms like cough, low-grade fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular provider first.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including handwashing, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Stay informed via public health updates as information is changing frequently.

Coronavirus Testing

Our health care providers are in constant communication with local health officials on coronavirus testing. Some of our divisions are offering drive-thru testing services, or outpatient clinics for testing. Check with your health care provider for details.

A test is required in advance of any procedure scheduled in the hospital. Check with your physician’s office if you have any questions. Learn more about how we are resuming services.

Additional information on testing is available through the CDC website.

Test pricing

In accordance with provisions in the CARES Act, the “cash” price for COVID-19 testing is available here. The actual price a patient may pay will likely be lower, as this price does not take into account insurance coverage or financial assistance a patient may be eligible for. Where testing is available at our own facilities it can typically be provided at a reduced cost. If in-house testing is not available, testing may be performed by an outside lab which sets the price for its test. These cash prices are only for the COVID-19 diagnostic testing itself and are not inclusive of the diagnosis and/or treatment of other medical conditions. Charges are continually reviewed and subject to change.

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