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PRINCETON — Gibson General Hospital will erect a triage tent outside its emergency department as part of the hospital’s ongoing efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) within the community.

GGH spokesman Jeff Jones said that beginning Monday at 7 a.m., patients seeking care at the hospital will begin using the triage tent to check in before entering the facility.

The tent will help separate patients with potential COVID-19 symptoms from those seeking care for other complaints.

“With confirmed cases in our community and region, we expect to see a growing number of patients who possibly have the virus,” said Lois Morgan, Gibson General’s Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer. “Our goal is to minimize exposure to our patients and employees within the hospital.”

Following initial check-in and screening, patients without symptoms will enter the hospital for additional assessment and care.

Patients with COVID-19 symptoms will be assessed in the tent and then be isolated in a separate section of the emergency department.

Morgan said the triage tent is not in place for testing. Those with mild symptoms should self-quarantine and watch to make sure symptoms don’t get worse.

Anyone with symptoms, such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, should call the Deaconess 24-hour nurse triage line at 812-450-6555. If criteria is met, the triage nurse will provide an order to get tested through Gibson General’s drive-through testing site.

For more COVID-19 information and resources, visit gibsongeneral.com/coronavirus.

— Email Andrea Howe at andrea@pdclarion.com

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