COVID-19 PATIENT RESOURCES

Knox County Transmission: MEDIUM (YELLOW). This indicates a medium level of community transmission/spread of COVID-19.

Patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 will not be permitted visitors *

*Virtual Visitation Is Available Upon Request**

HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID

As of Sunday, June 5, two visitors will be allowed per patient in the Emergency Dept., inpatient/outpatient areas, and provider offices. 

The following items are required while visiting any Knox Community Hospital location:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
  • Maintain social distancing 
  • Frequently wash hands or use hand sanitizer
  • Limit of 2 visitors with patient 
 

Practice consideration for those at risk for complications due to COVID-19 by advocating and utilizing healthy and hygienic habits. 

DO NOT VISIT IF: Positive for Covid-19 or have any symptoms of Covid-19 such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, sore throat, runny nose, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, muscle/body aches, and/or headache.

Daily Visiting Hours for Patients: 8 am - 8 pm

KCH continues to operate under the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance for healthcare settings.

 

Nurse Help Line: 740.393.9033

Please call 740.399.3840 to schedule your vaccination.

Effective: 6/5/2022
Patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 will not be permitted visitors. **Virtual Visitation Is Available Upon Request.**
DEPARTMENT VISITOR RESTRICTIONS - Update 6/5/2022
Emergency Room Adult patients: 2 visitors (Certain circumstances may allow for more than 1 visitor as deemed by RN/provider) / Pediatric patients: 2 parents/guardians
Labor and Delivery Adult patients:-Covid negative: 2 support persons 24/7 while in labor, then 1 support person 24/7 and 1 additional visitor during visiting hours. Both need to be the same people for entire stay. COVID positive—1 Support person only (same person) Pediatric patients: 2 parents/guardians and may stay at the hospital for the duration of the stay
Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness Adult patients: No visitors: exception is 2 support caregiver / Pediatric patients: 2 parents/guardians
Urgent Care Center Adult patients: 2 visitors / Pediatric patients: 2 parents/guardians
Prenatal Appointment Adult patients: 2 visitors - only during fetal ultrasounds / Pediatric patients: 2 parents/guardians
Ambulatory Surgery Center Adult patients: 2 designated visitors / Pediatric patients: 2 parents/guardians
Department of Primary and Specialty Care Adult patients: 2 visitors / Pediatric patients: 2 parents/guardians
CATH Lab / Diagnostic Imaging Adult patients: 1 person is permitted pre-procedure, for post-surgery discussion, and for assistance with discharge / Pediatric patients: 2 parents/guardians
Center for Cancer Care Adult Patients: 1 visitor for provider visits and treatments. Please call the Cancer Center 740.393.5551 for further information

VISITOR RESTRICTION EXCEPTIONS

Patient visitors must be 18 or older unless they are the patient’s parent or guardian.
All Visitors must check-in at the Nurses Station/Front Desk of that area/unit.
End-of-Life

Visitation restrictions will be at the discretion of the care team.

Caretakers

Visitors acting in the role of a caretaker will be allowed access as determined by the clinical team.

Clergy and those with Power of Attorney:

No Visitation restrictions (except COVID + patients as listed previously).

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, to protect you, your loved one, hospital staff, and the public, you will not be able to visit your loved one in the hospital.
What Is a Booster Shot, And How Does It Work?

Booster shots serve as a reminder to your immune system, ultimately providing reinforcements for your body to recognize and ward off COVID-19 as the initial effectiveness of each of the three approved vaccines wanes over time.

It is important to know that the effectiveness of the Moderna, Pfizer, and J&J vaccines against severe infection remain incredibly high, but receiving a booster shot will help your immune system prevent mild to moderate infection, ultimately making you and your family safer.

Just the Facts

What Is a Booster Shot, And How Does It Work? 

Booster shots serve as a reminder to your immune system, ultimately providing reinforcements for your body to recognize and ward off COVID-19 as the initial effectiveness of each of the three approved vaccines wanes over time. It is essential to know that the efficacy of the Moderna, Pfizer, and J&J vaccines against severe infection remain incredibly high. Receiving a booster shot will help your immune system prevent mild to moderate infection, ultimately making you and your family safer.

Which Vaccines Have Booster Approvals? 

All three Food and Drug Administration-authorized COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) are approved for booster shots.

Who Is Eligible for a Booster Shot? 

The following groups are eligible to receive a booster shot if their primary vaccine was Pfizer or Moderna: - Individuals 65 years and older; - Individuals 18 years and older who have underlying medical conditions or live in long-term care settings; - Individuals 18 years and older who work or live in high-risk settings; or If your primary vaccine was Johnson & Johnson, then everyone 18 years of age or older is eligible to receive a booster shot.

When Can You Get Your Booster? Which Vaccines Have Booster Approvals? 

All three Food and Drug Administration-authorized COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) are approved for booster shots. Who Is Eligible for a Booster Shot? The following groups are eligible to receive a booster shot if their primary vaccine was Pfizer or Moderna: - Individuals 65 years and older; - Individuals 18 years and older who have underlying medical conditions or live in long-term care settings; - Individuals 18 years and older who work or live in high-risk environments; or If your primary vaccine was Johnson & Johnson, then everyone 18 years of age or older is eligible to receive a booster shot. When you can receive your booster shot depends on which COVID-19 vaccine you initially received. - Pfizer and Moderna: at least six months after an individual’s primary series of shots - Johnson & Johnson: at least two months after an individual’s initial dose.

Are the Booster Doses Different From the Initial Vaccine Series? 

  • The Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccine booster doses are the same as the initial vaccination series. 
  • Pfizer required a two-shot series for the initial vaccination, but the booster is only one shot. 
  • The Johnson & Johnson initial series consisted of one shot, and the booster consists of one shot. The Moderna booster is half the dose of the original shot. Note that Moderna required a two-shot series for initial vaccination, and the booster is comprised of one half-dose shot. 

Source: American Hospital Association

Who Can Get a Booster Shot
*Although mRNA vaccines are preferred, J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine may be considered in some situations.
IF YOU RECEIVED: WHO SHOULD GET A BOOSTER: WHEN TO GET A BOOSTER: WHICH BOOSTER CAN YOU GET:
Pfizer-BioNTech Everyone 12 years and older At least 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) are preferred in most* situations Teens 12–17 years old may only get a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster
Moderna Adults 18 years and older At least 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) are preferred in most* situations
Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen* Adults 18 years and older At least 2 months after receiving your J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccination Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) are preferred in most* situations
Please Get Vaccinated
Please Get Vaccinated