Pike County Memorial Hospital is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and is working closely with the Centers for Disease (CDC), the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services and our local public health organization. At PCMH, we treat patients with infectious diseases every day, and have protocols in place to care for these patients while ensuring the safety of our hospital staff, visitors, and community.
Are You at Risk?
We're experiencing extremely high patient volumes. For people who do not have symptoms (asymptomatic) or have mild symptoms, please consider community testing options identified below. Please note: PCMH’s emergency department, primary medical clinic locations(Louisiana, Bowling Green, Vandalia) and Bowling Green walk-in clinic, DO NOT offer walk-in COVID-19 testing.
It's best to get tested at the onset of COVID-19 symptoms. Testing earlier means more treatment options may be available. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who received a positive COVID-19 test, please practice social distancing, follow the CDC's guidelines and see steps for testing below.
If You Have Moderate or Severe COVID-19 Illness
Moderate to severe COVID-19 illness may include high fever, severe chills, persistent cough or other symptoms. If this is you, please see the bullet list below. Anyone who is at increased risk for illness should also consider contacting their provider. If you have difficulty breathing, pain in your chest or other serious symptoms, please call 911 or visit the emergency department.
- Schedule an appointment with your PCMH’s primary care provider.
- If your primary care provider is unavailable, visit our Bowling Green Walk-In Clinic location. Walk-in tests are not available at our Bowling Green Walk-In Clinic. A provider will see you for your symptoms and determine if a test is needed.
- Please note: PCMH’s emergency department does not offer walk-in COVID-19 testing.
If You Have Mild COVID-19 Illness or No Symptoms
Please see the bullet list below if you have mild COVID-19 illness, no symptoms (asymptomatic) following a COVID-19 exposure or need testing for other reasons. Mild COVID-19 illness may include headache, low grade fever, cough, sore throat, congestion, muscle aches or other symptoms. Obtain a test through:
- Pike County Health Department: https://pikecountyhealth.org/
- Federal- Free at-home test kits
- A local retailer or pharmacy
If you are testing following an exposure and you still have no symptoms, it's best to quarantine and wait until day five to seek a test, per CDC guidance. If you develop symptoms, proceed with testing. If you experience worsening symptoms after a negative result using a self-collect test kit, please find another testing option near you in the list above.
COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ's
PCMH’s upcoming Covid-19 vaccine clinics schedule
01/31/2022- Louisiana Clinic 8:30-10:00a
02/04/2022- BG Physical Therapy 3:30p-5:00p
02/07/2022- Louisiana Clinic 8:30a-10:00a
02/11/2022- BG Physical Therapy 3:30p-5:00p
02/21/2022- Louisiana Clinic 8:30a-10:00a
02/25/2022- BG Physical Therapy 3:30p-5:00p
*To schedule a Covid-19 vaccine, please call 573-754-4584.*
Please complete before your visit:
Monoclonal Antibody Treatments
Treatment of COVID-19 Infection
PCMH offers COVID-19 monoclonal antibody infusion as an early treatment for COVID-19. This treatment is used to prevent the infection from getting worse and keep people from needing to go into the hospital.
Treatment is by appointment only. Because the omicron variant is only able to be treated with single type of available antibody therapy, patients at the very highest risk for severe disease will be prioritized for this treatment.
What is Monoclonal Antibody Infusion?
An infusion is when you get medicines or fluids through a needle or catheter. In this case, the infusion contains proteins called monoclonal antibodies that help the body fight COVID-19.
Where is the treatment performed?
Monoclonal Antibody Infusions are performed at PCMH's Outpatient Surgery/Infusion Center.
You must have an appointment. Appointments are scheduled by your primary care provider. And these things must be true:
- Positive for COVID-19
- 12 Years of age of older (and at least 88 lbs)
- Greater risk of developing severe COVID-19 symptoms.
- 65 years of age or older
- Overweight (body mass index over 25)
- Chronic kidney disease
- Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2)
- Weakened immune system
- Currently receiving immunosuppressive treatment
- Cardiovascular disease/hypertension
- Chronic lung disease
- Sickle cell disease
- Neurodevelopmental disorders
- Medical-related technological dependence
If you have any new or higher oxygen requirements because of COVID-19, an antibody infusion isn’t helpful and should not be given.
Can I receive the treatment if I have had a COVID vaccine?
COVID-19 Booster Dose Information
As you may have heard, in addition to a booster dose for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recently endorsed booster shots for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccines for certain populations and for those in high-risk occupational and institutional settings.
Pike County Memorial Hospital strongly encourages individuals who have already completed a two-dose vaccination series (Pfizer or Moderna) or the single-dose regimen (J&J/Janssen) to get their booster shot if/when they meet the specific clinical and timeframe criteria.
Where to get your Booster
We are pleased to share that we will be offering COVID-19 boosters through our Primary Care locations to individuals who qualify. If you do not have a Primary Care Provider, you can call 573.754.4584 to schedule an appointment with one today.
You can also get your COVID-19 booster at one of the convenient vaccine sites in our community, to find one near you, visit the link below.
Current Eligibility Requirements
The following groups are eligible to receive the Pfizer or Moderna booster dose:
- 65 years and older
- Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
- Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
- Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
As with Pfizer, Moderna booster doses should be given at least six months past completion of the initial 2-dose series. Moderna booster doses are half of the initial series dose amount (0.25 ml).
The following groups are eligible to receive the Janssen booster dose:
- Individuals 18 years of age and older who have completed a primary vaccination with Janssen COVID-19 vaccine
- Individuals who have completed primary vaccination with a different authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine
The Janssen booster dose should be given at least two months past completion of the initial dose.
Mix and Match
COVID-19 booster doses can be safely mixed-and-matched. Following the timing outlined above, individuals may choose which vaccine manufacturer they would prefer as a booster dose.
IMPORTANT: Although it is acceptable for booster doses to be from a different manufacturer than an individual’s initial dose/series, both doses of the initial Pfizer and Moderna series must come from the same manufacturer. For example, an individual must continue with Pfizer for their first and second dose to complete the initial series, then may receive either the Pfizer, Moderna (half dose), or Janssen vaccine as a booster dose.
Also, you can rest assured that it is safe to receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines, including a flu vaccine, at the same time. Experience with other vaccines has shown that the way our bodies develop protection, known as an immune response, and possible side effects after getting vaccinated are generally the same when given alone or with other vaccines.
For additional information, here is a link to the full CDC statement on updated booster recommendations.
Thank you for being diligent about protecting your health and the health of our community by getting vaccinated!
COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines
- One visitor per patient at a time. Patients may have different visitors during the duration of their stay.
- Visitors should use the Main Entrance during business hours and the Emergency Department entrance after business hours.
- Visitors MUST wear a mask at all times.
- Visitors under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Extenuating circumstances will be determined on a case by case basis.
- Patients who are in isolation/airborne isolation, suspected of COVID-19, or positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed visitors without prior approval.
- Outpatients (ex., laboratory, medical imaging and rehab), clinic patients (ex., family practice, specialist clinics and wound clinic), and surgery/GI patients may continue to bring one support person (14 years of age or older) with them.
All patients and visitors will be encouraged to maintain a distance of six feet from others while in the facility. Furniture in common areas such as waiting rooms and the cafeteria has been rearranged to better accommodate social distancing recommendations.
Telehealth Visit Options
The organization continues to offer telehealth options for several of its primary care and specialty clinics. Patients who are interested in a virtual visit should call the clinic office first.
If you have any more questions about the services we render here at Pike County Memorial Hospital, please, don't hesitate to reach out.