Scott Memorial Health activates facility’s emergency operations plan in response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID–19)

March 13, 2020

Scottsburg, Indiana (March 13, 2020) – Scott Memorial Health is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, volunteers and visitors. We are continuing to work closely with Scott County Health Department and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure our hospital is prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond should anyone in our community contract or be exposed to the novel coronavirus (COVID–19). 

We have standard operating procedures that are in place year-round to help ensure the health and well-being of everyone who enters our hospital. Additionally, we have activated our facility’s emergency operations plan and are completing a number of preparation checklists out of an abundance of caution.

All patients and visitors in the Emergency Department and inpatient units will receive a screening questionnaire prior to being allowed to move through the hospital. Questionnaire stations are located at the Emergency Department entrance. In addition, our medical office locations are calling patients and conducting phone screenings. If you are visiting Scott Memorial Health, or any of our facilities, we ask that you help us maintain a safe environment for everyone by following all posted guidelines for visiting patients. We are temporarily adjusting our general inpatient visitation policies to protect patients, staff and the community. Please visit for detailed information. 

The Scott County Health Department is working with Scott Memorial Health to implement an extra layer of safety against spread of COVID-19, while screening patients for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Isolated screening can limit exposure to other patients and critical healthcare staff; therefore, a mobile testing unit has been placed outside of our Emergency Department to help us achieve this goal. 

We want to assure our community that our providers and clinical teams are willing, well-trained and prepared to manage outbreaks of viruses and infectious diseases, including the coronavirus. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at

We encourage you to call ahead before you seek medical care at any location. You may call our COVID-19/Coronavirus Hotline with general questions at 812.946.2413 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After hours you may call 1.800.722.5725. Do not call the hotline for emergencies. If you have an emergency, call 911