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COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Response
COVID-19 may have changed a lot of things in today’s world, but it cannot change Thomas Health’s determination to take care of our patients’ care needs.  Please review the information on this page to learn about the steps we are taking to safely care for patients in today’s environment.

Visitor’s Policy
Thomas Health has been following CDC guidelines with regard to its Visitor Policy through the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our most current policy can be viewed by clicking here. Note that Visitor’s Hours vary by unit.  We recommend that you verify the current Visitor’s Policy with the specific unit in which you will be staying or clinic you will be visiting prior to your arrival.

Helping You Be Prepared for COVID-19
As a community member, we want to help you be prepared. The best source for information, including general facts, travel guidance, healthcare and household guidance is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of West Virginia toll-free hotline. Here’s how you can connect with those resources.

West Virginia 24/7Hotline:
WV Hotline: 1-800-887-4304

Monoclonal Antibody therapy is an intravenous infusion performed over 1 hour with observation for 1 hour afterward. Patients must meet the criteria for therapy, have a signed physician’s order, and be scheduled through our Central Scheduling Department (304) 766-3726. 

Antibody treatment can be used by people with mild to moderate COVID-19 who:

  • Test positive for SARS-CoV-2. 
  • Are within 10 days of the start of their symptoms. 
  • Are age 12 or older and weigh at least 88 pounds. 
  • Are at high risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 or of needing to be admitted to a hospital because of COVID-19.
  • For questions about whether you can and should get antibody treatment, call your doctor or health care provider.

Who is considered high-risk? 

High risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization is defined as patients who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 35. 
  • Have chronic kidney disease. 
  • Have diabetes. 
  • Have immunosuppressive disease. 
  • Are currently receiving immunosuppressive treatment. 
  • Are 65 years of age or older. 
  • Are 55 years of age or older AND have one or more of the following: 
    • Cardiovascular disease. 
    • Hypertension. 
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/other chronic respiratory disease.
  • Are 12-17 years of age AND have one or more of the following: 
  • Body mass index greater than 85th percentile for their age and gender, based on CDC: Clinical Growth Charts. 
  • Sickle cell disease. 
  • Congenital or acquired heart disease. 
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders, for example, cerebral palsy. 
  • A medical-related technological dependence; for example, tracheostomy, gastrostomy, or positive pressure ventilation (not related to COVID-19). 
  • Asthma, reactive airway, or other chronic respiratory disease that requires daily medication for control.

Who should not get antibody treatment? 

The treatment should not be used for patients who: 

  • Are hospitalized due to COVID-19. 
  • Need oxygen therapy due to COVID-19. 
  • Those on chronic oxygen therapy due to underlying conditions not related to COVID-19 who need to increase in their baseline oxygen due to COVID-19.
  • The antibody treatment may make these conditions worse.

Thomas Health has begun vaccinating its workforce, however, we currently do not have vaccines available to the public. Please click here to view information on vaccine rollout from the Department of Health and Human Resources.

DHHR COVID-19 Response
CDC COVID-19 Response

MORE COVID-19 INFORMATION

THOMAS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
4605 MacCorkle Ave, SW
South Charleston, WV 25309
(304) 766-3600

SAINT FRANCIS HOSPITAL
333 Laidley Street
Charleston, WV 25301
(304) 347-6500

info@thomashealth.org