CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

ACMH leadership is dedicated to ensuring a successful, aligned medical response to this evolving virus and thanks the community members in advance for their understanding and cooperation as we deal with this healthcare challenge.

CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019

COVID-19 TESTING

IMPORTANT: The ACMH Emergency Department is NOT the place to get a COVID-19 test if you have no symptoms of COVID-19. Test results do not come back more quickly by going to the Emergency Department.

All outpatient COVID-19 swabbing – with the exception of pre-operative patients – will be performed via the Drive-thru COVID-19 Testing Station located at the "E" Entrance of ACMH Hospital, Monday through Friday – 10am until 12pm.

Pre-operative patients will continue to be tested in the ACMH lab via the hospital's main lobby: Monday through Friday – 6:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Saturday – 7am until noon

A provider order is required to get a COVID-19 test. If you do not have a primary care provider, you may contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH.

To obtain your COVID-19 Test results, sign-up or log-on to your ACMH Patient Portal account, or contact your ordering provider.


 

COVID-19 BOOSTER SHOT CLINICS

All adults in Pennsylvania and children ages 12 and older are now eligible to for a COVID-19 vaccine booster.

Based on CDC recommendation, everyone 18 and older can schedule a booster dose five months after receiving their second dose of Pfizer, six months after receiving their second dose of Moderna or two months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The CDC also recommends that 12 to 17-year-olds who received Pfizer as their initial doses can schedule a Pfizer booster dose five months after receiving their second dose.

PFIZER and MODERNA BOOSTER SHOT (3rd Dose) Vaccine Clinics will take place 2pm - 5pm EVERY WEDNESDAY at the ACMH Health and Wellness Education Pavilion, located at 79 Glade Drive, Kittanning, PA

SCHEDULE YOUR PFIZER OR MODERNA BOOSTER SHOT HERE

Online registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome as supply permits. Bring your current COVID-19 vaccination card, ID and insurance card with you to the appointment. Please call (724) 543-8844 if you need assistance making an appointment.



COVID-19 FIRST DOSE VACCINATIONS

First dose vaccinations (Moderna and Pfizer) will be offered at the ACMH Health and Wellness Education Pavilion - 79 Glade Drive, Kittanning, PA from 2pm – 5pm EVERY WEDNESDAY.  Moderna Primary Series is available for adults age 18 and up and the Pfizer Primary Series is avaiable for adults and children age 12 and up.

SCHEDULE YOUR FIRST DOSE COVID VACCINATION HERE

Online registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome as supply permits. Bring your current COVID-19 vaccination card, ID and insurance card with you to the appointment. Please call (724) 543-8844 if you need assistance making an appointment.

FOR INFORMATION ON LOCAL COVID-19 VACCINATION AVAILABILITY ELSEWHERE, PLEASE VISIT: https://www.vaccines.gov/

 


COVID-19 VACCINATION FOR CHILDREN 5-11 YEARS OLD

CDC now recommends that children between the ages of 5 and 11 years receive the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccination clinics for children ages 5-11 will take place from 5pm - 7pm EVERY WEDNESDAY at the ACMH Health and Wellness Education Pavilion - 79 Glade Drive, Kittanning, PA

SCHEDULE YOUR CHILD'S VACCINATION HERE.

Please make sure to schedule pediatric vaccine appointments only on the above dates. Clinics will be held at the ACMH Health and Wellness Education Pavilion, located at 79 Glade Drive, Kittanning. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and the Pfizer vaccine will be administered. Online registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome as supply permits. Please call (724) 543-8844 if you need assistance making an appointment.

For additional information, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/planning/children.html

Click HERE to view the full Vaccine Information Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers which includes the Fact Sheet for the authorized Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for use in individuals 5 through 11 years of age.


 

MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY TREATMENT

Monoclonal antibodies are among the most promising treatments for mild to moderate COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.  ACMH is pleased to be among the health care organizations in Pennsylvania offering monoclonal antibody treatment, which is authorized by the FDA for emergency use in the treatment of COVID-19.

A doctor's order is required to receive treatment. Contact your physician to see if you qualify, and your provider will schedule your appointment at the outpatient infusion center located in the ACMH Health and Wellness Education Pavilion, 79 Glade Drive, Kittanning, PA.

Visit our Monoclonal Antibody treatment page for more information HERE.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING EMERGENCY CARE AT ACMH 

With hospitals across the state stretched thin, hospitals are seeing increased wait times and staffing challenges in emergency rooms. ACMH Hospital is currently experiencing a very high volume of COVID-19 patients and emergent medical cases and is at this time asking patients to come to the emergency room only when they believe that they have an emergency medical condition.

ACMH has a network of healthcare providers ready to help when you seek the appropriate level of care. If you have a non-life-threatening illness or injury, please contact your primary care doctor, an urgent care facility or visit one of our Primary Care Center locations.

Call 911 immediately or visit the emergency department only for critical conditions and life-threatening illnesses or injuries.
 
If you need a COVID-19 test, please contact your physician for an order, or visit one of the many retail pharmacy options in the region offering testing. To find a testing site near you, visit www.pa.gov/covid/stop-the-spread/covid-19-symptoms-testing/.
 
Help us help the community by getting vaccinated. A large percentage of those currently hospitalized for COVID-19 in our region are unvaccinated. The vaccine is the best way to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy and out of the hospital during the pandemic. Visit www.vaccines.gov for information on vaccine availability in our region. An increase in local vaccination rates would translate into less stress on our hospital resources.
 
In addition, wear a mask and keep your distance from others when possible. Regardless of your vaccination status, follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations for preventing the spread of the virus.

 

VISITATION AT ACMH HOSPITAL

Due to the increasing COVID positivity rate in Armstrong County, visitation restrictions will be reinstituted effective Monday, August 30, 2021. Only one support person (visitor) will be permitted for the duration of the patient’s stay.


PATIENT SUPPORT PERSON GUIDELINES:
  • Support person (visitor) must remain in the patient room for the duration of the visit and refrain from visiting other areas of the hospital.
  • Support person must be 18 years or older and healthy.
  • Support person should always be wearing a face mask while in the facility.

VISITATION TIMES:

INPATIENT

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH UNIT
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

MATERNITY UNIT 
One support person is permitted per patient

SKILLED NURSING UNIT
Visitation to the Skilled Nursing Unit has resumed. Screening is required at entrance.
 
  

E - ENTRANCE ACCESS

Entrance "E" is now open to employees and scheduled surgical patient entry only, from 5 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Surgical patients will continue to be limited to one support person/driver.

 

REVISED SERVICE HOURS


MAIN LOBBY ACCESS HOURS:
Monday - Friday 5:30am - 5:30pm.
Saturday 5:30am - 3:30pm.
Sunday 5:30am - 12 noon.

ACMH LABORATORY SERVICES HOURS:
Monday - Friday 6:30am - 5:30pm and Saturday 7:00am - 12 noon
Questions regarding ACMH laboratory service, please call (724) 543-8219

DRAW STATION HOURS:
Downtown Kittanning and Ford City Health Pavilion locations: Monday - Friday, from 7:00am to 12:00 noon
Cowansville location: Tuesday and Thursday, from 7:00am to 12 noon

ACMH IMAGING SERVICES HOURS:
Monday - Friday 7:00am - 5:30pm and Saturday 8:00am - 12 noon
Questions regarding ACMH imaging service, please call (724) 543-8787

E-ENTRANCE COLLECTION STATION:
Monday through Friday 11:00am – 1:00pm 

MEDICAL RECORDS OFFICE:
Arrangements can be made to obtain your records by contacting the Medical Records Department at 724-543-8554.  For physician office and clinic records please call 724-548-3804.  Requests can be received M-F from 7:00am - 4:00pm or by leaving a message after hours.

GIFT SHOP AND SNACK BAR:
Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 2:00pm

HAVE YOU RECOVERED FROM COVID-19 AND WANT TO HELP SAVE LIVES?

Vitalant is collecting plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19. Called “convalescent plasma,” it contains antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which can be given to patients currently fighting COVID-19. 

To be eligible, a potential donor must have:
  • A prior laboratory diagnosis of COVID-19, either by a positive swab test OR a positive test for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies requested by your health care provider
  • Complete resolution of symptoms for at least 28 days
  • All other donor eligibility for an automated plasma donation

Visit https://www.vitalant.org/covidFree for information on becoming a donor.

 

ONLINE VIRTUAL VISITS

ACMH physician offices offer the convenience and safety advantages of online telehealth visits. Use your internet connected device (PC, Mac, Android or iOS/Apple) that is equipped with a camera and microphone to stay in touch with your primary care provider from the comfort and safety of your home. Call your ACMH physician office to request a telehealth visit.


COMMUNITY SUPPORT

The ACMH Board of Directors, Administration, medical staff, all hospital staff and local EMS providers sincerely express our thanks for the community's willingness to stay home, quarantine and help minimize the spread of the coronavirus.  We continue to ask everyone to stay the course and know that you are making a difference. To all of our community members and organizations that have surrounded us in prayer and support, we thank you as well.  Together we can get through this difficult time. 

Thank You to the following individuals and companies that have donated supplies:
• Snyder Group
• Image Works Painting
• Rosebud Mining
• SBS Contractors, Inc.
• Continental Clay
• Lisa Bartlett
• Liz White 
• Lenape Tech
• Sylvia Hooks
• Dr. William Oleksak
• Lowes
• Rural King
• Sylvan Bio Sciences
• Alterink Tattoo Removal
• Curly Tail Coffee
• Klingensmith Drug Store
• Bergad, Inc.
• Oliver Outdoor
• Harvest Community Church Congregation- Kittanning, PA 
• American Legion in Cowansville
• Lion Clubs of Ford City, Kittanning, and Worthington
• Law Offices of Gregory Swank
• ACMH Ladies Auxiliary
 

LINKS TO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice (e.g., while shouting, chanting, or singing). These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies show that a significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 lack symptoms (are “asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (are “pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.  To reduce the spread of COVID-19, CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
 

Social distancing means staying away from close contact in public spaces. It includes actions like staying out of places where lots of people gather and maintaining distance — approximately 6 feet — from others. Social distancing also includes minimizing contact with people. All Pennsylvanians are being encouraged to practice social distancing — not just those who are seriously ill or at high risk. Social distancing is a proven way to slow the spread of pandemics.

1) Wet your hands, turn off the tap, and apply soap.
2) Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
3) Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
4) Rinse your hands with water
5) Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Use Hand Sanitizer When You Can’t Use Soap and Water