What You Need to Know About COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease)

Thibodaux Regional Health System is committed to the safety of its patients, staff and visitors. We have been proactive in our preparations to respond and care for patients who present to the hospital with symptoms and a risk of exposure to Coronavirus.

What You Need to Know About COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease)

You can also call the Louisiana Office of Public Health Statewide Network by dialing 211 or text LACOVID to 898-211.

To reach Thibodaux Regional Health System call 985-435-4813.

How Coronavirus Spreads

Person-to-Person - When someone who is infected coughs or sneezes, and the droplets land in the mouth or nose or are inhaled into the lungs of someone close by – about a 6 feet distance or less.

Contaminated Surfaces - When someone touches a surface or object that has the virus on it and then they touch their face, mouth, eyes or nose. It should be noted that this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Symptoms of Coronavirus

Can appear between 2 and 14 days after exposure and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath

If you have symptoms or have been in close contact with someone known to have Coronavirus, call your doctor immediately. It is advised that you call ahead so your healthcare provider’s office can take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.

Prevention of Coronavirus

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds – especially if you have been in a public setting and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Cover your hands and between your fingers with the sanitizer and allow them to air dry.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth.
  • As much as you can, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places like handles, handrails, and elevator buttons. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover it if you must touch something.
  • Clean and regularly disinfect frequently touched items in your home – faucets, light switches, tables, doorknobs, handles, desks, toilets and cell phones.
  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated areas.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel.
  • You do NOT need to wear a face mask unless you are sick or caring for someone who is sick and they are unable to wear a face mask.


Some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from Coronavirus including:

  • Older adults
  • Those with a serious chronic condition such as
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung Disease

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from Coronavirus, talk with your doctor about what additional steps you should take to protect yourself.

At Thibodaux Regional, Patient, Staff and Visitor Safety is Priority.

Thibodaux Regional Health System remains in close contact with the Louisiana Department of Health and is following the guidelines and recommendations established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Thibodaux Regional is continuously monitoring the situation and will modify or change protocol as deemed necessary by the CDC.