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"IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM RUSSELL COUNTY HOSPITAL: If you feel you have coronavirus symptoms and want to be tested, contact your Physician FIRST to get a Doctors order for the test BEFORE coming to the hospital. Acutely ill come to the Emergency Room." | COVID-19 Rules effective on August 2, 2021 . Masks are now required AGAIN for everyone entering the hospital, vaccinated or not vaccinated. This includes Hospital Employees, Patients, and Visitors. Russell County Hospital is looking out for the safety and welfare of Employees as well as Patients and the Community. Also, the Russell County Hospital Health Fair and Lab Draws have been cancelled.


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Coronavirus (COVID-19)


IMMEDIATE RELEASE - No Covid 19 Tests at Emergency Room:"Life- or-Limb-threatening ER Visits" at Russell County Hospital

Russell County Hospital urges anyone who believes they have a "life-or-limb threatening emergency," to call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Department, ESPECIALLY people experiencing serious health emergencies such as: stroke symptoms, chest pain, or trauma.

In Russell County and the Lake Cumberland area, COVID19 hospitalizations are reaching record highs so the hospital is getting explicit about what medical needs indicate a trip to the emergency room. Emergency Room waiting time could be several hours for health issues that do not qualify as life-or-limb threatening.

Emergency Rooms are not "First-come-First-served," but determination is made whether the Individual has a life -or-limb threatening emergency, by Qualified Physicians and Clinical Teams who prioritize based on Medical Necessity.

Listen - ER visits for COVID-19 tests are specifically discouraged.

Russell County Hospital Rural Clinics offer the following hours of scheduled Covid-19 Testing:


*Primary Care Associates of Russell County Hours of Covid-19 Testing:

Call (270) 866-8881 to schedule time to come in for Covid-19 Test,

Between 8am-7pm Monday - Friday.

After-Hours Clinic: Call (270) 866-7303 to schedule time to come in for Covid-19 Test,

Saturday & Sunday 8am-7pm

*Family Practice Associates of Russell County:

Call (270)866-2440 to schedule time to come in for Covid-19 Test,

between 9am-4:30pm Monday-Friday. No Testing on Saturdays & Sundays


Russell County Hospital strongly advises against using emergency departments for COVID testing and warns the use of ERs for testing will not lead to faster results. Patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, ICUs are full, After-Hours Clinics & Urgent-Care Clinics are overwhelmed, and Emergency Rooms are backed up, so Russell County Hospital is managing capacity to ensure Individuals with the most critical needs, can access the care needed

Russell County Hospital continues to serve our mission of providing healthcare in the communities we serve; we are dedicated to safeguarding the health and safety of our patients as well as RCH Staff, Volunteers and Visitors.

For weeks we have carefully monitored the coronavirus situation and have worked to be prepared to provide care when and if needed.

Please note this is subject to change as this situation unfolds.

Effective Tuesday, March 17 the following restrictions have been placed on those visiting the hospital. The entrance doors (with the exception of ER) will be closed from 6:00 PM each evening to 7:00 AM Monday - Friday. The doors will also be closed from 6:00 PM Friday and re-open at 7:00 AM Monday.

Anyone who is here as a patient/minor can have one person accompany them if necessary.

There will be no visitors permitted in the hospital until further notice. Exceptions to this rule will be managed by specific provider order and for hospice patients.


If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms such as cough, fever, aches or shortness of breath or you have traveled to an area where you may have been exposed to COVID-19 please contact your Medical Provider for further directions before going to a doctor office or emergency room. Your provider's office can screen your symptoms and instruct you on how to receive medical care at Russell County Hospital or by Russell County Hospital Staff.

Listed below is information and links to help your family be prepared for coronavirus.

For more information on Coronavirus please visit... Department for Public Health website at www.kycovid19.ky.gov or call the COVID-19 Hotline at 1 (800) 722-5725.

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