Testing could be considered if you have any of the following:

  • Fever (temperature of 100.4 or greater by mouth)
  • New cough
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or diarrhea
  • New or worsening shortness of breath
  • New shaking or chills
  • New muscle pain (like flu)
  • New headache (like flu)
  • New sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Had close contact to a COVID positive person
    • Close contact means more than 15 minutes and less than 6 feet where infected person was not wearing a mask.

Princeton Hospital/Mercer Medical Group and Athens Medical Center will offer Telemedicine Triage with one of our providers via laptop, iPad, tablet, smartphone, or telephone.

Call either:

Mercer Medical Group Primary Care 
at 304.487.7936

Athens Medical Center
at 304.384.7325

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday.
We will accommodate as many as we can.

When should you go to the emergency room?

Go to the emergency room for problems that can’t wait, such as:

  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe bleeding or trauma
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Loss of or blurred vision
  • High, uncontrolled fever
  • Head injuries
  • Burns
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Broken bones

Our greatest priority during the COVID-19 pandemic is to provide the best possible care while protecting the health and wellbeing of all patients and employees.

Is our emergency room safe during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our hospitals and clinics are safe, operational, and prepared to handle health emergencies as well as coronavirus cases. Princeton Community Hospital isolates suspected COVID-19 patients to keep our other patients and healthcare professionals safe.

We are confident we can effectively care for an infected patient with little risk to our other patients, and PCH closely follows CDC protocols and works with local public health departments to ensure our hospitals and clinics are safe and ready when emergencies happen.

Please don’t delay your care in an emergency

During this time of uncertainty, many are apprehensive to visit a hospital and don’t want to overwhelm healthcare resources. But please don’t delay when something urgent comes up—we have the resources we need and are prepared and available to care for you and your family.

Although these are frightening times, fear should never create a barrier to receiving emergency medical services. If you or a loved one is experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency, please call 9-1-1 and ask to be taken to your nearest hospital.

Princeton Community Hospital understands you are very concerned about your loved one who is hospitalized during this COVID-19 pandemic.

We have had to implement a NO Visitors Restriction for your loved one’s safety, your safety, and staff safety. Please help us with communication to your family and friends by having only one family spokesperson to call and communicate with the nursing staff regarding the patient’s condition and plan of care. 

Nursing will communicate this plan to the patient at time of admission and will obtain the name of their ONE designated spokesperson for all communication.
The designated spokesperson should then communicate to the rest of family members, preserving nursing’s time for direct care of your loved one and other patients.

Thank you in advance for your patience, understanding, and compliance with our visitor restrictions as we together keep everyone as safe from infection as we can.