ATHENS — In an effort to protect our patients, visitors, physicians and staff from COVID-19, OhioHealth has implemented the following visitor restrictions at all OhioHealth hospitals effective Monday, March 16 at 7 a.m.
Visitor guidelines: Visitors must be 18 years or older; Patients will be limited to one visitor at a time, up to two visitors per day, in most areas of the hospital; Maternity patients will be limited to one support person during their entire length of stay; In-person Behavioral Health visits will no longer be permitted due to the common space these require; Visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Overnight visits will not be permitted with the exception of end-of-life situations; We will make limited exceptions for end-of-life patients and for those with disabilities who need assistance.
Care sites impacted: OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital; OhioHealth Grant Medical Center; OhioHealth Doctors Hospital; OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital; OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital; OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital; OhioHealth Marion General Hospital; OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital; OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital; OhioHealth Shelby Hospital; OhioHealth Grove City Methodist Hospital; OhioHealth Berger Hospital.
Visitors to all OhioHealth hospitals, outpatient care centers and physician offices will also be screened and will not be granted entrance if any of the following applies: Exhibiting Flu-like symptoms; Fever within the past 24 hours; Cough or shortness of breath within the past 14 days; Contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient within the past 14 days; International travel within the past 14 days.
What OhioHealth is doing to prepare for COVID-19:
OhioHealth has been planning, meeting and working to prepare to safely treat COVID-19 patients at all of our care sites. We have taken many proactive steps including: Screening all patients and visitors entering our hospitals and limiting access for those who have signs, symptoms, travel history or contact with COVID-19; Implementing protocols for treating suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases; Providing an alert system in our electronic medical record system to flag any patients who meet symptom and travel criteria; Activating the OhioHealth Emergency Clinical Response Team (ECRT) to serve as first responders. This well-trained expert team have been tasked with the safe care of suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients; Having an infection prevention specialist on-call 24/7 to immediately respond to any situation; Confirming that OhioHealth has a significant level of emergency supplies, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); Updating contingency plans to prepare for different levels of the outbreak.
OhioHealth is committed to providing a safe environment for patients, associates and physicians. We are consistently reassessing the evolving situation, working closely with our public health partners and revising our internal action plans as necessary.