COVID-19 Patient and Visitor Information
Your Safety is Our Top Priority
You may be concerned about news of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and
its implications for your health and those of your loved ones. Your safety
and well-being are our top priority.
Please know that:
- We are taking all necessary measures and precautions to protect the safety
of our patients and staff.
- We specialize in the care of patients with complex illnesses and have experience
with managing and containing novel viruses.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and we suggest you check out the latest
updates on the
CDC website as well as the website of your
state health department.
Hospital visitor policies have been updated to reflect national efforts
to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. This policy may change at
any time due to the rapidly evolving situation.
- At this time no visitors are permitted
- Exceptions will be made for patients at the end of life, patients under
the age of 18 and disabled patients
- We have postponed all elective surgeries but will still perform all essential
Frequently Asked Questions about the Novel Coronavirus
What is our hospital doing to protect patients?
- We are screening patients with symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of
breath and with a history of travel within the past 14 days to communities
with widespread or sustained community transmission of the coronavirus.
- If we have a confirmed or potential patient with COVID-19, we will institute
standard infectious disease protocols, as well as additional measures,
to prevent the potential spread of the virus. All healthcare providers
who have contact with the patient will use appropriate personal protective
equipment (PPE), following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- We have set up a Nurses Hotline (740) 623-4019 if you feel you have symptoms
of COVID-19 or have questions.
- A Respiratory Screening Center is located 406 S. 15th Street in Coshocton
across from the Emergency Department for those that are showing symptoms
of COVID-19 and meet criteria to be tested.
How concerned should I be about the coronavirus?
- As of now, the seasonal flu remains a significant health risk.
- Coronaviruses can cause the common cold and pneumonia. Most people infected
with the novel coronavirus have mild cold symptoms. A small fraction of
people, however, may require more intensive care. We understand your concern
about protecting yourself from respiratory diseases. There is no recommendation
to routinely wear a mask at this time.
Keep informed of the risk by checking the
situation update on the CDC website.
What can I do to protect myself?
It is understandable to feel uncertain or anxious during a public health
crisis, and we need to remember to avoid making assumptions about others'
perceived symptoms or any characteristics of identity. Currently, there
is no vaccine to prevent the novel coronavirus infection. The best way
to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
Here are the current
CDC recommendations to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Take everyday preventive actions for respiratory infections, such as avoiding
close contact with people who are sick, staying home when sick, and washing
Avoid traveling to places with widespread or sustained community transmission
of the coronavirus. A good place for reliable travel information can be
found on the
CDC's travel advisory page.
Should I wear a mask?
The CDC does not recommend the use of face masks for the general U.S. public
to protect themselves from respiratory viruses, including the novel coronavirus.
The best way to protect your health is by practicing preventive measures
listed above to help prevent illness and symptoms similar to the novel
Where can I learn more?
Concerned patients and family members should talk with their healthcare provider.
You can also find more information about the virus from these websites.