COVID-19 Information and Updates

Updated on September 16, 2021 at 1:50pm

This page contains updates and information on how Morrow County Hospital is dealing with the impact of COVID-19. Please check back frequently for the latest updates.

OhioHealth COVID-19 Toolkit

In addition to the following information that is specific to Morrow County Hospital, we encourage you to follow OhioHealth’s continuing conversation around the coronavirus and COVID-19 by clicking here.

COVID-19 Vaccine

If you are interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine, the Morrow County Health District would like to add you to their vaccination list. Call the Morrow County Health District at (419) 947-1545, extension 302. Leave a message with the following information: your name, age, your availability (mornings, afternoons, anytime, etc.) and your population group (general, 65 and older, teacher, etc.).

The COVID-19 vaccine supply is limited and the health district is focused on reaching the most critical groups first. As supply increases, more vaccines will be offered to more people who want it. If you are not in the priority groups to receive the vaccine right away, the health district can add you to their list for future scheduling.

Where to Receive Care & COVID Testing During COVID Surge

With the latest COVID surge, many hospitals are seeing record numbers. Morrow County Hospital has seen an increase in positive COVID cases by 26% in the last two weeks and our county’s vaccination rate has only increased by 2% over the last month. Many of the patients requiring hospitalization are experiencing a higher degree of illness than seen in the past. To help manage the high volume of patients, Morrow County Hospital is working to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place and maximize the experience for all COVID and non-COVID patients.

Urgent Care
Urgent Care is available when you need immediate but not emergent care outside your primary care physician’s regular office hours, and/or when your primary care physician cannot see you right away. In-person COVID testing at Morrow County Hospital Urgent Care locations is limited to patients with symptoms.

Emergency Department
Patients should go to the ED when they have a true medical emergency. This means a severe head injury, stroke, persistent shortness of breath or wheezing, persistent chest pain, major cuts/severe bleeding, major burns or major breaks, sprains and strains. Our emergency department is only equipped to provide COVID-19 testing to patients in need of emergency care. If you only need a COVID-19 test, click here to find a testing location in Morrow County .

COVID Vaccines

  • The vast majority of hospitalized COVID patients have not received the COVID vaccine.
  • Morrow County Hospital offers a COVID vaccine clinic every Thursday. Please call 419-949-3126 to make an appointment or go to https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov to schedule an appointment.
  • Patients may also get the vaccine through a local pharmacy retailer or the Health Department.
  • The vaccine can keep people out of the hospital, allowing beds for more critically ill patients. We know that 80% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated, 87% of intensive care COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated and 97% of COVID-19 patients under the age of 50 are unvaccinated.

COVID Testing

  • COVID-19 testing at Morrow County Hospital is primarily intended for people with infection or exposure concerns. If you’re experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has COVID, and have questions about COVID testing, contact your primary care provider who can help determine if testing is necessary.
  • If you need proof of a negative COVID-19 test for reasons such as travel or event access, we recommend finding a testing location near you on the Ohio Department of Health website.
  • If you need a rapid COVID-19 test or walk-in service, find a testing location near you on the Ohio Department of Health website.

“We really appreciate the support and the patience of our community as we navigate the next couple of months,” said Miller. “Thank you for entrusting us with your care and seeking the right level of care to help us provide the best experience possible.”

Guidelines for Inpatient Visitation at Morrow County Hospital

Effective immediately, Morrow County Hospital has established updated visitation guidelines for all inpatient, outpatient, ED, Urgent Care and Surgical stays. All visitors will be required to wear a mask while in the facility and must be asymptomatic of COVID-19 symptoms. Visitors may not dine in the cafeteria at this time.

Inpatient Visitation Guidelines

  • One designated visitor per day (no multiple visits)
  • Visitors will enter through the Front entrance (Blue Entrance A) on the east side of the building between 8 am and 6 pm Monday through Friday and through the ED entrance (Red Entrance B) on the west side of the building between 6 pm and 8 pm and on weekends and holidays.
  • Visitors should stay in patient’s room at all times.
  • No visitors under the age of 18.
  • No Visitors for COVID positive patients.
  • No overnight visitors. Visitation will end at 8 pm.
  • Visitors not allowed for behavioral health patients

The following exceptions will be made for patients in unique medical situations:

  • Isolation/COVID patients will continue to follow the exemption policy that is currently in place of no visitors, with the following exceptions:
  • Patients receiving end-of-life care can have up to three visitors at any given time, and no maximum number of visitors per day.
  • Patients receiving pediatric, adolescent care – Minor patients may have two parents or guardians visit.
  • Visitors with disabilities who need assistance.
  • Caretakers for visitors who are disoriented, disabled or in need of an interpreter are permitted.
  • Visitors with disabilities who need assistance.
  • Caretakers for visitors who are disoriented, disabled or in need of an interpreter are permitted.

Surgical Visitation Guidelines:

  • One designated visitor will be allowed to accompany the surgical patient to their room for all non-COVID patients.
  • Visitors will enter through the Front Entrance (Blue Entrance A) on the east side of the building only.
  • Visitors should stay in patient’s rooms at all times.
  • No visitors under the age of 18.

ED and Urgent Care Visitation Guidelines

  • The ED and Urgent Care departments will enforce a “no visitor” policy for COVID-19 positive patients at this time.
  • Visitors will be asked to remain in their vehicles (with limited exceptions).

Guidelines for Public Meetings at Morrow County Hospital

Beginning Thursday, June 3, 2021, Morrow County Hospital will allow external community groups to use hospital meeting rooms with the following precautions:

  • Medical-grade masks are REQUIRED when entering/exiting the building, as well as during any meeting inside the hospital.
  • Social distancing will still be adhered to inside the facility.
  • Meeting room availability will be based on the size of the group. Due to social distancing requirements, a maximum of 20 participants are permitted if chairs and tables are needed. A maximum of 25-30 participants are permitted when chairs only are required.