COVID-19 Information and Updates

Updated on June 19, 2020 at 11:50am

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.

We are expanding our care and remaining focused on safety

On April 27, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced a phased approach to reopening our state and economy, starting with a focus on healthcare. On May 4, Morrow County Hospital resumed elective procedures and portions of in-office care. That means if you’ve been waiting for care, there’s no better time to call your provider.

Here are the details we have to share today about our care and the extra steps we’re taking to keep you safe.

Three important things to remember

  • The best way to seek non-urgent care now is to call your provider’s office. Use our Find a Doctor search tool if you need one. They may recommend an office visit or a virtual care option like telehealth video visits or a primary care E-Visit. If you do not have a provider or cannot get in to see one right away, you may also visit our Urgent Care.
  • If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department. Our Emergency Department is prepared to safely address any emergency.
  • Back to business may not feel like business as usual. Our fight continues against COVID-19, and every decision we make will put safety first, even at the expense of efficiency or convenience. You will see more about our added safety measures below.

What you need to know about your care

On May 4, Morrow County Hospital resumed some outpatient surgeries and procedures that do not require an overnight stay.

  • You will receive information directly from your physician’s office about your upcoming procedures, and where to go if you need testing.
  • If you are scheduled for a surgery or procedure with anesthesia or sedation at a Morrow County Hospital, you must be tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of your procedure.

Also beginning May 4, some of our community OhioHealth physician offices and ambulatory locations resumed in-office care.

  • Please call your provider or location to confirm hours of operation.
  • If you have been putting off seeking care, we encourage you to reach out to your physician as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.

Visitor restrictions will not be changing at this time. See our visitor policies detailed below.

OhioHealth Physician Group is continuing to offer telehealth appointments by phone or video to patients who do not need to be treated in person.

  • More than 1,000 OhioHealth primary care and specialist physicians in nearly every medical specialty are caring for patients virtually with telehealth appointments.
  • Your physician will decide whether a telehealth visit is the best way to approach your care, based on your unique needs and medical necessity.

What you need to know about your safety

Our added safety measures include:

  • Daily health screening of associates, including temperature monitoring.
  • Using hospital-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) that is appropriate for each associate’s role.
  • Requiring all associates and providers to wear masks.
  • Providing masks for patients and approved visitors.
  • Reviewing all clinical and operational processes with a team of certified infection prevention specialists to ensure the highest level of safety.
  • Rigorously enforcing hand-washing protocols.
  • Cleaning our facilities and medical devices with hospital-grade products approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to kill the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
  • Developing innovative ways to limit in-person contact, such as moving monitoring equipment out of patients’ rooms to preserve PPE, and using phone and video interactions, when appropriate.

There are steps you can take to help us promote a safe environment. When you go to the doctor’s office or the hospital, you may see many of the same precautions you see at the grocery store or in other public settings to promote social distancing and prevent the spread of disease. Please be on the lookout for these visual reminders and join us in putting safety first.

Phase 1 – Patient Directed Visitation Plan

Effective June 22, 2020

Patient Directed Visitation Plan

  • Each patient will have an individualized care plan, detailing:
    • Who their designated visitor is and when they should visit
    • If they want a support person in addition to their visitor contacted with updates
    • What time it is appropriate to contact their support person
  • Plan will be created upon admission and reviewed at shift change

Inpatient Visitation Guidelines

  • One designated visitor per the entire stay. One visit per day (no multiple visits)
  • Visitors will enter through the Front entrance (Blue Entrance A) on the east side of the building between 6am and 6pm Monday through Friday and through the ED entrance (Red Entrance B) on the west side of the building between 6pm and 8pm and on weekends and holidays.
  • All visitors receive a wrist band with the date and patient’s room number. A new band will be required for each visit
  • Visitors must pass screening and temp station and must follow PPE guidelines (must wear masks during visit)
  • Visitors should stay in patient’s room at all times
  • No visitors under the age of 18
  • No Visitors for COVID positive patients (follow current process)
  • No overnight visitors (exceptions through incident commander or manager). Visitation will end at 8pm.
  • Continue Current COVID Exemptions (if only loved one is under 18, end of life situations, etc.)
  • Continue current surgery/procedure guidelines
  • Visitors not allowed for behavioral health patients

Surgical Visitation Guidelines

  • One designated visitor will be allowed to accompany the surgical patient to their room
  • Visitors will enter through the Front entrance (Blue Entrance A) on the east side of the building only
  • All visitors receive a wrist band with the date and patient’s room number.
  • Visitors must pass screening and temp station and must follow PPE guidelines (must wear masks during visit)
  • Visitors should stay in patient’s room at all times
  • No visitors under the age of 18

ED, Urgent Care, and Non-Surgical Outpatient Visitation Guidelines

  • The ED, Urgent Care and Non-Surgical Outpatient departments will continue a “no visitor” policy at this time
  • Visitors will be asked to remain in their vehicles (with limited exceptions)

Requesting Medical Records

In an effort to help protect the health of associates and visitors we would like to limit the amount of visitors in the HIM Department. We realize that obtaining medical records is an important and necessary task, and we would like to remind patients of the many ways they can request records without having to physically come on site.

Please click here for more information and click here to download the release form.

Cafeteria Update

Effective March 16, 2020, the Morrow County Hospital Cafeteria will be open to serve our patients and staff only. We will not be serving visitors and the general public at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Morrow County Hospital 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.

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

Morrow County Hospital Suspends Health Awareness Blood Profiles

In an effort to protect our patients, visitors, physicians and staff from COVID-19 and due to the requirement to cancel large group gatherings, Morrow County Hospital has suspended the Community Health Awareness Blood Profiles scheduled for April 22, 23 and 24 at the hospital.

The Health Awareness Blood Profiles scheduled for September 23, 24 and 25, 2020 from 6 to 9 a.m. at Morrow County Hospital have not been changed.

Morrow County Hospital 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.