COVID-19 Information and Updates

Updated on May 9, 2022 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.”

Inpatient Visitation at Morrow County Hospital

Effective April 20, 2022, Morrow County Hospital has established updated visitation guidelines for all inpatient, outpatient, ED, Urgent Care and Surgical stays.

We’re grateful to see lower COVID-19 transmission rates. Despite the decrease, we continue to operate under the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance for healthcare settings. Updated visitor policies were developed with this guidance in mind, and in collaboration with the central Ohio hospital systems and Ohio Hospital Association. Updates support a patient family centered care model while the patient is at Morrow County Hospital.

What’s not changing?

Requirements for visitors:

  • Must be asymptomatic and pass required screenings
  • Wear a hospital-provided mask at all times unless eating

What’s NEW?

General visitation will be from 8 AM to 8 PM daily.

  • Includes adults and minors if accompanied by an adult
  • Clinical care needs or double occupancy may limit two visitors per patient at a time

Special Isolation/COVID patients:

Visiting hours for special isolation patients are 8 AM – 8 PM daily.

  • Will be allowed 2 designated visitors for the duration of the time the patient is in isolation.
  • Only one visitor may visit in the room at a time. Once the visitor exits the isolation room, they will be asked to leave the care site until the next day.
  • Exception: If patient meets caretaker exception, caretaker is not restricted to visiting hours and can remain in room while other designated visitor is visiting.

Patients in Emergency Departments may have up to 2 adult visitors at the bedside depending on the situation. Other visitors may wait in public waiting areas.

Same day surgery, procedural areas, outpatients, and clinic offices may have up to 2 adult visitors at the bedside/exam room when clinically appropriate. Other visitors may wait in family or public waiting areas.

Exceptions:

  • Patient receiving end-of-life care: Hospice/end-of-life patients may have adult visitors at any given time and minor visitors accompanied by an adult with clinical team approval. No maximum number of visitors per day, but clinical care needs may limit number of visitors in the room at a time.
  • Special Circumstance: Determined by clinical team