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(COVID-19) Coronavirus Update

What you need to know about (COVID-19) Coronavirus

Mary Rutan Hospital stands ready to care for our community

We know there are concerns that many of us are currently facing regarding the coronavirus and we want our community to know that we are working continually to support the healthcare needs of our community.

Our clinical teams are well-trained and prepared to manage outbreaks of viruses and infectious diseases. We are committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers and visitors.

We are continuing to work closely with the Logan County Health District and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure our hospital is prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond to those who are infected or exposed to the coronavirus.

We urge everyone to take an active role in prevention and recognize the enormous sacrifice being made by all facets of society to help slow the spread of the virus. Be assured Mary Rutan Hospital is working diligently to fulfill our part of this equation.

What you can expect from Mary Rutan Hospital

We have formed a multi-disciplinary task force to ensure that our patients, communities, and employees are provided with safe care. Staff are utilizing guidelines, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to reduce risks that include identifying and treating symptoms, safety precautions for patients, visitors, and staff, and streamlining the process for individuals who may present in need of COVID-19 screening.

What you need to know before attending your appointment or visiting a Mary Rutan Hospital location if you have flu-like symptoms

Urgent Care & Emergency Department

If you do not require emergency services, please contact your primary care provider first for a telephone assessment of your condition. Upon determination from your primary care provider, you will be directed to the appropriate level of care.

If you do not have a primary care provider and are experiencing flu-like symptoms, please call:

  • Logan County Health District (8:30 am to 4 pm), 937.592.9040
  • Mary Rutan Hospital Urgent Care (9 am to 8 pm, seven days a week), 937.651.6820
  • Mary Rutan Hospital Emergency Department (24 hours a day), 937.592.4015

Physician Clinics

IF YOU HAVE FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS, please call before your appointment for a complete telephone assessment before arrival. Mary Rutan Hospital physician clinics include:

  • Mary Rutan Hospital Internal Medicine (telemedicine available)
  • Mary Rutan Hospital Obstetrics & Gynecology (telemedicine available)
  • Mary Rutan Hospital Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
  • Mary Rutan Hospital Pediatrics (telemedicine available)
  • Mary Rutan Hospital General Surgery
  • Mary Rutan Hospital Urology
  • Mary Rutan Hospital Ear, Nose and Throat
  • Mary Rutan Hospital Neurology (telemedicine available)
  • Mary Rutan Hospital Urbana Clinic (telemedicine available)
  • Mary Rutan Hospital Indian Lake Clinic
  • Mary Rutan Hospital Jackson Center Family Care (telemedicine available)
  • Mary Rutan Hospital Corporate Health (telemedicine available)
  • NEX Associate & Family Clinic operated by Mary Rutan Hospital (telemedicine available)

Telemedicine:

Many of our providers are pleased to offer the convenience of telemedicine (for both new and existing patients), using doxy.me, a phone call or video chat. Please contact your provider's office for further guidance.

Non-physician Clinics and Outpatient Services

DO NOT ATTEND AN UPCOMING APPOINTMENT IF YOU HAVE FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS. Be sure to contact your primary care provider for a telephone assessment of your condition. Mary Rutan Hospital non-physician Clinics and Outpatient Services include:

  • Mary Rutan Hospital Therapy & Sports Medicine
    (Bellefontaine & Urbana Locations)
  • Mary Rutan Hospital Crawfis Imaging Center
  • Mary Rutan Hospital Weight Management
  • Mary Rutan Hospital Nutrition Counseling
  • Mary Rutan Hospital Sleep Disorders Center
  • Mary Rutan Hospital Respiratory Care
  • Mary Rutan Hospital Disease Management
  • Mary Rutan Hospital Cardiovascular Services
  • Mary Rutan Hospital Audiology
  • Any Outpatient Services on the Hospital campus (including dermatology and allergy)

The health and safety of our patients and visitors is a top priority. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we eliminate walk-in hours and initiate these additional procedures to protect our patients, employees, and community.

Visitor restrictions

The health and safety of our patients and visitors is a top priority at Mary Rutan Hospital. We understand how important the support of loved ones and friends is to patients during their hospital visit. At the same time, COVID-19 requires us to adjust our visitation policy to keep our patients and visitors safe from infection.

Visitation will be restricted at our hospital as follows:

    • No visitation is allowed at our hospital. Case by case exceptions may be made for end-of-life, maternity, minors and emergency surgery patients
    • All adult visitor/support persons will be screened for fever and respiratory symptoms
    • Children under the age of 18 are not allowed to visit

Visitation is restricted, in a similar manner, at our off-site and physician clinic locations.

Elective procedures

In response to information received from the Central Ohio Trauma System (COTS), Mary Rutan Hospital announced that all non-urgent surgeries and procedures will be postponed; this policy will begin on Thursday, March 19, 2020 and end on Friday, May 1, 2020. This temporary measure will allow us to conserve supplies in the anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases.

Parking and entering Mary Rutan Hospital

All patients are now required to enter through the Emergency Department; this entrance will be open 24/7. The cardiology entrance will be accessible for cardiology patients only, Monday – Friday between 7:30 am and 4:00 pm. Screening of patients and visitors will occur before entry into the facility.

The Irving Avenue parking lot (directly across from the Emergency Department entrance) is reserved for visitors and patients. It is the most convenient parking lot to access the Emergency Department entrance.

Is Mary Rutan Hospital testing for COVID-19?

Testing is limited and Mary Rutan Hospital is working with the Logan County Health District to prioritize testing to only patients who meet CDC-established criteria.

Donation requests for personal protective equipment (PPE)

During this critical time, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies are running low nationwide and the effects are being seen in Logan County. To help area first responders and health care professionals who continue to serve vulnerable patients and community members, we ask for your help to address this shortage. The following new or unused supplies are needed:

  • Gloves
  • Mask (all types)
  • Digital thermometers
  • Goggles
  • Face shields
  • N95 Mask
  • Gowns (all types)
  • Hand sanitizer

Items may be dropped off at MRH Logan View location at 110 Dowell Avenue in Bellefontaine (between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm). We ask that items are bagged or boxed for easy drop-off.

Donation of food for staff

We are grateful for donations of individually wrapped, packaged and commercially prepared food for our hard-working staff. Please schedule food donations with Vicki Rapp at 937-599-7029.

Community events, classes and support groups

All planned community events, classes and support groups are canceled until further notice.

Cafeteria and food service

The cafeteria will be closed to visitors until further notice. Visitors can call 937.651.6425 for meal delivery options directly to patient rooms. Meal service for all inpatients will remain unaffected.

Volunteers

Out of the abundance of caution, and for our volunteers’ protection, we are temporarily suspending all Mary Rutan Hospital volunteer activities.

More about (COVID-19) Coronavirus

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and include fever, cough and shortness of breath

What can I do to protect myself and others?

Public health officials recommend the following steps to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including influenza and COVID-19:

  • Call before visiting your doctor
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay at home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing hands often, using either soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

What are the best resources to stay up-to-date?

Stay informed about the COVID-19 situation from public health officials and other credible sources like the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus, ODH website at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov or the Logan County Health District at www.loganhealth.org.