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(COVID-19) Coronavirus Update

What you can expect from Mary Rutan Hospital

Mary Rutan Hospital has resumed medically necessary outpatient surgeries, non-urgent provider visits, well-checks, well-baby visits, imaging procedures and diagnostic testing with extensive processes in place to keep patients and employees safe.

We are carefully resuming outpatient elective surgeries and procedures, while at the same time seeing an increase in visits to our physician offices. Our priority continues to be the health and safety of our patients and employees, so we have taken additional steps to protect everyone during this process.

Some may still wonder if it is safe to see their provider or seek medical care for a surgery or procedure that has been delayed or a new medical condition that is causing concern. Individuals are encouraged to reach out to their providers and discuss any concerns they may have, as delaying care can be just as concerning.

As a precaution, surgical patients at Mary Rutan Hospital now undergo COVID-19 testing before surgery and all previous COVID-19 precautions remain in effect, including a strict visitor policy and screening of all patients who enter any of our locations.

Patients and approved visitors are now required to wear a mask or face covering at the hospital and all offsite locations. Mary Rutan Hospital is requesting that patients and approved visitors wear their own mask or face covering. If they do not have one, one will be provided for the duration of their visit. This is a strict policy that will not be modified unless medically indicated.

Although there continues to be a low incidence of COVID-19 cases in our community and the hospital has not seen an influx of patients, several additional safety measures have been implemented to protect patients and employees during the worldwide pandemic. These include enhanced and frequent sanitizing, social distancing, drive-through testing and telemedicine options.

We have precautions and protocols in place to protect our patients and employees. Patients can safely seek healthcare services in our emergency department, urgent care, physician offices, clinics, and hospital.

A summary of what patients can expect as COVID-19 precautions remain in effect:

  • Reconfigured waiting areas to allow for proper social distancing
  • Entry screening of all individuals arriving at any MRH location, including daily screenings of staff
  • Mandatory use of masks or face coverings for everyone
  • Extended schedules and telemedicine options to further limit the number of patients in clinic spaces
  • Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of all shared surfaces and exam rooms
  • Visitor restrictions
  • COVID-19 testing for patients prior to surgery

Mary Rutan Hospital’s latest visitation policy and patient guidelines will allow:

Hospital inpatient, surgery and ICU patients

  • One healthy adult visitor per day for each patient experiencing inpatient care or surgery, during limited hours from 8:00 am to 8:30 pm and as early as 6:00 am for surgery patients.

Hospital outpatient (for example, lab testing, radiology imaging, cardiology testing, clinic appointments on the main hospital campus)

  • One healthy adult caregiver per patient if physical or cognitive disability impacts the patient’s capacity to effectively participate in their medical care. A parent/guardian is considered the caregiver for a minor child (under 18 years old).

Emergency Department

  • One healthy adult visitor per patient, hours are not restricted in this area.
  • Two healthy parents or guardians will be permitted with a patient who is a minor child (under 18 years old).

Family Birth Center

  • One healthy adult support person for laboring and obstetric patients for the duration of the stay.

Mary Rutan Health Center, Urgent Care, Imaging Center and all physician clinics located off of the main hospital campus

  • One healthy adult caregiver per patient if physical or cognitive disability impacts the patient’s capacity to effectively participate in their medical care. A parent/guardian is considered the caregiver for a minor child (under 18 years old).

General visitation guidelines

  • All visitors at all locations will be screened and must wear a cloth face covering at all times within the facility. Visitors are asked to bring their own face covering. Visitors who refuse to wear a face covering will not be permitted to enter the facility.
  • Visitors should proceed to the patient room or a designated waiting area for the facility visited, and exit the facility directly upon completion of the visit.
  • The cafeteria at the hospital campus remains closed to visitors but, for inpatient visitations and visits to the Family Birth Center, the visitor may order food from the cafeteria and have it delivered to the patient’s room.
  • Children under the age of 18 are not allowed to visit.
  • Visitation exceptions may be made based on specific situations such as end-of-life and the patient’s care provision requirements at the time of the visit request.
  • No visitors will be allowed for any suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patient.

Medically necessary procedures / elective procedures

Mary Rutan Hospital has resumed medically necessary procedures that do not require inpatient hospital admissions and meet the most recent guidelines provided by Governor Mike DeWine. In addition to outpatient surgeries, this includes non-urgent provider visits, well-care checks, well-baby visits, imaging procedures and diagnostic tests. Physician offices will be contacting those patients whose procedure or surgery was postponed due to COVID-19.

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.

Regular COVID-19 testing

MRH is committed to keeping you accurately informed on the progress of COVID-19 testing. Below you will find the most recent figures behind the tests performed through Mary Rutan Hospital.

As of October 19th:

  • Total tests through Mary Rutan Hospital: 3065
  • Total positive test results: 86
  • Total test results still pending: 6
  • Total negative test results: 2973

Our figures are regularly updated so we can share what is happening in regards to testing that is being conducted through Mary Rutan Hospital. Although this is not a comprehensive number for Logan County, because reporting must come from each individual testing facility, we know that the bulk of our county’s tests are being conducted through Mary Rutan Hospital. We feel strongly that providing this level of transparency is the right thing to do for our community.

All testing facilities are required to report positive test results to the Logan County Health District. The total number of positive tests in Logan County are made available daily and can be viewed here: www.loganhealth.org.

Mary Rutan Hospital continues to follow the Ohio Department of Health guidelines to prioritize testing for COVID-19. With a provider’s order, individuals who are symptomatic or receiving essential surgeries/procedures are being tested. When a test is deemed appropriate, the charge is $120 with a net cash price of $90.

COVID-19 IgG antibody testing

Mary Rutan Hospital is now offering COVID-19 IgG antibody testing. A physician order is required, which can be obtained from your primary care provider or a visit to the Mary Rutan Hospital Urgent Care.

Specimens are collected by the Mary Rutan Hospital Laboratory at either the Hospital campus or Mary Rutan Hospital Urgent Care. Specimens will be sent to Quest Diagnostics for testing.

In addition to charges billed directly by your provider, the cost for the antibody test is $100 with a net cash price of $75.

Community events, classes and support groups

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

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.