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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

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 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.

Masks and face coverings required

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

Medically necessary procedures / elective procedures

On Monday, May 4, Mary Rutan Hospital 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 May 26, 18 patients have tested positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 since the pandemic arrived locally. Of the 477 people tested, 439 tested negative and 20 are awaiting results.

  • Total tests through Mary Rutan Hospital: 477
  • Total positive test results: 18
  • Total test results still pending: 20
  • Total negative test results: 439

*Testing statistics will be updated every Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.

Our figures are updated weekly 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.

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.

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.

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.