COVID-19 Current Status / January 7, 2022 (A Letter to our Community)
We need your help and understanding. Mary Rutan Health has been your trusted healthcare provider for more than 100 years. We are here for you and are proud to serve our community. However, our individual and regional resources are being overwhelmed by the global pandemic .
COVID-19 is widespread in our community. All hospitals in our region are operating at excessively high capacity and have been for months. As of January 6, 2022, our region's total COVID-19 patient census was at its highest point during the pandemic. We are also seeing more patients with other serious health issues that cannot be further delayed or ignored.
While we understand how desperately we all want life to return to normal, nothing about what we are experiencing in healthcare is normal. Our focus is supporting our community with the healthcare resources they need. To help us achieve that result, we feel it is important to share how COVID-19 is impacting healthcare at Mary Rutan Health and in our region.
HOW THIS IMPACTS YOU:
- Emergency department care. Wait times for non-life-threatening care are longer than usual. Hospitals in our region are faced with limited and sometimes no on-site inpatient beds or transfer options for patients and are forced to provide extended care for patients in emergency departments.
- Intensive care, transfers and nursing home bed shortages. Our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has been at full capacity for months. Because the number of COVID-positive patients is rapidly rising and healthcare organizations continue to face staffing shortages, finding an available ICU bed elsewhere does not come easily or sometimes at all. These shortages also impact available nursing home beds across the region. In addition, even when a bed is available, ambulance transfers may be delayed.
- The need for more healthcare providers. Similar to other industries in our region, state, and country, we are also experiencing staffing challenges. Our team members continue to work tirelessly, many canceling vacations and working extra shifts to manage the increased needs of our community. We are incredibly grateful for our dedicated staff but we know this pandemic has taken a toll on each of them, as we can see it every day in their faces.
- Elective procedures. For months, elective procedures requiring an overnight stay have been subject to cancellation based on bed availability. As of January 6, 2022, Central Ohio hospitals have agreed to postpone non-essential surgical procedures requiring an overnight stay through January 21, 2022.
HOW CAN YOU HELP:
- Get vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and FDA-approved, and vaccines help prevent hospitalization, death and the continued spread of illness. The majority of patients currently hospitalized from COVID-19 nationwide are unvaccinated. On average, ninety percent of COVID-19 positive inpatients at Mary Rutan Hospital have not been vaccinated.
- If you choose not to be vaccinated, mask while around others and social distance. Properly worn face-coverings are a form of source control. Because those with no symptoms can spread COVID-19, wearing a face-covering prevents further transmission. Also, avoid large crowds when possible.
- If you're sick, stay home. Mild COVID-19 symptoms can be similar to other illnesses. Stay home when you are ill or have received a positive COVID-19 test result.
- Choose the appropriate level of care. Emergency departments are for emergencies, and we must keep beds available for patients in need of emergency medical attention. Please consider contacting your primary care provider or visiting our Urgent Care if the care needed is not an emergency.
- Be kind. We know this has been a trying time and while we cannot control the length of the pandemic, we can control how we treat one another. Our staff members deserve kindness as we stand together to care for the community we love.
Thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate through these challenges. Our mission is to be here for you and your family when you need us. As dedicated healthcare workers, we will continue to do everything in our power to care for our community. However, healthcare in our region is overwhelmed and we need your help and understanding to persevere.
COVID-19 Vaccination Information
Mary Rutan Hospital follows the Ohio Department of Health guidelines and is currently accepting requests for Covid-19 vaccines. If you are an area resident and meet this age guideline, please call 937-592-8805 to schedule.
At this time, receiving a callback and securing an appointment should happen within days of calling our vaccination call center at 937-592-8805. We will continue to schedule appointments as vaccine delivery is confirmed.
VACCINATION FORM (Please print, complete and bring to your scheduled appointment.)
Covid-19 General Information
Patients and visitors must wear a mask or face covering at the hospital and all offsite locations. Mary Rutan Hospital is requesting that patients and visitors wear their own masks 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.
Several additional safety measures have been implemented to protect patients and employees during the worldwide pandemic. These include enhanced and frequent sanitizing, social distancing, 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 social distancing
- 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
Mary Rutan Hospital’s latest visitation policy and patient guidelines will allow:
General visitation guidelines
- All visitors at all locations must wear a 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.
- 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.
Hospital inpatient and ICU patients
- Two healthy adult visitors at a time for each patient experiencing inpatient and ICU care.
Hospital surgery and outpatient (for example, lab testing, radiology imaging, cardiology testing, clinic appointments on the main hospital campus)
- One healthy adult visitor at a time per patient.
- One healthy adult visitor at a time 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
- Two healthy adult visitors at a time for laboring and obstetric patients.
Mary Rutan Health Center, Urgent Care, Imaging Center and all physician clinics located off of the main hospital campus
- One healthy adult visitor per patient.
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.
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.
COVID-19 testing (both PCR and rapid antigen testing)
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 typically receiving a PCR test. When this test is deemed appropriate, the charge is $120. In addition, rapid antigen testing is available when visiting the Mary Rutan Hospital Urgent Care (for those who are symptomatic), at a cost of $65.
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.
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.
Medical records requests
Due to Covid-19, the Medical Records department can not accept in-person requests. If you are seeking copies of your medical record, please make this request by calling 937.599.7026 (press3) or request online here.
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.