Coronavirus Updates

COVID-19 Information & Resources

At Hocking Valley Community Hospital, we're continuously working to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak to ensure we meet the needs of our patients and community. This page is designed to keep you up-to-date on information regarding coronavirus and actions we are taking to protect our patients, employees, and those we serve. Please check back often for the latest information.

What is this virus?

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person, including between people who are physically near each other (within about 6 feet). People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others. 

What are the symptoms?

The reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What should I do if I have symptoms?

Call a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19. Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

Considerations for who should get tested

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • People who have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.
  • People who have taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19 because they cannot socially distance as needed, such as travel, attending large social or mass gatherings, or being in crowded indoor settings.
  • People who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider, localexternal icon or state ​health department.
  • If you do get tested, you should self-quarantine/isolate at home pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.

How can I prevent COVID-19?

The COVID-19 vaccine is widely available to everyone 12 years of age and older. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.

The CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The mask is not a substitute for social distancing.
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  1. Are you performing tests and procedures?

    HVCH has safely returned to performing ALL medical procedures. This includes regular provider visits, well-care checks, well-baby visits, imaging procedures, rehabilitation, diagnostic tests and outpatient surgeries (including those which require an overnight stay). To continue to keep patients and the surgical team safe while resuming elective surgeries, patients are required to have a COVID-19 test prior to their procedure unless the patient is fully vaccinated. This can be coordinated for you by your surgeon and the HVCH team.

  2. How can I be sure it is safe to have a procedure now?

    Our number one goal is to provide a safe environment for our patients, guests and our staff. HVCH has implemented several measures to protect patients and to mitigate the risk of disease transmission including:
    • Limited entrances with temperature/symptom screening
    • Visitor restrictions
    • Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces and waiting areas
    • Masking of all patients and direct care staff
    • Observance of social distancing
    • Increased use of telehealth technologies
    • Timing procedure schedules to limit contact between patients

  3. What extra cleaning efforts are being done at HVCH to ensure my safety?

    Our environmental services staff is cleaning only using disinfectants that are FDA approved to kill COVID-19. We have increased the frequency of cleaning waiting areas and high-touch surfaces throughout the facility.

  4. How do I know I won’t be near someone who has COVID?

    We have instituted several measures in order to minimize the possibility of being exposed to someone with COVID-like symptoms. Patients who are suspected to have COVID-19 will be taken directly to a private room with isolation precautions and will not be seated in waiting areas. We also are requiring everyone who enters the building to wear a mask and be screened, have rearranged waiting areas throughout the hospital to allow for proper physical distancing and are cleaning areas in between patients. There are designated areas in the hospital to admit COVID patients if necessary to ensure they are safely being cared for in the proper environment.

  5. What if my admission is because of a serious trauma or illness…how do I know I have not been exposed to COVID-19 in your facility?

    We make every effort to place possible COIVD-19 patients in a private room to reduce the risk of exposure to other patients. If there is an exposure at the hospital, the Infection Control Department will reach out to you and notify you of the potential exposure. The local health department is conducting contact tracing for any persons in the community who have been potentially exposed to COVID-19. If you have been exposed, the health department will notify you. Any testing for COVID-19 is completed based on experiencing symptoms, or as a part of pre-op testing. If you feel you have symptoms, and would like to be tested, please reach out to your primary care provider.

  6. What if I have lab work; do I have to wait in the Registration area?

    All patients are required to enter through the back (ER Lobby) entrance for further screening prior to entering the building. You will need to register for any service you have. You can assist us to decrease your wait time by having all of your documentation, insurance cards, and identification ready prior to coming in. Patients with COVID symptoms wait in a seperate designated areas than those awaiting other tests/procedures.

  7. What is the process for my surgical procedure?

    Patients are required to have a COVID-19 test prior to their procedure unless the patient is fully vaccinated. This can be coordinated for you by your surgeon and the HVCH team. During your stay, you will visit three areas. Our surgical team is prepared to register you, bringing you back to the pre-op area immediately. From there you will go to the OR for your procedure, and then a recovery area afterwards. We can discharge you directly from the recovery area, if your surgery does not require an overnight stay. Please discuss this more specifically with your surgeon.

  8. How do I know the equipment used for my procedure has not been exposed to a patient with COVID-19?

    To ensure patient safety and minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other diseases, all equipment and surfaces throughout the hosptial are sanitized after each patient and routine cleaning of the waiting room is performed throughout the day. FDA-approved disinfectants are used in this process in accordance with CDC guidelines. Hospital personnel also wear appropriate personal protective equipment during testing to avoid the spread of viruses and bacteria. Equipment is not shared between any patients without being properly cleaned according to manufacturer’s instructions. Additionally, HVCH utilizes disposable equipment for isolation rooms.

  9. What kinds of tests can you do for COVID?

    HVCH is currently a collection site for both the PCR (viral) testing, Serological (antibody) and rapid COVID-19 testing. Testing is offered at our Rural Health Clinic with an appointment and referral from a provider, or through our Urgent Care/ER. If you would like to be tested for COVID, please reach out to your primary care provider.

  10. Are masks required to enter?

    Anyone entering the facility is still required to wear a face covering according to state and CDC guidelines, including patients and staff. Any type of face covering (face mask, bandana, etc.) may be worn as long as it covers the nose and mouth.

  11. Are visitor(s)/support person(s) allowed?

    Each area of the hospital has different visitation guidelines. Please see the Visitation Policy below.

  12. What is the benefit of telehealth appointments?

    Telehealth appointments allow for timely access to healthcare through a phone conversation or an audio-video app. This provides the patient an opportunity to discuss health issues they are experiencing, medications and other concerns with their provider from the comfort of their own environment. Telehealth can reduce the burden and cost of transportation and care, reduce the amount of time needed to take off work for appointments and can improve chronic disease management. There have been a number of health issues identified during a telehealth appointment where the provider recommended the patient come in for a more extensive physical exam, ordered more tests, or referred the patient to a specialist. Our goal is always what is best for the patient, and with telehealth, healthcare is easily accessible to homebound patients or those with busy schedules.

  13. Is telehealth the preferred way to see my provider?

    The preferred method is always face to face with a provider so they can complete a physical exam and obtain vital signs. Telehealth appointments are best for specific kinds of visits like follow ups, discussions about medications, or outcomes of prescribed therapies. Telehealth not only reduces costs of transportation, it allows patients to remain in the comfort of their own environment. Telemedicine is a relatively new field the federal government has changed guidelines for during this pandemic. Please rest assured, we have very strict and rigorous information security technology and that is also HIPAA compliant to protect your patient health information.

  14. How can I track my health from home?

    Our electronic medical record, Epic by Ohio State, has a very user-friendly smart phone app that is called My Chart. With this app you can manage prescription refills, change appointments and ask a provider basic questions about your health. For more information or help with set up, please reach out to your provider’s office or call Hocking Valley Community Hospital at 740-380-8000.

Due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19, we have implemented visitation guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our patients, their families and our staff. We recognize the need to have support persons available for the health and well-being of our patients, so we will continue to evaluate the need to change visitation guidelines based on guidance from state regulations, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control.

Outpatient/Ambulatory-Lab, Radiology, Cardiovascular & Respiratory

  • No visitors permitted at this time
  • Exceptions:
    • Parent/guardian of minor patients
    • Caregiver that needs to assist patient during their visit

Outpatient Clinic-Pain Management, Wound, Urology & Ophthalmology

  • 1 visitor permitted and must remain with the patient for the entirety of their visit
  • No visitors under the age of 18

Rural Health Clinic (Family & Pediatrics) and Medical Arts Bulding (General Surgery & Orthopedics)

  • 1 visitor permitted and must remain with the patient for the entirety of their visit
  • No visitors under the age of 18

Summit Behavioral Health Unit

  • One (1) visitor permitted per patient per day for 1/2 hour visit
  • Visitors must schedule visitation time by calling 740-380-8264
  • Visitors are required to wear a mask and be screened upon entry

Outpatient Surgery

  • For a patient coming for an outpatient surgery: limit one (1) visitor/support person in the building.
  • No visitors under age 18
  • Exceptions:
    • “End of life” situations
    • No visitors for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases

Emergency Department

  • One (1) visitor permitted at bedside but must adhere to the following:
    • Must be screened upon entry
    • Must stay in designated marked area to ensure proper distancing from other patients
    • Must stay with the patient at all times. Once designated the visitor will not be permitted to come and go or switch places with another visitor.
    • Visitors may be asked to leave at anytime at the discretion of the provider/nurse
    • No visitors for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases

Urgent Care

  • One (1) visitor permitted in the Urgent Care as long as patient is not exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms, here for Covid-19 testing or presents with confirmed Covid-19 diagnosis.
  • Exceptions:
    • Parent/guardian of minor patients

Inpatient (Hospitalized patients including Special Care Unit and Inpatient Transitional Unit):

  • One (1) visitor at a time with total of 2 visitors permitted per day between the hours of 8 a.m.-8 p.m., unless
    there is an extenuating circumstance.
  • Exceptions:
    • “End of life” situations
    • Parents/guardian of minor patients
    • No visitors for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases

Screening Guidelines

  • All persons entering the hospital will be screened for temperature, cough, shortness of breath.
  • Visitors will be asked to leave the facility if they have/have had symptoms in the past 24 hours, COVID-19 exposures in the last 14 days or are currently being tested for COVID due to illness.
  • If the visitor is a driver for a patient, they will be asked to wait in their car until the patient’s appointment is completed. We ask that visitors refrain from parking in the emergency room parking lot to ensure adequate parking for patients.

HVCH is currently a collection site for PCR (viral) testing, Serological (antibody) and Rapid COVID-19 testing. Patients with or without symptoms can be tested at our Rural Health Clinic drive-up testing site at 1383 W. Hunter Street. A provider referral and appointment are required. Call 740-385-0202 opt. 2. Patients with symptoms can be tested at the hospital Urgent Care or Emergency Room.

The HVCH COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic is now offering vaccines to the community anyone age 12 and older. Call the clinic at 740-385-0202 opt. 2 to schedule your appointment. The clinic is held at the Rural Health Clinic, 1383 W. Hunter St., Logan.
 
For more information about other vaccination locations, please visit the Ohio Department of Health Vaccination Program.
 
For more information about the vaccines, please see the following information pages from the CDC:

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