Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates

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.

What are the symptoms?

The reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

What should I do if I have these symptoms?

Always Call Ahead: It is important not to arrive at a physician office, urgent care, emergency care, hospital, minute clinic, etc. without first calling.


  • Develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or
  • Have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

How can I prevent COVID-19?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, 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.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. 

What to Do If You Are Sick With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Call ahead to 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 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

Updates from Hocking Valley Community Hospital:

UPDATE MARCH 15, 2020 - 

  • Visitor restriction: No visitation is currently in place. We will evaluate on a case by case basis the need to allow family members to come in, such as for end-of-life situations.
    ~The nurse providing patient care will call an indicated family member (with patient permission) to give them a daily update on the patient.
    ~The patient’s room phone number will be provided so the patient can receive calls whenever they like.
    ~If a patient is being admitted from the ED, the visitor can accompany the patient to the inpatient department to assist with answering admission questions and then will be asked to leave.
    ~ Outpatient Appointments - if a patient brings in a visitor with them for an outpatient appointment, the patient and the visitor will be screened for travel and temperature.
    ~ED/Urgent Care - will only limit one visitor with the patient (not interchangeable- only one for the duration).
    ~Behavioral Health Unit - we have increased the number of calls the patient is allowed from 2x10 minutes (per day) to 4x10 minutes (per day).
  • Entrances: During this time of transition, due to constant change of coronavirus guidelines, open entrances could change daily. The Emergency Room entrance will be the only door open after 4 p.m.
  • Screening of Staff: All staff are required to be screened for symptoms and temperature taken which will be recorded daily at the beginning of the shift.
  • Physical Distancing: Please respect the 6 feet of physical distancing guideline when possible. The hospital has rearranged waiting rooms to help with this effort.

UPDATE MARCH 13, 2020 -

Hocking Valley Community Hospital continues to prepare to respond to the needs of the citizens of Hocking County. We follow guidance of the Ohio Department of Health, CDC and The World Health Organization. We also are working very closely with our local Health Department and following their guidance. Our main goal is to minimize the exposure of those in our community. If we find ourselves in the situation of having positive cases, we want to contain the possibility of spreading the virus.

The single most important thing you can do if you are sick - STAY HOME. Rest, hydration and treatment of symptoms (fever, cough, etc.) is the best treatment you can do. There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Please see the above guidance on how to protect yourself and others.

UPDATE MARCH 11, 2020 -

As you know, the Corona Virus is present in Ohio. Because of the desire to slow and eventually stop the spread of the virus, Governor DeWine has instituted several executive orders. One of those is in relation to limiting visitors. We certainly understand the importance a patient’s friends or family have in the healing process; however, we also have an obligation to protect the safety and well-being of our staff and patients. 

Hocking Valley Community Hospital has put the following restrictions in place effective immediately:

  • Visiting Hours - HVCH visiting hours will be from 8:00am-6:00pm. All entrances other than the ED/UC entrance will be locked after 6:00pm.
  • Visitor Limitation - At this time, we can only allow ONE VISITOR PER PATIENT PER DAY for patients in BHU, SCU, Med-Surg and Swing Bed. This is per the Executive Order of Governor DeWine.
  • Logging of Visitors - Visitors will be required to check in at the nurse’s station upon arrival to the department. The Executive Order mandates that we log the visitor’s temperature and check for signs/symptoms of illness prior to going into the patient’s room.

We understand the disappointment this will cause in family and friends not being able to visit with loved ones; however the hope is that these efforts will slow and quickly stop any further spread of the virus. The sooner the spread of the virus stops, the sooner the community can return to normal activities.

As a reminder, please do your part in stopping the spread of any virus by washing your hands and staying home when you are ill. Social distancing is imperative for our community to do what we can to prevent the Corona Virus from impacting our community.

ODH also suggests that IF you are experiencing symptoms such as fever (greater than 100.4), cough, body aches, and shortness of breath, you should CALL your provider BEFORE you show up for an appointment.

Hocking Valley Community Hospital continues to participate in planning calls with COTS, ODH, EMA, and OHA. This virus continues to evolve, and as new things are learned, the guidance changes.We’d like to provide you with a resource where you can access the most up-to-date information.

ODH has created a website specific to Coronavirus.That website is:

They also have established a 24-hour hotline should you have any questions pertaining to the virus: 1-833-427-5634

We are working to add information to our website and will continue to provide updates here as well.