(Chillicothe) – Adena Health System has announced that it will make a return to its pre-pandemic visitation policy, effective today (4/8/22), as community transmission rates for COVID-19 continue to decline and the Health System’s COVID-related inpatient census remains minimal.
“This is a moment that we have eagerly anticipated and signals another positive milestone in our return to normalcy,” said Dr. Kirk Tucker, Adena Chief Clinical Officer. “Any time visitation restrictions are put in place, we know the hardships it can create understanding the role family and friends play in a patient’s healing process. Decisions in these areas are closely monitored by our clinical and operational leaders to ensure we are protecting those trusting us with their care and those working in our facilities. We felt now is the right time to make this return.”
Dr. Tucker added that restrictions around visitation policies are not just made related to COVID-19 data, and that any future changes of the policy could be also instituted with increased trends in community-acquired infections like influenza or pneumonia.
Highlights to the return in visitor policy guidelines include:
· Face masks are still required while in any Adena facility, regardless of vaccination status.
· Visitation hours at all hospitals will be 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., seven days a week.
· Emergency Departments: Limit of two visitors per patient.
· ICU: Limit of two visitors at a time and no one under 13 years of age.
· Inpatients: Recommended no more than 2-3 visitors at a time due to limited space in patient rooms. Patient can designate a support person to exercise the patient’s visitation rights on his or her behalf. The support person is the only visitor permitted to stay overnight.
· Labor and Delivery: Limit of three visitors at a time and no one under 13 years of age.
· Nursery: Limit of four visitors at a time and no one under 13 years of age.
· Outpatient/Ambulatory: Recommended no more than two visitors accompany a patient.
(Columbus)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today said that Ohio National Guard support will continue to shift to address increasing needs in southern Ohio in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Decreasing demand at some of the first Guard-supported COVID-19 testing locations in Northeast Ohio will allow the Guard to surge into other areas in the state, including Central and Southern Ohio that are seeing increased need. Changes in Guard deployment include new support for testing locations in several Southeastern Ohio communities including Athens, Pomeroy, and Jackson.
National Guard Supported Testing Locations
As of today, the Guard is currently supporting or is preparing to support the following testing locations:
Athens: (Holzer) 2131 E. State St., Athens.
Canton: (Aultman/Cleveland Clinic Mercy), Stark County Fairgrounds, 305 Wertz Ave. NW, Canton.
Chillicothe: Adena Regional Medical Center, 272 Hospital Rd., Chillicothe.
Zanesville: Genesis Hospital, 2951 Maple Ave., Zanesville.
Please note that start dates and plans for pending locations are subject to change. Not all Guard members who have been deployed are located onsite yet. Testing locations supported by National Guard members will test individuals age 2 years and older. Check with your local testing site for potential age restrictions.
As a result of decreasing testing demand, the final day of COVID-19 testing at the Walker Cleveland Community COVID-19 Testing site will be Sunday, Jan. 23. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Ohio National Guard have been working collaboratively with Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals to operate the site that opened on Dec. 21 and has tested nearly 25,000 people.
Additionally, Summit County’s drive-thru testing location in Akron closed last week. The site, which opened on Dec. 28 and performed approximately 11,892 tests over 18 days, was operated by Summit County Public Health, Akron Children’s Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, and Summa Health with Guard support.
Guard deployments to date include 14 medical teams (about 140 Guard members) and 185 general support teams (about 1,850 Guard members). Of the general support teams, 17 (about 170 Guard members) are providing support at testing centers, according to the Ohio National Guard. In total, nearly 2,400 Ohio National Guard and State Defense Force members have been deployed in support of COVID-19 operations across Ohio to include hospital support, vaccinations at senior housing locations, prison support, and support at the Ohio Department of Health’s Receipt, Store, and Stage warehouse.
(Chillicothe)- The Ross County Commissioners have established an updated protocol for visitors of all Ross County government buildings, in light of the current COVID-19 outbreak.
When possible, they ask that you conduct business over the phone or by mail. If you must come to a county office for official business, they ask you to follow these guidelines for the safety of all in the building:
If you are ill, please do not enter the building.
VISITORS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK, unless specifically exempted under ODH order dated 7/23/2020.
If you do not have a mask, one will be provided.
Hand sanitizer is provided at the entrances to the county offices. Please use when entering and leaving a county facility to prevent the spread of COVID 19.
Maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet apart).
Take others into consideration and cover your cough or sneeze.
This new directive was issued by the Ross County Commissioners, via a press release on Tuesday, 1/18/22.
(Washington CH)- As of Thursday (1/13/22), Fayette County’s two-week average for COVID cases is 21 times higher than the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s benchmark for high community spread. That’s according to a press release Friday from Fayette County Public Health.
The CDC defines high community transmission as 100 cases per 100,000 people. This benchmark, noted Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, MD, MBA, director of the Ohio Department of Health, “has been helpful in allowing us to see the extent to which the virus impacts our community at a particular point in time.”
Fayette County is reporting 2177.0 cases per 100,000 people and a 25.9% test positivity rate. The statewide average is just under 2000 per 100,000 people.
“With more and more people using over-the-counter at-home COVID tests, it is safe to presume that the number of residents infected is actually higher than we are reporting. We are advising residents to assume that you have been exposed or you have a high potential to be exposed to COVID during this current surge,” said Leigh Cannon, MPH, deputy health commissioner at Fayette County Public Health “and we ask that you consider taking extra precautions at this time.”
Cannon asks that all residents, regardless of their usual routines around COVID, take this current surge to heart.
“We will continue to provide updates, and we cannot wait to share when we are on the other side of this,” Cannon said, “but for THIS moment in time – for the sake of our friends, family and neighbors who are immunocompromised or have underlying conditions, and for the sake of our overburdened healthcare systems and especially the healthcare workers, please, please consider taking extra precautions for the next few weeks.”
“I cannot emphasize enough that this is a time to limit unnecessary activities, correctly wear a well-fitting mask in public, and get vaccinated,” Cannon said.
“No one is untouchable,” Vanderhoff said when addressing Ohioans on Thursday. “Don’t underestimate this variant,” he said, referring to the Omicron variant that has been sweeping through Ohio, “fueling what is nothing short of a tidal wave.”
During the conference, Vanderhoff explained that Ohio is experiencing stress on hospital systems and unprecedented demands for testing. For hospitalizations, there is a widening gap between the vaccinated and unvaccinated. The most severe cases are still mostly among the unvaccinated, he said.
During periods of high transmission, CDC recommends that everyone should wear a mask in public, indoor settings (including vaccinated individuals).
The following is recommended during this period of high transmission:
Wear a well-fitting mask that covers your nose and mouth wherever possible, particularly in public settings and when you are with individuals who are not household members.
Get the COVID vaccine as well as a booster.
Continue to practice social distancing by keeping 6 feet away from others.
Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
Stay home when sick, except to seek medical care.
Consider limiting unnecessary indoor activities
If you are immunocompromised or have an immunocompromised individual in your household, please consider taking additional precautions by limiting unnecessary activities until community transmission decreases.
COVID Testing Fayette County Public Health is out of at-home test kits and does not provide COVID testing at the health department. The Ohio Department of Health announced this week that they will prioritize the state’s supply of COVID-19 tests to first support testing for K-12 schools and colleges/universities. This comes as the state is experiencing a delay in shipment of more than 800,000 testing kits amid a nationwide shortage in COVID-19 testing supplies.
Over-the-counter rapid testing kits can still be purchased at many locations, such as pharmacies and grocery stores. Testing is also available at many urgent care locations, community health centers, retail locations, and pop-up sites. The ODH website features a searchable map of testing locations at https://bit.ly/odhtest.
Each testing location has its own inventory controls and protocols. When you find a testing location, it’s important to call in advance to ensure tests are available and to determine how to access tests.
Testing is an important tool, but only one of the tools available to help protect against COVID-19. Ohioans are urged to follow proven prevention measures to help prevent further spread of the virus. The best thing that Ohioans can do is to stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations. Vaccinations, including timely boosters, combined with masking, social distancing, frequent hand washing, and staying home when sick, can help prevent illness and the need for possible testing.
Vaccinations COVID-19 vaccines are widely available throughout the state. Many providers offer walk-in appointments, or Ohioans can schedule a vaccination appointment at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. Ohioans who want to learn more about the safety, efficacy, and side effects of COVID-19 vaccines should talk to their doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, or visit coronavirus.ohio.gov/vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters provide protection against severe disease, hospitalizations and death. There is no cost for a COVID vaccine. Appointments and masks are required for all clinics. Please bring your COVID Vaccination Record if you have already received at least one dose and your health insurance card if you are getting a flu shot.
Vaccination Clinic Schedule Week of 1/17-1/21 January 17- FCPH closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 18 – All three COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, flu and high-dose flu from 3-7 p.m. at Fayette County fairgrounds. Schedule online at faycohd.org/events or by phone – 740-335-5910. January 19 – Johnson & Johnson 1st dose or booster, call 740-335-5910 to schedule. January 21 – Pfizer 1st or 2nd dose, booster, pediatric, call 740-335-5910 to schedule.
Dashboard COVID-19 vaccinations In Fayette County, 13,066 (46% of eligible population) have started a vaccination series. Twelve thousand and forty-six have completed their vaccination series (42% of eligible population). There have been 5273 boosters or additional doses given.
COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths Fayette County Public Health received reports of 338 new COVID cases over the past week, for a total of 6212 cases since the pandemic began.
Nine new hospitalizations were reported for a total of 441 and five new deaths were reported over the past week for a total of 85. The number of residents who are presumed recovered is 5345.