Helpful Information on Coronavirus, COVID-19

Helpful Information on Coronavirus, COVID-19
If you have traveled to/from these countries within the past 30 days, or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 and have a fever or respiratory illness (fever, cough or shortness of breath), call your doctor’s office or local public health department for further direction.
General Statement from Community Memorial Hospital
Community Memorial Hospital is committed to the health and well-being of our patients, caregivers and community. In light of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are taking extra precautions to keep everyone safe. Precautions include: continuing to require all patients to wear a mask if they are coughing or have a fever; patients who think have contracting COVID-19 are to call in advance prior to their visit to receive arrival instructions; and having visitor restrictions for all hospital admissions.
Information about COVID-19
COVID-19 is a new virus strain that is believed to spread in similar ways as the common cold, such as when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. A health care provider can give you instructions for seeking care, without exposing others. You can locate a provider near you by visiting or calling 419-542-6692.
Information about the Respiratory Clinic at CMH
Community Memorial Hospital's Respiratory Clinic is open daily from 8:00am - 5:00pm.
Patients with cough, shortness of breath, and/or fever are to be evaluated in this clinic.
Patients can be seen on a walk in basis or by appointment, but need to notify the Respiratory Clinic staff of their arrival from the parking lot and staff will contact them when they are prepared to bring the patient into the clinic to be evaluated.
Signage is posted outside of entrance #5 where the clinic is located.
After 5:00 PM, all potential respiratory patients need to be directed to the ER. They must also call the ER when they arrive and the staff will let them know when they are prepared for the patient to enter the building at the ER entrance.
The Respiratory Clinic will be available by phone at 419-542-0050 to answer any questions or for patients needing to be seen. Please call prior to entering the building to ensure the safety of our staff.
How to Protect Yourself
Across the world, new cases of COVID-19 are being reported, and some parts of the country have declared a state of emergency. However, according to the CDC and other authorities, the risk remains low for exposure in the U.S. We continue to follow established infection prevention protocols and remain prepared to care for patients. We have protocols in place, including training our staff and practicing for these scenarios, and for how we work with infection control and prevention teams, the CDC, and public health authorities. We are monitoring this issue closely and taking necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our patients, caregivers, visitors and community.
Information about COVID-19
You can protect yourself from COVID-19 the same ways you protect against the common cold or seasonal flu.
  • Frequently clean your hands. Alcohol gel works well in most situations (after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose), but with soap and water should be performed after going to the bathroom, be-fore eating, or when your hands are visibly soiled
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. (Putting a tissue on a table contaminates the surface of the table with germs.)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Routinely disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, using a cleaning spray or wipe
  • Avoid travel to high-risk countries
If you Feel Sick
  • Stay home if you believe you have been exposed to the virus, even if you are not showing any symptoms.
  • If you have traveled to a country on the CDC list of level 2 or 3 travel health notices and feel ill, call your health care provider prior to coming into the doctor's office or emergency department so we can better prepare. 
  • Avoid coming to the emergency department, unless you have a health emergency and/or you have been advised by your health care provider to do so. This helps prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19 infection.
  • Stay home when you are sick, especially if you have respiratory illness symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than the COVID-19 infection. Whether you have seasonal flu, the common cold, or something else, it's important you stay away from others when sick.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home as much as possible when you are sick.
  • Monitor yourself for fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Symptoms to Monitor
Visitor Restrictions
Effective 03/19/2020, we will begin a modified visitors restriction. Below are the details that it entails:
  • One visitor per patient at all times, unless end of life circumstance
    • Includes pediatric patients
    • Visitor must sign in and out
    • One visitor does not have to be same person
    • Visitor must be at or over the age of 12
  • All visitors must sign in and out at registration or at the nurses stations in OB, Medsurg, Surgery or ER
    • Please have visitors use the same log when signing in and out
  • Any patients receiving a surgery must only have one person in the waiting room
    • Surgery patient’s visitor must be free of respiratory symptoms
  • Hospital Visitors will be restricted between the hours of 6:00am and 9:00pm

Stay Informed 
The CDC has the most current information about the virus, including everything you need to know about how the virus spreads, how it's treated, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you get sick. Stay on top of the latest by visiting the CDC website, which is being updated frequently.
For local information visit the Defiance County Health Department website.


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