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COVID-19 FAQs

  1. WHAT SAFETY MEASURES HAS OHIO VALLEY IMPLEMENTED TO HELP ENSURE THE SAFETY OF PATIENTS WHO NEED CARE?
    During this unprecedented time, Ohio Valley has taken a number of steps to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure our facilities are safe for patients and staff. This includes implementing extra screening and sanitization of our buildings. Patients, visitors and staff are also required to wear masks while on campus. We are limiting those that are allowed into buildings, as well as, restricting visitation and continuing to encourage social distancing.
  2. WHAT IS THE STATUS OF SURGICAL PROCEDURES AT OHIO VALLEY?
    Hospitals are now allowed to perform surgeries that require an overnight stay. We know that many of you had surgeries postponed during this time and are anxious to get them rescheduled. We are diligently working to prioritize and reschedule these surgeries. If you had a surgery postponed, you can expect to hear from our team soon to reschedule and to learn what to expect while at the hospital, especially those additional safety measures we have in place. All patients will be tested for COVID-19 prior to their surgery, and then asked to self--quarantine until the day of their surgery.
  3. WILL I NEED TO DO ANYTHING DIFFERENT WHEN I ARRIVE AT OHIO VALLEY?
    Upon arrival at our facilities, all patients, visitors and staff will be screened. Each person upon entering a building will have their temperatures taken, and will be asked if they have been experiencing a cough, respiratory illness symptoms (difficulty breathing or shortness of breath) or a fever, and if they have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19. Anyone experiencing these symptoms may be sent home. All patients, visitors and staff will be given a face mask after being screened if they do not already have one.
  4. ARE ALL OF OHIO VALLEY’S SERVICES OPEN?
    As of May 1st, all of Ohio Valley’s services have reopened. If you had a surgery rescheduled, someone from our facility will be reaching out to you shortly to reschedule.
  5. WHAT ARE OHIO VALLEY’S MASK GUIDELINES?
    As we learn more about COVID-19 and its transmission, we are adapting our practices in order to provide the safest care to our patients and protect our staff. In alignment with guidelines from the CDC and direction from our state and local governments, we are requiring staff, patients and visitors to wear face masks at all times while on campus.
    Masks are required for patients and visitors. Patients and permitted visitors will be given a mask to wear the entire time they are in our facilities, or they may choose to bring their own masks from home. Wearing a cloth face mask is not only an effort to protect yourself, it is an effort to help protect others.

PREVENTION

  1. WHAT IS COVID-19?
    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a virus strain that was first identified in Wuhan, China, and has only been able to spread in people since December 2019. Health experts are closely monitoring the situation because little is known about this new virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness, pneumonia and death in some cases.
  2. HOW DOES COVID-19 SPREAD AND WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
    COVID-19 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets. This means that to become infected, you generally must be within six feet of someone who is contagious and come into contact with these droplets. It may also be possible to get the virus by touching a COVID-19 contaminated surface or object and then touching your mouth, nose and eyes. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness which may appear between two to 14 days after exposure. These include:
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Chills
    • Fever
    • Muscle pain
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat

    Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness. This list is not all inclusive. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
  3. HOW IS COVID-19 TREATED?
    Those infected with this virus should receive supportive care such as rest, fluids and fever control, to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.
  4. IS THERE A VACCINE?
    Currently there is no vaccine available.
  5. HOW CAN I BEST PROTECT MYSELF?
    • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Wear a face mask to protect yourself and others when you’re out in public.
    • Practice social distancing. Maintain a 6-foot distance from other people. Avoid large crowds and groups of people.
    • Stay home if you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Sanitize and disinfecting frequently touched household objects and surfaces.
  6. WHY SHOULD I WEAR A MASK?
    The CDC recommends wearing masks for the following reasons:
    • A mask can help individuals cover a cough or sneeze; reducing the spread of germs.
    • A mask will not prevent you from breathing in respiratory droplets which carry a virus, like COVID-19.
    • Some people with COVID-19 have mild to no symptoms, and may be spreading the virus unknowingly. Masks could help cut down how far the virus spreads.
    • Masks can prevent you from touching your face, and can be a visual reminder to practice social distancing.

Masks are required for patients and visitors. Patients and permitted visitors will be given a mask to wear the entire time they are in our facilities, or they may choose to bring their own masks from home. Wearing a cloth face mask is not only an effort to protect yourself, it is an effort to help protect others.

I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS. WHERE CAN I FIND THE ANSWERS?

Please explore the resources below for more detailed information about COVID-19 and the proper steps that can be taken to keep you, and those around you, safe.