Each day there are changes in the fight against COVID-19 (coronavirus). Wood County Hospital is working with the Wood County Health Department and Wood County Emergency Management Agency as well as the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Hospital Association to provide the best possible care.
Wood County Hospital currently has 1 positive COVID-19 case and is currently inpatient. We have had 2 past positive COVID-19 patients that have now been released.
As of April 24, there are 14,584 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ohio. There are 122 positive cases presently in Wood County and 41 hospitalizations.
Limited availability of tests is still an issue in Ohio. All hospitals are continuing to follow the guidelines set by the ODH on 3/21.
Tier 1 - Inpatients at hospitals and other healthcare facilities, including long-term care, with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19
Tier 2 - Healthcare workers at Tier 1 institutions with symptoms and all individuals in public safety occupations
Tier 3 -Individuals with mild-to-moderate symptoms who are high risk- elderly, and those with serious medical problems
Tier 4 - Individuals with mild/moderate symptoms and without risk factors for adverse outcomes - testing not currently recommended
Tier 5 - Asymptomatic individuals - testing not currently recommended
The current stay at home order continues until May 1. Schools have been closed for the reminder of the school year. Hospitals are currently looking at plans to reopen for elective surgeries, treatments and procedures.
Temperatures are taken at the door of the hospital and Falcon Health Center and no one over a temp of 100 degrees will be allowed to enter the hospital unless being treated.
The CDC recommends the use of facemasks in all public settings where social distancing is hard to maintain. Starting Thursday, April 16, to follow these recommendations, the hospital will require all patients entering Wood County Hospital, its facilities and medical offices to have a properly worn face covering. This will prevent the spread of the virus for those that may be carrying the virus but are asymptomatic, meaning they show no symptoms so they are unaware they are a carrier. It is yet another step in slowing the spread and protecting staff and patients.
The hospital is asking for donations of handmade facemasks created following the CDC guidelines. They are to be made from cotton fabric with ties or elastic ear loops and must cover the nose and mouth completely. Details can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
Donations can be made by calling (419) 354-8992
Telehealth is being used by all of our providers and Falcon Health Center to continue to care for our patients while keeping both patients and our staff protected. Appointments can be made by calling the individual office.
Mental Health - For immediate assistance, please call the Wood County Crisis Line 419-502-HOPE (4673) or text “4HOPE” at the Crisis Text Line by messaging 741-741. Dial 2-1-1 to be connected to any additional resources and referrals including mental health treatment today, or any other resources you may need during this time.
The State of Ohio offers a Covid Care line to OH mental health – manned by counselors for emotional support is (800) 720-9616. After 8pm this number rolls over to national help line.
Donations are being accepted for new and unused PPE. If you have items to donate, please call (419) 354-8992.
As a reminder, here are ways to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses such as coronavirus:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then discard in a trash.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.