Adena Health System Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
We understand that members of our communities may have questions or concerns about the 2019 novel coronavirus, the virus responsible for COVID-19. Adena Health System has a robust COVID-19 plan and has successfully responded to any community needs in collaboration with our state and local health agencies.
Our focus is on the health, safety and well-being of our patients, visitors, employees, volunteers and the communities we serve. Our teams have been tirelessly working on COVID-19 efforts since the early stages of the pandemic and we stand confident to always respond with this ever evolving situation.
In our effort to provide you with a one-stop resource, we have put together this informational web page to provide resources and the latest information.
COVID-19 Vaccination Program
Adena and healthcare partners across Ohio, are distributing safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines to those who choose to be vaccinated. A detailed list of those eligible for vaccination can be found on the Ohio Department of Health's website.
Adena's COVID-19 vaccination administration is done through a number of its primary care clinics across its nine-county service region.
Adena has a special Coronavirus Hotline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your questions and concerns. Dedicated hotline staff are available to speak to from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. After hours calls can expect a return call within 24 hours. The Hotline number is 740-542-SAFE (7233).
COVID-19 Testing Criteria - What you need to know
Adena follows the Ohio Department of Health’s criteria for testing people for coronavirus. Adena provides a fact sheet intended to help you better understand the criteria for testing, and where to turn for additional information.
Adena offers patients the temporary option of a virtual visit to continue their care, without having to leave their homes. Virtual visits are available for new, established, or post-procedural patients, and are performed on a secure platform. Virtual visits connect a physician or advanced practice provider with their patient over the telephone or through video communication via computer web cam or Smartphone.
By contacting your provider’s office, current Adena patients may schedule a virtual visit, or change an upcoming appointment to a virtual visit. New patients may call 740-779-FIND (3463) to schedule a virtual visit with an Adena Medical Group provider.
The Adena Health Foundation has created several ways for business partners and community members to support the efforts of Adena providers and caregivers as they take on COVID-19, while continuing to meet the day-to-day healthcare needs of our communities.
Financial Support: A COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund which will be used to provide emergency assistance in support all Adena Health System facilities and the physicians, APPs and caregivers delivering care to those in need during the pandemic.
Donating Medical Supplies: Adena is accepts donations of certain medical supplies. Donations may be dropped off at Adena hospital locations in Chillicothe, Greenfield and Waverly between 2-3 p.m. seven days a week. If you have questions or would like to make special arrangements for supply drop offs contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Below are answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For the complete FAQ list, click here.
What is a novel coronavirus?
A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 (these are commonly circulating coronaviruses) is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.
How does the virus spread?
COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. These droplets and particles can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, noses, or mouth. In some circumstances, they may contaminate surfaces they touch. People who are closer than 6 feet from the infected person are most likely to get infected.
COVID-19 is spread in three main ways:
- Breathing in air when close to an infected person who is exhaling small droplets and particles that contain the virus.
- Having these small droplets and particles that contain virus land on the eyes, nose, or mouth, especially through splashes and sprays like a cough or sneeze.
- Touching eyes, nose, or mouth with hands that have the virus on them.
Can someone who has had COVID-19 spread the illness to others?
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (if they are clinically stable) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.
How long someone is actively sick can vary, so the decision on when to release someone from isolation is made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with doctors, infection prevention and control experts, and public health officials and involves considering specifics of each situation, including disease severity, illness signs and symptoms, and results of laboratory testing for that patient.
Current CDC guidance for when it is OK to release someone from isolation is made on a case by case basis and includes, at a minimum, meeting all of the following requirements:
- The patient is free from fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- The patient is no longer showing symptoms, including cough.
- The patient has tested negative on at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected at least 24 hours apart.
Someone who has been released from isolation is not considered to pose a risk of infection to others.
How can I help protect myself?
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus and by getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
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).
- 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.
Take steps to protect yourself
- Clean your hands often
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Take steps to protect others
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
Visit our Together We Can Stay Healthy page to learn more about how to protect yourself and others from respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Read more about COVID-19 symptoms.
Should I be tested for COVID-19?
Testing is dependent upon severity of symptoms and risk defined by the Ohio Department of Health. Based on symptoms, your health care provider will work with local health departments to determine testing appropriateness and guidance. The goal is to prevent transmission of respiratory illness, so please call ahead to your health care provider for guidance.
Is it safe to come to the hospital, health center or clinic for my care?
Patients should not to delay or put off seeking any type of health care for fear or worry about contracting Coronavirus. Adena, like other hospitals and health systems nationwide, is a safe place to come for care.
What is Adena doing to keep patients, visitors and employees safe?
Whether you are coming to Adena Health System for an appointment or for a longer stay, your safety is our highest priority. Now more than ever, our physicians, advance practice providers and caregivers are ensuring the safety and well-being of our patients and visitors. Learn more about all our enhanced cleaning and safety procedures.
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