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Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information

We are Fisher-Titus ... and we are here for you

While this COVID-19 pandemic is uncharted territory for modern health care, we want you to feel confident that your Fisher-Titus family is working day and night, following protocols to ensure your safety. We are doing our part to provide the right care, right here. And we are doing it for you - our friends, family, and neighbors - our community. 

Currently, there have been two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Huron County. Fisher-Titus remains in regular contact with Huron County Public Health, Ohio Department of Health, CDC, and regional partners to continue our state of readiness. It’s important for the public to know that community transmission is a dynamic and ever-evolving situation; cases and numbers are subject to change. You can find up-to-date information on cases in Ohio on the Ohio Department of Health’s website.

Fisher-Titus implemented screening measures on February 6 in accordance with public health and CDC recommendations at all our patient access points. This included plans for addressing symptoms, quarantine processes, and ways to keep our patients, guests, staff, and volunteers safe at the hospital, ambulatory offices, and for North Central EMS.

To stay up-to-date on Coronavirus information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Read More About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

How does COVID-19 spread?
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.

What should I do if I believe I may have been exposed to COVID-19?
Call your health care provider or local hospital to seek guidance. Explain your symptoms, travel history, and any additional exposure you may have had. Do not visit your health care provider without calling first to help reduce exposure to others.

Will warm weather stop the outbreak?
It is not yet known whether weather and temperature impact the spread of COVID-19. Some other viruses, like the common cold and flu, spread more during cold weather months but that does not mean it is impossible to become sick with these viruses during other months. At this time, it is not known whether the spread of COVID-19 will decrease when weather becomes warmer. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing.

Am I at risk for COVID-19 if I receive a packaged shipped from China?
In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods.

What is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
To help stop the spread of any viral respiratory disease, including Coronavirus, you should:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
  • Cover coughs/sneezes with your arm or a tissue.
  • Avoid exposure to others who are at risk. Stay home if you are sick.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has a variety of tips on how to protect yourself and the community.

How can I prepare and plan ahead?
For a full checklist, view the Household Checklist provided by the Ohio Department of Health.

  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often. These include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
  • Keep an adequate supply of water, food, and pet food in your home. If you take prescription drugs, contact your health care provider, pharmacist, or insurance provider about keeping an emergency supply at home.
  • Keep a working thermometer and respiratory medications, like decongestants, expectorants, and analgesics (ibuprofen, acetaminophen), on hand.

Get a flu shot this season if you haven’t already. It won’t protect against COVID-19, but it can help protect against flu or lessen symptoms if you get it, lessening the strain on health care facilities.

 
The best thing to do is remain calm, take preventative and precautionary measures, and use credible sources such as the CDC, local health department, and the Ohio Department of Health for updates.

 

Visitors Restrictions

Every individual who enters Fisher-Titus Medical Center including visitors, vendors, physicians, and staff, will be screened. Screenings will include questions regarding travel and symptoms as well as a temperature check.

Visitors to inpatient units at Fisher-Titus Medical Center are restricted, and may only gain access through the Snyder/White Heart & Vascular entrance, or the Emergency Room entrance. Exceptions will me made for the following patients:

  • Pediatric patients will be allowed 1 visitor per day
  • Labor & Delivery patients are allowed 1 visitor per day
  • End-of-life circumstances will be discussed with the family and patient's care team
  • Those coming for an outpatient service will be escorted by a Fisher-Titus staff member to and from their service

In addition, in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) relating to the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), Fisher-Titus has restricted visitors at Norwalk Memorial Home, Fisher-Titus Transitional Care Unit, and The Carriage House.

We also ask that individuals who have a fever, are sick, or are not feeling well do not visit or accompany patients in any area. Visitors are asked to wash or sanitize hands upon entry to the building and when entering and exiting exam rooms.

Clinical Rotation Restrictions

Fisher-Titus is restricting student clinical rotations within our facilities. This includes  nursing students, ancillary students, etc. within the hospital, ambulatory and senior care settings until further notice. These restrictions are necessary to protect our patients and long term care residents from COVID–19, and are aligned with recommendations from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).

Outpatient Services Update

Fisher-Titus has postponed non-urgent outpatient services that can be safely delayed with no harm to our patients:

  • Sleep lab will be closed for 30 days beginning Monday, March 23rd.
  • Outpatient lab is closed for routine testing and is accepting stat orders only beginning Monday, March 23rd
  • Diabetes education and Medical Nutrition therapy will be closed for 30 days beginning Tuesday, March 24th
  • Imaging will restrict screening mammograms and DEXA procedures for 30 days beginning Monday, March 23rd
  • Outpatient therapy will consolidate days of business to Tuesday/Thursday and move to telehealth as appropriate for plan of care
  • Cardiac Rehab Phase II will be closed for 30 days. Invasive cases for urgent or emergent needs remain.  Non-invasive services will offer consolidated hours for stress testing, ECHO, and Anti-Coagulation Clinic
Elective Surgeries Update

Fisher-Titus, in accordance with Ohio Hospital Association guidelines, has limited elective surgical and procedural cases to conserve PPE, implement physical distancing, and preserve bed capacity in case of need.

Cyber Security Information

According to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), during this time of coronavirus pandemic, cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes.

Exercise caution in handling any email with a COVID-19-related subject line, attachment, or hyperlink, and be wary of social media pleas, texts, or calls related to COVID-19.

CISA encourages individuals to remain vigilant and take the following precautions.

  • Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments. See Using Caution with Email Attachments and Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Scams for more information.
  • Use trusted sources—such as legitimate, government websites—for up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.
  • Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.
  • Verify a charity’s authenticity before making donations. Review the Federal Trade Commission’s page on Charity Scams for more information.