Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information
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.
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.
COVID-19 Testing Update
Beginning July 7, Fisher-Titus will be offering COVID-19 testing without a referral from a Primary Care provider. Fisher-Titus patients can still schedule an appointment with one of our providers or be seen at Convenient Care. A list of our providers can be found on our Find a Provider page
. This is ideal for people without a primary care provider or people looking to travel, work, or visit places that require a negative COVID-19 test to attend. Appointments are required, walk-ins will not be accepted.
To schedule an appointment, please call 419-660-2646.
How Do I Access My Results?
Patients are encouraged to view their results in the myFisherTitus patient portal. myFisherTitus patient portal offers personalized and secure online access to Fisher-Titus medical records. It is an online tool that enables our patients to help manage and receive information about their health. Users can:
- View health history and doctor visit summaries.
- View lab test results.
- Communicate with their provider office.
- Request and schedule appointments.
For more information, or to enroll in the myFisherTitus patient portal, visit FisherTitus.org/patient-portal.
Beginning Tuesday, July 6, Fisher-Titus will be moving the distribution and management of COVID-19 vaccines to Fisher-Titus Primary Care and Convenient Care locations.
COVID-19 vaccines will be offered at the following locations:
- Fisher-Titus Convenient Care (walk-ins only; no appointments)
368 Milan Ave., Norwalk, OH 44857
- Fisher-Titus Family Medicine – Milan
2114 State Route 113 East, Milan, OH 44846
- Fisher-Titus Family Medicine – New London
187 West Main Street, New London, OH 44851
- Fisher-Titus Family Medicine – Willard
315 Crestwood Drive, Willard, OH 44890
- Fisher-Titus Norwalk Primary Care
280 Benedict Ave. Suite A, Norwalk OH 44857
Patients can call 419-660-2900 to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at a Fisher-Titus Primary Care location, or self-schedule online at FisherTitus.org/Schedule. Appointments are required to receive a vaccine at all primary care locations. Patients can walk in and receive a COVID-19 vaccine at Convenient Care during their regular hours, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
Effective May 12, 2021 Fisher-Titus is under the yellow visitation guidelines.
At Fisher-Titus, we know that visits from friends and family members have a positive impact on the healing and recovery of our patients. To help protect everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic we are managing our visitor policies in accordance with federal COVID-19 guidelines.
Updates to visitation levels will be posted at all open entrances and communicated via Fisher-Titus Facebook, Instagram, and website. No additional entrances will be opened. Patients and visitors should enter through the Pavilion, Heart & Vascular, Rehab, or Emergency Department. Fisher-Titus reserves the right to change to a level that differs from the federal level based on an internal decision process.
GUIDELINES FOR VISITORS
Patients and visitors must follow all guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19. Visitors will have their temperature taken upon arrival, be asked to wear a mask, and required to follow distancing guidelines while visiting. If you are not feeling well, we ask that you do not visit a patient at any Fisher-Titus facility.
EXCEPTIONS TO THESE GUIDELINES
A patient's care team may make recommendations for exceptions to the Fisher-Titus visitation guidelines for circumstances where the guidelines have an impact on the quality of patient care. When appropriate, these circumstances would be approved through the Chief Medical Officer and/or Chief Nursing Officer. Families should discuss concerns with the patient's care team.
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:
- 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.
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