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PCH Implements Changes in Preparation of COVID-19 in Paulding County

Paulding County Hospital is committed to the safety and health of the community we serve. We wanted to impress upon our community, patients, visitors, providers, staff, and families of our focus on providing the safest environment possible for healing. Paulding County Hospital is working closely with local and state health officials to provide the most up-to-date information regarding the new coronavirus (COVID-19). We are here for you…close to home!

Currently, Paulding County Hospital has been operating under a visitor restriction policy due to influenza, allowing no one under the age of 18 to visit patients. Recently, these visitor restrictions have been modified, allowing only two visitors per patient during their hospitalization.  Please decide in advance who you will choose to be the two visitors if you are admitted to Paulding County Hospital. This restriction was put in place for the safety of our patients, our staff, and your families.

Positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in many of our surrounding counties. We stress the need for urgency in being cautious as this disease will continue to spread in the coming week(s). Paulding County Hospital has made some changes due to the pandemic that we would like you to be aware of:

  • Please call prior to entering any of our facilities if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: (including if you have a previously scheduled appointment)
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
  • Access into the main campus facility has been restricted to Entrance #1 and the Emergency Department
  • Upon entering any PCH facility you will be screened
  • Visiting hours for patients admitted will end at 8:00 pm
  • Most PCH elective visits and procedures have been cancelled
  • ALL remaining PCH Health Fairs have been cancelled
  • Both the Antwerp Regional and Paulding County Hospital fitness centers have been closed to the public
  • Dining in the cafeteria is prohibited, carry out only

The CDC has made the following recommendations in helping to prevent the spread and avoid exposure to COVID-19:

  • To Protect Yourself from becoming infected:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
      • An alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can be used.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick or may be infected.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • To help avoid spreading the virus:
    • Stay home when you are sick.
      • Speak with your employer now regarding their expectations.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
      • CDC DOES NOT recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Additional changes and recommendations may be implemented. Paulding County Hospital will keep you informed of additional changes to our hospital or our clinic locations. Thank you for your support and cooperation in allowing Paulding County Hospital to continue to offer excellent care, while also providing a safe environment for our patients, visitors, providers, staff, and families.

For up to date information please reference: cdc.gov/covid19 or pauldingcountyhealth.com

National Doctors’ Day – 3/30

Thank you to all of the Paulding County Hospital providers for your continued dedication and selfless service. During these difficult times is when you see the care and compassion they exhibit daily, shine through even brighter. Join us in thanking them for everything they do!

YOU ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED!

All remaining health fairs canceled

To help contain the spread of the coronavirus and due to the stay at home order issued by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Paulding County Hospital has canceled all remaining spring 2020 health fairs.

Governor orders closure of fitness centers

The Paulding County Hospital and Antwerp Regional Medical Center Fitness Centers will be closed to public use starting Tuesday, March 17 by order of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.

Current gym members will receive a free 1-month extension on their membership.

The Paulding County Hospital gym will remain open for rehab services only.

PCH issues reminders

Paulding County Hospital is committed to continually providing excellent care to the patients and families we serve. We wanted to inform our community, hospital and clinic patients, visitors, providers, staff, and families of our focus on providing the safest environment possible for healing.

Currently, Paulding County Hospital has been operating under a visitor restriction policy due to influenza, allowing no one under the age of 18 to visit patients. The coronavirus (COVID-19) and influenza are spread between close contact of individuals and respiratory droplets produced by an infected individual coughing or sneezing. The visitor restrictions will remain in place at this time. This restriction was put in place for the safety of our patients, our staff, and your families.

COVID-19 has now been confirmed in the state of Ohio as of Monday, March 9. We would like to urge you to be cautious as this disease will continue to spread in the coming weeks. Listed below are a few helpful reminders when scheduling an appointment at Paulding County Hospital or at one of our clinic locations.

1. Please immediately notify hospital personnel if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

2. If you have recently traveled outside the United States within the last 21 days, specifically to:

  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mainland China
  • South Korea

3. If you have been in close contact with someone diagnosed or suspected of having COVID-19. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

Upon entering any Paulding County Hospital location please wear a mask, if exhibiting #1 and #2 or #3 listed above are true. Please contact us prior to your arrival by calling the specific hospital service directly that you are trying to reach, or have a scheduled appointment with.

Thank you for your support and cooperation in allowing us to continue to offer excellent care, while also providing a safe environment for our patients, visitors, providers, staff, and families.

For up to date information please reference: cdc.gov or pauldingcountyhealth.com