As we continue to respond to the public health concern regarding COVID-19, we want to assure you that OHC is closely monitoring all developments and taking actions to protect the health and wellness of our patients, their caregivers and our staff.
OHC’s Safety Precautions
At OHC, we want patients to know that we understand the fear of contracting COVID-19 and have been aggressively implementing measures to reduce the risk of transmission. Our team continues to follow the protocols set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and we have implemented additional measures:
- Patients not seen in the last 3 months will be called and screened prior to their appointment.
- Screen again when patients arrive at our offices.
- Take temperatures of all patients, visitors and staff.
- Require patients and designated visitors to wear masks.
- Require all staff to wear protective masks and face shields as indicated.
- Restrict all visitors unless required and approved.
- Arrange treatment areas, waiting rooms and office workspaces for social distancing.
- Offer telemedicine visits.
- Rigorously clean our offices.
OHC will continue to implement and follow CDC safety guidelines even during the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. All patients, staff and visitors will need to wear masks.
Patient and Family Safety Precautions
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC and ODH recommend:
- Wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
- Restrict unnecessary travel if possible.
- Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid large gatherings.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Put distance between yourself and other people – at least 6 feet.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.
- If you are immunosuppressed due to medical conditions such as cancer, heart conditions, diabetes, HIV/AIDS or others, take extra precautions to protect against COVID-19.
Symptoms to Be Aware Of
COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have reported a wide range of symptoms – from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
Congestion or runny nose
New loss of taste or smell
Nausea or vomiting
The Importance of Wearing a Mask
Researchers say anywhere from 25 to 80 percent of people with COVID-19 are unaware they have the virus. The first word of this possibility came in early April, 2020 from the CDC. When people have no symptoms, it allows the virus to spread more rapidly throughout a community. Experts say these carriers without symptoms make it even more important for people to wear face masks in public.
You should call OHC at 1-888-649-4800 before coming to our offices if:
- You or your caregiver are experiencing any of the symptoms noted above.
- You have had contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- You have had contact with someone showing any of the symptoms listed above.
- You have traveled.
Test for COVID-19
For an updated list of testing locations and guidelines, you can visit the ODH web site at https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/resources/general-resources/get-tested-for-covid-19, or do a Google search for COVID-19 testing sites.
If you or your caregiver are experiencing any of these symptoms noted above or any unusual symptoms, you should call OHC before visiting our offices at 1-888-649-4800.
For More Information
For more information about COVID-19, OHC recommends the following resources:
- Ohio Department of Health: https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/home
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019