Social distancing is critical to slow the spread of COVID-19. Ohio is under a stay at home order, but that still means people can leave their homes to go to work at an essential service, or to travel for essential needs. These essential needs include buying groceries, getting prescriptions, checking on loved ones, etc. If you do have to travel outside of your home during this time, we want you to do it safely. Here are some tips to remember:
If going outside for a walk, maintain a 6 feet distance from anyone else outside.
If you don't live with them, don't visit them!
If going out to buy groceries, send one member per household. This will reduce the number of people in a store at one time.
Stay 6 feet apart from others in stores and public places. If your local stores have the option, place an order for pickup to limit person to person contact.
If you are checking on a family member or loved one, try to minimize interaction. Drop off supplies, food, and medication on their doorstep, rather than entering their home.
Please don't go out for any non-essential activities. This will help to keep you, your family, and our community safe. Stay at home!
If we all continue to practice social distancing and follow the stay at home order, we will flatten the curve of COVID-19. Memorial Health System, the Washington County Health Department, and the Marietta/Belpre City Health Department are all working together to keep the communities we love safe.
Memorial Health System has opened a COVID-19 inpatient unit at Marietta Memorial Hospital on the 4th floor. This unit houses both potential COVID-19 patients and confirmed COVID-19 patients. This dedicated unit will keep our patients and employees safe while allowing us to provide exceptional care to all patients.
What We Are Doing to Keep Our Community Healthy
As a health system, preparing for community health concerns, potential outbreaks, and situations like the coronavirus is part of the work we do every day. While the risk in our community is currently low, we are paying close attention to what's taking place across the country and ensuring that our teams are well educated and have the resources they need as we care for our community's health.
We have strict cleaning techniques and protocols we follow every day to reduce germs and ensure a safe environment. We use specialized cleaning products, including the Xenex Robot - a germ-blasting technology that uses pulsed ultraviolet light to destroy bacteria, viruses, mold, and other pathogens. The robot's light hits many of those hard to reach places in which pathogens can hide.
Our teams are educated on signs and symptoms to watch for and have implemented a process when patients arrive whether in our clinics, Physicians Care Express, or our Emergency Departments with potential symptoms.
If you are concerned about symptoms, we have a couple of options. First, we have a 24 Hour Nurse Line with registered nurses who are standing by to talk about your symptoms and guide you in your care. You can call (844) 474-6522 at any time for advice.
We also have an express care virtual app that you can download onto your phone or tablet. Once registered, you will be connected to an emergency care provider who will treat your symptoms over the phone or direct you to come into the ER if need be. You can download the app for free from the Apple or Google app store or visit mhsystem.org.
In the event we see cases and patients need to isolate themselves in their homes, we're also prepared to offer virtual visits from providers to ensure they have the support they need during their recovery.
This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance. The most current information is available on CDC's website.
We highly suggest following these preventive measures to help reduce the spread of all respiratory viruses, including:
Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
To provide some peace of mind, we are opening a clinic for all patients that have flu or COVID-19 symptoms. If you have flu symptoms, please call your primary care provider, use our MemorialCareNow app, or call our Nurse Line. Our experts will refer you to a clinic designated for those with flu and COVID-19 symptoms, if appropriate. This is not a "walk in" clinic for everyone.
This clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week. It is located at 330 East 8th Street, Suite 150/151 in Marietta, on Wayne Street Medical Campus. The location is labeled as Dr. Barnes and Dr. Hunkele's office; which we've relocated both offices to allow for this isolated clinic.
Dr. Barnes has permanently moved to Williamstown and Drs. Hunkele's office is temporarily housed at 802 Wayne St., Suite 200 also on Wayne Street Medical Campus. Dr. Barnes' new location is 424 Highland Avenue.
Before Going to Our Assessment Clinic
We highly encourage patients to call your primary care provider, MemorialCareNow, or nurse line prior to going to the Assesment Clinic. Based on the provider's decision, patients will be sent to the assessment clinic. COVID-19 tests will be completed as necessary.
Alternatives to Face-to-Face Visits
Though we are still seeing patients in our offices, we welcome you to consider the following as a way to take extra precautions during this time:
MemorialCareNow App: Download on Google Play and Apple Store or memorialcarenow.com
24 Hour Nurse Line: (844) 474-6522
Ask your provider about telehealth visits - Medicare is temporarily allowing the use of telephone or smart phone telehealth visits
Per the order of Governor DeWine and recommendations of the American College of Surgeons, Memorial Health System is evaluating all elective procedures through May 1, in efforts to preserve personal protective equipment (PPE), protect patients and healthcare providers, along with conserving hospital capacity. The decision to defer the surgery or procedure will be made by your provider. If your upcoming procedure is affected, you will be contacted by your provider's office.
Slow the Spread
We encourage our community to remain calm and to use the following steps to assist in the spread of COVID-19:
Wash your hands often with soap and water. Lather for at least 20 seconds every time. If no soap is available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough with a tissue or the bend of your elbow.
Use the nearest waste receptacle to dispose of the tissue after use.
Avoid contact with sick individuals.
Utilize social distancing when possible.
Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched such as your mobile phone.
Stay home if you are sick, unless seeking medical attention.
We appreciate your cooperation in helping us to keep our community safe. If you have any questions, please contact your provider's office.
Visitor Restriction Notice:
Effective starting Saturday, March 14: We are restricting all facility locations to NO visitors due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) precautions. Exceptions will be considered if necessary for patient care. Please call your provider's office or location of care with any questions. This restriction will be in effect until further notice.
Please visit mhsystem.org/coronavirus for continual updates on the situation.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding of our efforts in making sure our community stays safe.