COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information, Updates & Resources

At Wilson Health, we want to assure you our focus remains on the health and well-being of our patients, providers, staff and community. Don’t wait to get care. Chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure don’t take a break during a pandemic. Accidents and injuries still happen. And, heart attacks and strokes still strike. Please do not delay care or ignore symptoms. At Wilson Health, our hospital, emergency department, urgent care clinic, provider offices and virtual visits are open.

If you are having a medical emergency, seek emergency care or dial 911 immediately.

Visitor Policy

Wilson Health has adjusted their Visitor Restrictions to accommodate our patients and prevent the spread of COVID-19. The following Visitor Restrictions are now in effect (May 19, 2020):

Visitors for Outpatient, Ambulatory, Emergency Department, and Hospitalized Patients:

  • Current patients and patients coming for an emergency department visit, hospitalization, outpatient procedure, or office visit will be permitted one (1) support person in the building per day given adequate social distancing policies can be met.
  • Visitation or support persons for office visits may vary by provider. Patients are encouraged to check with individual providers to ensure they are clear on their provider’s policy.
  • No visitation will be allowed by anyone under the age of 18 unless they are the parent or legal guardian of a pediatric patient.
  • No visitation will be permitted for outpatient testing, such as non-invasive radiology testing, routine x-rays, and lab studies.
  • The following exceptions may apply:
    • “End of Life” situations;
    • For maternity patients, one (1) additional support person, such as a doula, will be permitted.
    • For minor maternity patients, a parent or guardian will also be permitted.
    • Minor patients (under 18 years of age) may have two (2) visitors in the emergency department and inpatient setting, but this is limited to only parents or guardians;
    • Patients who require assistance due to mobility, reorienting/confusion (patient safety), interpretation, court-ordered, or healthcare decision making may have one (1) additional assistance person;
    • No visitors for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases (unless above criteria met).

Screening & Facial Covering/Mask Guidelines:

  • All employees, staff, patients, and visitors will be screened for symptoms or exposure history.
  • If the visitor is a driver for a patient and space is not available in the patient room or waiting room, the visitor may be asked to wait in their car until the patient’s appointment is completed.
  • Employees, staff, patients, and visitors must wash their hands, or use hand sanitizer, before and after leaving rooms and hospital buildings.
  • Visitors should wear a mask when in the common areas of the hospital facility, such as hallways, public restrooms, gift shops, and dining areas.
  • Visitors will be asked to wear their mask when a caregiver is present in a patient room.
  • Patients and visitors may provide and wear their own mask or will be required to accept and wear the mask provided by the hospital facility.
  • Masks or facial coverings must fully cover the nose and mouth.
  • If a visitor refuses to wear a mask, visitors may be asked to leave the facility.
  • Exceptions may be made on an individual basis for those individuals who are unable to wear a mask due to health or disability issues.

COVID-19 visitor restrictions will be rescinded when the state of emergency declaration is lifted for the State of Ohio.

Campus Entry Points

As we begin to resume more services at Wilson Health, we want to ensure our patients are informed on what entrances are accessible at our main campus:

  • Outpatient Services Entrance (Door 18) - Open to Patients 
  • Main Entrance/Lobby (Door 1) – Remains Closed
  • Professional Building Entrance (Door 4) – Open to Patients
  • Family Birth Center (Door 27) – Open 24/7
  • Emergency Department (Door 12) – Open 24/7 with Controlled Access
  • Yager Medical Building (Door 26) - Staff Entrance & Open to Yager Building Patients
  • Medical Building A (Urgent Care) - Open Mon. - Sun. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Medical Building B - Physician Offices by Appointment Only
     

Relocation of Services

Starting May 18, Registration and Laboratory Services will relocate back to the Outpatient Services area (Door 18) and will resume normal operations including service hours:

Monday – Friday:
6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday: 
7 a.m. to Noon

Sunday:
Closed

If you have any questions, please call (937) 498-2311.

Suspension of Services

Wilson Health has canceled all community outreach activities at their main campus and at off-site locations until further notice. These include all support groups, seminars, health screenings, and educational classes.

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.

How Does the COVID-19 Spread?

This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so.

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Illnesses caused by COVID-19 have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms can appear days after exposure and include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • chills
  • repeated shaking with chills
  • muscle pain
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • new loss of taste or smell

As with other diseases caused by coronaviruses, COVID-19 is believed to spread from person to person through droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

What should I do if I have signs and symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, call your doctor first. Please do not go directly to your doctor’s office or emergency department without calling first. Our medical teams are prepared to provide a COVID-19 screening over the phone and determine next steps for patients. In order to help isolate the spread, please DO NOT visit your doctor, urgent care or emergency department without calling first.

If you do not have a family doctor, call our Wilson Health Medical Group providers or our Urgent Care clinic and they can assist you.

Wilson Health Virtual Care is here to help. If you have symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, our licensend medical providers can assess your condition and help determine the necessary next steps, all from the comfort of your home. 

Download our mobile app today!

 

How can you protect yourself and your family?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. 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.

The best ways to protect yourself and your family includes:

  • Practice Social Distancing

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  • Stay home when you are sick

  • Cover your cough

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is receiving a lot of media coverageand attention. Wilson Health recommends the following resources for reliable, accurate and timely information:

How To Help

Wilson Health is partnering with local businesses, organizations and the general community during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Donations can be made at our main hospital campus (main entrance Door #1). Please leave donations inside the first set of sliding glass doors. There is a donation dropbox. 

Face Masks

All patients, visitors and staff are required to wear a face mask within any Wilson Health facility. In order to help us preserve our supply of masks, we are encouraging patients and any visitors to BYOM (Bring Your Own Mask) when presenting to our hospital or physician offices.

Mask Up Shelby County! We are teaming up with the Sidney-Shelby County Health Dept. to raise awareness about the importance of wearing a face mask/covering to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Masks or face coverings should be worn in indoor public spaces and anytime in public when you are near others who are not in your immediate household. Wearing a mask is about protecting others. When you wear a mask, you protect others, and when others wear a mask they protect you. It’s just like holding a door open for someone: It's being kind and courteous. So continue to practice social distancing and MASK UP Shelby County!

When to wear a mask/face covering

  •  While in public, you should use a mask, scarf or other face covering. This includes indoor spaces and outdoor spaces when you are near others who are not in your immediate household.
  •  Those with breathing challenges or those under the age of two should not wear a mask.

Why wear a mask/face covering

  •  To protect others: When you wear a mask you protect others by preventing the spread of your own germs.
  •  Unknown COVID-19 status: You may have COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus without showing symptoms.
  •  Protect the community: More people wearing masks results in better protection for everyone.

We have been amazed by the outpouring of support of cloth mask donations. If you would like to donate cloth masks, here are instructions/patterns to follow:

Cloth Mask Instructions & Pattern

Donations can be dropped off at our main hospital campus (main entrance Door #1). Please leave donations inside the first set of sliding glass doors. There is a donation dropbox. If you would like to mail donations, please send to:

Wilson Health
Attn: Supply Chain
915 W. Michigan Street
Sidney, OH 45365

If you have a larger donation, please call (937) 498-2311 to coordinate pick up or delivery.

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work together during this crisis.