Friday, November 20, 2020


Wearing a Face Covering: Myth Vs. Fact

MYTH: I don’t have COVID. I don’t need to wear a mask.

FACT: COVID can be spread by people who show no symptoms. Wearing a face covering in public can help reduce this kind of transmission.

MYTH: If I’m just running into the store for a quick trip, I don’t need to wear a mask.

FACT: Everyone over the age of 2 years old should wear a face covering when in public (especially when social distancing is difficult or impossible).

MYTH: I’ve already had COVID, so don’t need to wear anything anymore.

FACT: With infected with COVID-19, a face-covering helps keep the respiratory droplets that carry COVID-19 contained so they don’t spread to other people. It’s unclear how long any immunity protection may last, so all are encouraged to continue wearing a mask when out.

MYTH: Due to medical problems, I can’t wear a face mask so I’ll just risk it.

FACT: There are options that slow the spread of COVID for those unable to wear facemasks. The CDC website has guidance and alternatives.

Source: CDC

How to Wear a Face Covering

  • Your face covering should cover both your nose and mouth.
  • It should fit snugly against the sides of your face, and should never be worn below the chin or on the forehead.
  • If your face covering is made of cloth, be sure to wash it after each use.
  • Need help making your own mask? Visit the CDC website for simple how-to directions.

Source: ©2020 American Hospital Association | July 2020 | www.aha.org

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

 


November 18November  18
Hamilton
Fort Hamilton Hospital
630 Eaton Ave
Hamilton, OH 45013
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sidney
Shelby County Fairgrounds
655 S Highland Ave
Sidney, OH 45365
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

November 18November 18
Saint Clairsville
Ohio University Eastern Campus Parking Lot
45425 National Rd. W
Saint Clairsville, OH 43950
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Maumee
Lucas County Fairgrounds
1406 Key St
Maumee, OH 43537
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

November 19November 19
Toledo
University of Toledo Rocket Hall Lot 25
1625 W Rocket Dr
Toledo, OH 43606
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Columbus
PrimaryOne Health
2300 W. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43204
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

November 20November 20
Toledo
University of Toledo Rocket Hall Lot 25
1625 W Rocket Dr
Toledo, OH 43606
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Defiance
George M Smart Athletic Center
1000 Webster St.
Defiance, OH 43512
12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

November 20 
London
Molly Caren Agricultural Center
135 OH-38
London, OH 43140
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
 

November 21November  21
Hilliard
Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park
3800 Veterans Memorial Dr.
Hilliard, OH 43026
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Proctorville
Lawrence County Fairgrounds
7755 County Road 107
Proctorville, OH 45669
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

November 22November 22
Cincinnati
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Parking Lot
1000 Sycamore St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cincinnati
Winton Terrace Apartment Homes
4848 Winneste Ave.
Cincinnati, OH45232
12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

November 22 
Cincinnati
Findlater Apartment Homes
595 Strand Ln
Cincinnati, OH 45232
12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
 

Click HERE for a printable PDF of all current popup testing locations.


Thursday, November 12, 2020

 

ANTIBODY TESTING

Antibody testing is for people who are feeling generally healthy, are not having current symptoms of COVID-19, and may have recovered from the coronavirus infection. To ensure our patient's and staff's safety, we may refuse to draw your blood if you have had a new or worsening fever, cough, or shortness of breath within the last two weeks. If you are currently sick, please talk to your doctor about having the molecular diagnostic (swab) test instead.

MAKE AN ANTIBODY TESTING APPOINTMENT

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday 9 am – 4 pm


Our antibody testing is:

Performed without a doctor's order
Cost – $55
For Ohio residents, age 18 or older only

We ask that all people coming to the testing site wear a mask.

At the check-in area, all patients and visitors will be screened for fever or other symptoms consistent with COVID-19 to ensure you are an appropriate candidate for an antibody test and do not require the swab test. If you are cleared for the antibody test, a caregiver will draw a vial of blood from your arm.

The test results will be available within 48 hours through the KCH Patient Portal. 

OHIO PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY LEVEL: 

Knox County moved to Level 3 (red) which is very high incidence and spread. Step Up and Mask Up! 

https://buff.ly/3eQnNP2




Tuesday, November 3, 2020

1. I’ve taken the test for COVID-19. What’s next?

    • Tests results are typically returned within 48 hours but may take longer.

2. What should I do while I wait for my results?

    • If you have had suspected or known exposure or ongoing symptoms, stay home, monitor your health, and talk to your a doctor or another healthcare provider.
    • If you do not have signs or symptoms, but have known or suspected exposure to COVID-19, stay home since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to an infected person.
    • If you do not have signs or symptoms and have no known or suspected exposure to COVID-19, staying home is not required, but continue following public health measures.
    • Begin to build a list of the people you have recently been around.
    • Respond to the health department’s outreach.

Go to coronavirus.ohio.gov for more information.

Click here to learn more: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/contacttracing/Steps-While-Wait-Test-Results.pdf

You can also call the Ohio Department of Health with any questions you have about COVID-19.

1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)

Note: The call center is staffed from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

Source: “Waiting for and Receiving COVID -19 Test Results,” Ohio Department of Health, updated August 19, 2020. 

Friday, October 30, 2020

ATTENTION: 

NO VISITORS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

KCH is implementing a NO VISITOR policy 
effective Monday, November 2 at 6 am, until further notice.

There will be very limited exceptions only for:

  • End-of-life patients
  • Patients with disabilities who need assistance
  • Ultrasounds for pregnant women will allow a support person
  • Patients under 18 - Both parents will be allowed to visit their child
  • Maternity patients can have one support person for the duration
    of their hospital stay

There will be no time limits on approved visitors. There will be no visitation restriction on members of the clergy and those with power of attorney.

The power of attorney applies only to a person who is making decisions for a patient who is unable to do so, based upon the physician’s evaluation of the patient’s cognitive abilities.

SITES IMPACTED:

All Knox Community Hospital care sites will be impacted by this policy, to include:

  • Knox Community Hospital
  • Knox Medical Pavilion
  • Wright Family Medical Pavilion
  • Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness
  • KCH Urgent Care
  • All Department of Primary and Specialty Care Physician Group offices
  • Any KCH-run facility

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

COVID-19 Update: 

RECORD-BREAKING HOSPITALIZATIONS

"Governor DeWine announced today that hospitals across Ohio are currently treating 1,221 COVID-19 patients which are the most hospitalized patients at one time since the start of the pandemic. A total of 216 of these hospitalizations were reported in the past 24 hours which is the highest number of hospitalizations reported in a single day and more than 50 hospitalizations more than the previous high in mid-July. 

Ohio is also recording an increase in ICU admissions and ventilator utilization. 

"So far, Ohio's hospitals still have the adequate remaining capacity to care for everyone who is sick, but our hospitalizations are already breaking records, and we are not seeing any signs of Ohio's case numbers slowing down," said Governor DeWine. "If we don’t buckle down, wear our masks, and take care of each other, I am very concerned that our hospitals will begin to fill up. We pushed this virus down before, and it's up to all of us to do it again."

Ohio also reported 2,015 new COVID-19 cases since yesterday. Sixty-nine of Ohio's 88 counties have a high incidence of COVID-19 spread, meaning their rate of cases is more than 100 cases per 100,000 population in the past two weeks."  

Know how it spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease in 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).
    • Respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

LEARN MORE:
https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/media/news-and-media/covid19-update-10202020
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

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