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:
- Face masks are optional for patients and visitors.
- One visitor is allowed in the exam room with a patient.
- Offer telemedicine visits.
- Rigorously clean our offices.
OHC will continue to implement and follow CDC safety guidelines.
Patient and Family Safety Precautions
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC and ODH recommend:
- Get the COVID-19 vaccine.
- 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 and poorly ventilated spaces.
- 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
The CDC still recommends wearing a mask for people who at higher risk for severe illness:
- People who are older.
- People with certain medical conditions that make them immunocompromised.
- Pregnant and recently pregnant people.
Everyone should wear a mask or respirator when the COVID-19 Community Level is high. You can check your COVID-19 Community Level here.
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.
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