COVID-19 Preparedness and Updates

What you need to know about coronavirus (COVID-19) from The Christ Hospital
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Please rest assured, The Christ Hospital Health Network has prepared extensively for the type of large-scale health challenge our community is experiencing. Our primary goal with any changes that may arise is to protect our patients and staff from potential unnecessary exposure. Check our website regularly - we’ll post updates as they becomes available. If you have any questions or concerns in the meantime, please call your healthcare provider’s office or our Patient & Guest Services team at 513-585-1200.

 

Updated! 3.19.20 - Testing Information - Mason site closing

COVID-19 test kit availability continues to diminish across the state. We currently do not have indication from the state when additional kits will be available. Therefore, our Mason COVID-19 test site is closing at the end of the day on Friday, March 20. We ask patients and individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home and isolate from their families as best they can. If symptoms worsen, patients and individuals should call their primary care provider. In the event they're experiencing respiratory distress, they should call 911 or go to the closest emergency department. Once we get more testing kits, we will re-evaluate our testing availability and share them with you.

 

Updated! 3.19.2020 Postponements and Service Location Changes

For the continued safety of our patients, families and staff – and in coordination with local, state and national government – we are making the following temporary postponements and service location changes:  

  • All elective surgical cases have been postponed until further notice.
  • All non-elective surgical cases previously scheduled for our Red Bank, Montgomery and Liberty Township locations will be moved to the main hospital campus in Mt. Auburn.
  • All births originally scheduled at our Liberty Township Medical Center will be moved to our Mt. Auburn Birthing Center. PLEASE NOTE: all physician, lab, imaging and 24/7 emergency services remain open at our Liberty Township Medical Center.
  • Outpatient cardiac and pulmonary rehab are closed until further notice.
  • All elective screenings (mammography, lung, DEXA, calcium scoring) have been postponed.
  • All Physical & Occupational Therapy locations are closed until further notice.
  • Sleep centers are closed until further notice.
  • Outpatient behavioral health in not accepting new patients until further notice. 
  • Elective kidney transplants postponed until May (timeline will be reevaluated as the situation evolves)
  • All pain procedures will be moved to main campus.

Providers and schedulers are reaching out to patients directly to communicate next steps or reschedule services for a future date.


We realize these protocols can be inconvenient, but they're necessary to ensure the safety of the community and the patients we serve. Thank you for your continued understanding. We will continue to post information here on our website and on social media as it becomes available. If you have any questions or concerns in the meantime, please call your healthcare provider's office or our Patient & Guest Services team at 513-585-1200.

 

3.18.2020 - Mt. Auburn Test Site Delayed

The Christ Hospital's drive-thru test site in Mt. Auburn (2139 Auburn Ave.), originally scheduled to open Thursday, March 19, will not open until further notice. Due to high demand for testing, and limited testing materials in the region, the site's opening has been delayed. The site is set up and ready to see patients once an appropriate amount of testing materials can be secured to ensure smooth operations in the coming weeks. We'll let you know as soon as the site is ready to open. We're encouraging anyone who is experiencing flu-like symptoms to stay home and call their primary healthcare provider for next steps to be tested. 

 

3.16.2020 - Screening Mammograms Postponed

To ensure the health of our patients, visitors, healthcare providers and community, we are cancelling all screening mammograms scheduled between Tuesday, March 17 and Friday, March 20. Expect a call from our scheduling team to confirm cancellation and/or to reschedule your mammogram for a future date. As the hospital-wide COVID-19 response changes on a daily basis, we may need to continue to cancel screening mammograms over the next several weeks. We will continue to post information on our website and social media as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience and understanding. If you have questions about your screening mammogram, please call 513-585- 0700.

 

3.16.2020 - What to do if you have symptoms

If you're suffering from fever, cough, shortness of breath, respiratory or other flu-like symptoms, please stay home and contact your Christ Hospital healthcare provider. Your provider will evaluate you over the phone. 

 

3.16.2020 - Online Appointment Scheduling Temporarily Unavailable

Effective Monday, March 16, we are temporarily deactivating online scheduling for new and existing patients.  

 

For immediate healthcare concerns, please contact your healthcare provider’s office directly by phone (or you may also complete an e-visit if your primary care provider offers them).  

 

If you are suffering from fever, cough, shortness of breath, respiratory or other flu-like symptoms, please stay home and contact your Christ Hospital healthcare provider. Your provider will evaluate you over the phone and decide whether you need to be evaluated and/or tested.

 

Maintaining safety during the COVID-19 pandemic is our top priority. We realize these protocols can be inconvenient, but they are necessary to ensure the safety of the community and the patients we serve.

 

Thank you for understanding.

 

3.13.2020 - Visitor Restrictions During COVID-19

Effective Friday, March 13, 2020, we are restricting visitors to The Christ Hospital main campus, (2139 Auburn Ave., Cincinnati) and our Liberty Township campus (6939 Cox Rd., Liberty Township) to ensure the health of our patients, visitors, healthcare providers and community. Exceptions may be made for: 

  • A single individual responsible for transporting a patient coming for a procedure or being discharged from the hospital.

  • A single designated partner or primary caretaker for mothers delivering babies.

  • End-of-life situations.  

Visitors who meet these exemption criteria will be evaluated at the door upon arrival. Visitors will be supplied masks as they enter our facilities and will be required to wear them at all times.

 

In addition, individuals coming to one of our ambulatory outpatient centers or physician offices will be restricted to a single visitor responsible for transportation, or visitors at the discretion of the healthcare provider.

 

Maintaining safety during the COVID-19 pandemic is our top priority. We realize these protocols can be inconvenient, but they are necessary to ensure the safety of the community and the patients we serve.

 

If you have any questions during regular business hours (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Mon. – Fri.), please call 585-1200. For all other hours, please call 585-2000.

 

What Should I Know About the Coronavirus?

With all the information circulating right now about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it can be tough to know what's true and what isn't. Don't give in to the panic. Read on to get the facts. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to stay up to date on the latest coronavirus information. 

What exactly is the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can easily spread from person-to-person. This strain of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is different than other, more common coronaviruses that are common to circulate and cause mild illnesses like the common cold.

 

If you have questions about coronavirus in your community or in general, you can reach out to your state's department of health. Each tristate department of health has created a specific coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline that can answer your questions. 

  • Ohio Department of Health: 833-427-5634

  • Kentucky Department for Public Health: 800-722-5725

  • Indiana State Department of Health: 317-233-7125 (317-233-1325 after hours) 

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

The CDC says at this time that it believes "symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS viruses."

How can I help protect myself?

There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Wash 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.

  • Put some distance between yourself and other people, especially if COVID-19 is spreading near you. This is extremely essential for those who are at a high risk of serious illness. 

How does the novel coronavirus spread?

According to the CDC, this virus probably originally emerged from an animal source, but now seems to be spreading from person-to-person. The exact way the virus is spread is not fully known. With similar coronaviruses (MERS and SARS), person-to-person spread is thought to have happened mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other viruses that cause respiratory illness spread.

 

There also may be some spread when a person touches a surface or object that has a virus on it and then touches his or her own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. The spread of SARS and MERS between people has generally occurred between close contacts. There is still much more to learn about COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing.

How can I prevent the spread of coronavirus? 

COVID-19 can easily spread person to person, and preventing the transmission of coronavirus is key to the health of communities where it is spreading. Below are some tips on how to prevent spreading the disease.

 

Stay at home if you feel sick, unless it is for medical care. Wear a face mask when going into public if you are sick.

Cover your mouth and nose when coughing, and be sure to immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (tables, doorknobs, counters, etc.) daily.

Is there a treatment? 

There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should work with their primary care provider on a care plan.