COVID-19 Update - Visitor Restrictions and Suspended Services

As the COVID-19 outbreak evolves, The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) knows our community members may have questions. TBH is continuing to monitor the current situation closely to stay informed with the most up-to-date information and recommendations. 

Our hospital has implemented protocols that are consistent with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidelines to help protect our patients, healthcare workers and community members and to slow the spread of flu-like illnesses.

This page will be updated frequently with COVID-19 information. We encourage you to check back often. 

 

CURRENT VISITOR RESTRICTIONS:

The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) has updated their visitor restrictions.

Visitor restrictions:

Beginning Monday, April 25, The Bellevue Hospital will implement the following visitor guidelines within the hospital:

  • Visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for all inpatient areas with the exception of the Family Birthing Center (FBC). Reminder: After 5 p.m., visitors will need to enter at the Emergency Entrance. 
  • The number of visitors will depend on what is appropriate for the circumstances and the department.
  • No limit on adult visitors per day.
    • No children in patient care areas under 18 except FBC.
    • COVID-19 positive patients will be allowed one to two visitors at department director’s discretion.
  • Family Birthing Center Visitation Policy
    • 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 4 p.m.-8 p.m. (quiet hours are 2 p.m.-4 p.m.). 
    • Siblings who are under the age of 18 may visit. 

 

Face Mask Requirement at The Bellevue Hospital

The Bellevue Hospital has put mask protocols in place to align with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

All employees, patients and visitors will be required to wear a surgical mask within The Bellevue Hospital's facilities.

 

What services at The Bellevue Hospital are affected by COVID-19?

In order to continue to reduce exposure to our patients, visitors and community, we are continuing to make decisions for the safety and health of our patients, healthcare workers and community. The following changes are being implemented: Please share this information with family and friends as needed.

Services currently suspended until further notice:

  • Community Health Screenings
  • Health Information Management (Medical Records) is currently closed to the public. For information regarding the release of medical records, please call 419.483.4040, Ext. 4212.
  • Lamaze and Breastfeeding Basics Classes. If you have any questions or concerns about childbirth preparedness, please call TBH's Childbirth Educator at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4295.
  • Mature Audience Luncheons
  • Morning and Evening Health Breaks

 

How can I help protect myself? 

People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.

  • 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. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 

 

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should: 

  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

The Bellevue Hospital encourages you to please call your health care provider or local hospital for medical guidance if it is not a medical emergency. Explain any recent exposure or symptoms you may have. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness. To help reduce exposure to others, please do not visit your health care provider without calling first.