COVID-19 Update - Visitor Restrictions and Suspended Services

As the COVID-19 outbreak evolves, The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) knows our community members are concerned. TBH is continuing to work closely with our federal, state and local partners to stay informed with the most up-to-date information to ensure we are as prepared as possible if local spread of COVID-19 begins. 

Our hospital has implemented protocols that are consistent with the Center 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. 

 

What is TBH doing to monitor the disease?

TBH has a group of leaders who are assigned to monitor the most current outbreak information on a regular basis. This process is called the Incident Command System. 

Our hospital is actively monitoring information from the CDC, the Ohio Department of Health and the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio so we can update contingency plans as needed. 

TBH is closely following CDC recommendations on how to best use and preserve existing supplies of personal protective equipment due to concerns about limited supplies. We are consistently monitoring supplies on-hand so that we are prepared for any potential increase in patients exhibiting signs of COVID-19.

Recent travel history has been part of our admission process for the last several years. Patients with recent travel outside of the U.S. or contact history who present to the hospital with symptoms including cough, fever, difficulty breathing and signs of respiratory infection will be considered at risk for COVID-19. Staff members will implement standard precautions to render care to the patients. 

Hospitals and health systems are focused on identifying, isolating and informing on new cases of patients known or suspected of having the virus. We will continue to work very closely with the Huron County Health Department and Sandusky County Public Health to coordinate the processes for reporting and specimen management if needed. 

For accurate up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov. If you have any questions regarding COVID-19, the Ohio Department of Health has set up a COVID-19 hotline. Please call 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634) for additional information. 

 

CURRENT VISITOR RESTRICTIONS:

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

Visitor restrictions:

  • No visitors permitted in the inpatient areas. Visitor exceptions will be considered based on end-of-life situations.
  • Patients in Family Birthing Center are permitted one designated visitor for the birth of a child.
  • Pediatric patients under the age of 18 are allowed only two designated visitors. These should be the same two visitors for the duration of hospital stay.
  • Surgery patients will be allowed one visitor to accompany them.
  • Outpatients should not bring any visitors with them. Exceptions would be made for those who are disabled and need assistance. This includes outpatients for the Wound Reconstruction Center and podiatry care at The Reconstruction Institute. 
  • No one who is sick with flu-like illness or has someone in immediate family with illness should visit the hospital.
  • Children under the age of 18 should not visit any areas of the hospital.

TBH will only have two entrances accessible-- the main Patient Entrance and the Emergency Department Entrance.

The Main Patient Entrance will be labeled Entrance A and will be open Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Visitors and patients utilizing any of TBH’s Outpatient Services, Laboratory, Diagnostic Surgery and Family Birthing Center may check in at Entrance A during these hours. 

The Emergency Department entrance will be Entrance B, and will always be open. Anyone with a medical emergency may use Entrance B. In addition, it will be available after hours and during the weekends for all other patients and visitors. 

All Patients and Visitors will need to check in and be screened for flu-like symptoms as they enter the building.

 

Great Lakes Physicians has also developed visitor restrictions and proactive measures to protect our patients, visitors and staff. They include:

  • No children under the age of 18 are permitted unless they are the person being seen for the appointment.
  • Patients (unless minors) should not bring any visitors with the. Visitor exceptions will be made for those who are disabled, need assistance or are end-of-life situations.  
  • Visitors may not wait in our waiting room.
  • Expecting mothers are not permitted to have anyone accompany them during their appointment. 
  • Patients over the age of 65 will be asked to reschedule their wellness or non-urgent appointments to reduce exposure to illness.
  • If a patient has any of the following symptoms, they are asked to call the office to reschedule their wellness or non-urgent appointments.
    • Fever, cough, shortness of breath or have been exposed to anyone diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19
  • If the appointment is for an acute illness for flu-like or respiratory illnesses, patients are asked to call the office from their car when they arrive for instructions on entering the office.

 

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.

Changes in Location of Service

Effective Tuesday, March 17, Great Lakes Addiction Services (Suboxone Clinic) is relocating from the TBH Specialty Physicians Clinic in the Bellevue Hospital to 420 W. McPherson Hwy., Clyde. This will include all clinics held by Dr. Samuel Ross, Dr. Douglas Hoy, Dawn Bova, CNP and Pamela Cramer, CNP. 

Effective Monday, March 30, The Bellevue Hospital's outpatient laboratory services will be relocated to Bellevue Recovery and Support Services (B.R.A.S.S.), 1400 W. Main Street, Suite D in Bellevue. New abbreviated hours for lab services will be:
Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - Noon
Saturday & Sunday - Closed. 
If you have not yet pre-registered for your lab work, please call 419.483.4040, Ext. 4455.

Services currently suspended until further notice:

  • Anytime Fitness Gym 
  • Open Swim and Instructed Fitness in the Aquatic Therapy Pool
  • Bellevue Recovery and Support Services (B.R.A.S.S.)
  • 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.
  • Main Station Café (cafeteria) closed to the public
  • Mature Audience Luncheons
  • Morning and Evening Health Breaks
  • Phase 3 Cardiac Rehabilitation Services 
  • Respiratory Pulmonary Function Tests
  • Sleep Disorders Center 
  • TBH Gift Shop 
  • Volunteer Services (All in-person volunteer activities are suspended.)
  • All services at Vein & Body Specialists
  • All Other Community Events, Classes and Support Groups

Events cancelled or postponed:

  • The Easter Bunny Event on Friday, April 10
  • Volunteer Banquet on Thursday, April 23

 

Updated Emergency Department Triage Process
 

As part of proactive measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), The Bellevue Hospital’s Emergency Department has put in place a new process for evaluating patients. 

All patients coming to the Emergency Department will drive up to the main Emergency Department Entrance and a staff member will be waiting to assess whether the patient will be seen for influenza-like illness or non-influenza-like illnesses and injuries. From there, patients will be directed to different areas depending on your symptoms and illness.  

By evaluating outside, we will provide extra precautions to protect our patients and help our staff give the appropriate care quickly.  

 

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.