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. 

 

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. 

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:

Beginning Friday, August 27, The Bellevue Hospital will implement the following visitor guidelines within the hospital and TBH affiliated buildings:

  • One visitor at a time per patient will be allowed for Non-COVID-19 patients in the Emergency Department, Medical/Surgical Unit, Intensive Care Unit, Surgery, and Outpatient areas. Please Note: Visitors should not exceed two different people in a 24-hour period.

  • All visitors must be over the age of 18. 

  • Patients in the Family Birthing Center will be allowed two visitors over the age of 18. These two visitors should remain the same through the duration of the hospital stay. 

  • No visitors will be allowed for COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19 patients.

  • No one who is sick with a flu-like illness, has someone in immediate family with illness, or has been told to quarantine should visit the hospital.

Exceptions to the visitor restrictions both at the hospital and the outpatient settings may be allowed in certain situations such as end of life and patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

 

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

As of Friday, August 27, the Great Lakes Physicians offices will allow two visitors per patient over the age of 18.

Exceptions may be made for:

  • End of life situations.
  • Decision-making by the healthcare power of attorney.
  • The patient’s emotional well-being.
  • Patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).

Safe physical distancing is still required. Individuals may be asked to wait in their vehicle if the waiting area cannot accomodate additional persons while still maintaining the recommended six-foot distancing guidelines.  

 

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 TBH employees are wearing personal protection equipment (PPE) or surgical face masks as they travel throughout the hospital or other TBH buildings. 

For the protection of our staff, patients and visitors, everyone entering the hospital will be required to wear a surgical face mask - regardless of vaccination status. If you arrive at the hospital with a cloth face covering, TBH will provide you a surgical mask to replace your cloth face covering. These surgical masks should be worn while in the facility and affiliate hospital offices. This process will continue to provide added protection against the spread of COVID-19. 

 

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

The Great Lakes Addiction Services (Suboxone Clinic) has relocated 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. 

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.
  • Main Station Café (cafeteria) closed to the public
  • Mature Audience Luncheons
  • Open swim sessions in the Rehabilitation Services aquatic therapy pool
  • All Classes and Support Groups

 

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.