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 to handle the community spread of COVID-19. 

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. 

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.

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:

  • Beginning March 8, Non-COVID patients in the medical/surgical and intensive care units are permitted to have one visitor per day.   
  • Patients in the Family Birthing Center are permitted one designated visitor per laboring mom for duration of stay.
  • Pregnant patients may have one support person 18 years of age or older with them during their pregnancy services appointments.
  • No visitors will be permitted to accompany patients to the Emergency Department or outpatient areas.
  • Pediatric patients under the age of 18 are allowed only two designated visitors. These should be the same two visitors for the duration of the hospital stay.
  • Surgery patients will need to be dropped off and picked up for their procedure. No visitors are permitted in the surgery area. 
  • 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.
  • Children under the age of 18 should not visit any areas of 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. 

All patients and visitors will also be screened for flu-like symptoms when 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 patient.

  • Patients (unless minors or pregnant patients) should not bring any visitors with them. Visitor exceptions will be made for those who are disabled, need assistance or are end-of-life situations.

  • Beginning Monday, February 8, pregnant patients may have one support person 18 years of age or older with them during their physician appointments.

  • Patients are encouraged to reschedule their wellness or non-urgent appointments.

  • Visitors and patients will be required to wear a mask or face covering such as a bandanna, or handkerchief while in the office.

Exceptions may be made for:

  • Visitors under the age of 18 who are parents of a minor patient.
  • 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.  

 

New Facemask Requirement at The Bellevue Hospital

The Bellevue Hospital has put new 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 is now asked to wear surgical masks at TBH. Vendors, patients and visitors will be given a surgical mask once they enter the hospital.

·      If someone wears a surgical mask in, the front desk staff will provide a new one.  

·      If anyone wears an N-95 or a cloth face mask, front desk staff will ask that person to put a surgical mask over it. 

·      Children 12 and under may continue wearing a cloth face mask at this time. 

These coverings should be worn while in the facility. As the number of cases increase in our area, this process will 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:

  • Cashier's office is closed for onsite bill payments. You may pay over the phone by calling 419.483.4040, Ext. 4237 or 4223.  
  • 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
  • Volunteer Services (All in-person volunteer activities are suspended.)
  • All Other Community Events, Classes and Support Groups

 

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 enter 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 their symptoms and illness.  

This process 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.