COVID-19

Based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), Southwoods Health is implementing enhanced patient screenings, visitor restrictions and more frequent disinfection processes at all Southwoods facilities. With these precautions in place, Southwoods is continuing to provide quality care to those in the Mahoning Valley with the same high standards and commitment to the patient experience that you’ve come to expect from every Southwoods facility. Decisions about whether you choose to continue with your planned course of care are personal to you and your physician. Accordingly, please consult with your physician if you have any questions about proceeding with care so that you can make an informed decision.

COVID-19 Testing Available

COVID-19 testing is available at our Boardman and Campbell Express Care locations. No appointment necessary.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. To date, cases of COVID-19 have spread around the world, making the condition one of the most rapidly emerging infectious diseases.

COVID-19 can cause fever, cough, shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms and loss of taste and smell. The virus is spread through the air by respiratory droplets when someone coughs or sneezes and through human contact or touching inanimate objects, much like the cold or flu.

Additional information on COVID-19 is available at the CDC website here www.CDC.gov and the ODH website here odh.ohio.gov.

Patient Information

We are taking these proactive steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our health system and community.

  • Patients, visitors and staff are screened before entering any Southwoods facility.
  • Patients exhibiting symptoms of possible COVID-19 are instructed NOT to come to the facility. Symptoms can include:
    • Experiencing flu-like symptoms
    • Fever, chills or chills with shaking
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Cough or shortness of breath
    • Sore throat
    • Nasal congestion
    • Runny nose
    • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
    • Headache
    • Muscle pain
    • Loss of taste or smell
  • Pre-admission screening assessments are administered to all patients entering the hospital for scheduled procedures.
  • Patients and visitors are required to bring their own face coverings so Southwoods can conserve Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for our healthcare workers. You may be denied services if you are not wearing a face covering.

Visitor Information

Infections like influenza and COVID-19 are especially dangerous to our patients. Please help us protect your loved ones.

For the safety of our patients and staff, the following visitor restrictions apply:

  • Do NOT visit if any of the following apply and do NOT visit until you have completely recovered:
    • Experiencing flu-like symptoms
    • Fever, chills or chills with shaking
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Cough or shortness of breath
    • Sore throat
    • Nasal congestion
    • Runny nose
    • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
    • Headache
    • Muscle pain
    • Loss of taste or smell
  • Children are NOT permitted to visit at this time.

 

The Surgical Hospital at Southwoods

  • Screening assessments will be administered to all Visitors.
  • Visitors accompanying patients to their scheduled procedure will be limited to one (1) person.
    • Due to social distancing requirements, visitors are not allowed in clinical areas.
  • Visitors to our Inpatient Unit will be limited to one (1) designated person per patient throughout the patient’s entire stay.

Southwoods Health Facilities

  • All other Southwoods facilities are instituting a PATIENTS ONLY policy to restrict visitors in waiting areas.
  • Children or adults with special needs may have a family member with them.
  • In the event a visitor needs to assist a patient to and from an exam room, exceptions may be made and screening assessments administered.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Southwoods Health doing to help reduce transmission risk?

  • During this time, Southwoods is assessing all hospital patients and intended visitors for symptoms using CDC guidelines as part of the pre-admission phone screening.
  • Patients and visitors exhibiting symptoms of possible COVID-19 are instructed not to come to the facility.
  • We are restricting the number of visitors to our facilities, as well as the age of visitors.
  • We are requiring all patients, visitors and staff wear face coverings. Patients and visitors are required to bring their own face coverings in an effort to conserve PPE for our healthcare workers. You may be denied services if you are not wearing a face covering.
  • We redesigned our lobbies and waiting areas to ensure social distancing.
  • Our Housekeeping Team is more frequently disinfecting high-touch areas.
  • We are actively communicating with local healthcare agencies and other hospitals to coordinate response.

Can I get tested for COVID-19 at Southwoods Health?

  • COVID-19 testing is available at our Southwoods Express Care locations. Click here for more information.

Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?

  • Care for COVID-19 infected people is supportive, as there are no vaccines available yet to treat this disease. Supportive care includes rest, fluids and fever control, to help relieve symptoms.
    • Scientists and Physicians are actively testing medications that will help in the fight against COVID -19.