JACKSON — In Jackson County, Holzer Medical Center of Jackson is the county’s designated testing/screening location for coronavirus (COVID-19).

A representative from Holzer explained to The Courier that they have a mobile unit in Jackson outside the hospital to streamline the process; however, they are only collecting the samples, which are then sent off to another lab for testing.

As of press time, Holzer Health System does not have any confirmed cases of the COVID-19 in Jackson County. The Holzer representative also explained that someone who thinks they have signs of COVID-19 needs to be referred by either the Jackson County Health Department or a health provider.

“Our system has formed a multi-disciplinary task force to ensure that our patients, communities, and employees are provided with safe care,” a press release said, “Staff is utilizing educational materials provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce risks.”

The press release continued, “In addition, our caregivers are utilizing algorithms for identifying and treating symptoms, safety precautions for patients, visitors, and staff, and streamlining the process for individuals who may present to our locations in need of COVID-19 screening.”

Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Holzer Medical Center of Jackson will be limiting entrances to its building.

At these entrances, Holzer staff will be conducting a short screening including a temperature check and a few brief questions. All individuals entering the locations, including patients, visitors, employees, and vendors, will undergo the screening process.

Entrance schedules for Jackson include:

  • ER Entrance: 24/7
  • Employee Entrance: 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Main Entrance: 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Other Holzer Hospital locations in both Gallipolis and Meigs will also be limiting entrances to its buildings.

Holzer encourages all members of the communities to continue to protect yourself from infectious diseases by using the following precautions provided by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH):

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals
  • Wash hands often with water and soap (20 seconds or longer)
  • Dry hands with a clean towel or air dry your hands
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces
  • Clean and disinfect high touch (counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, and tablets) surfaces often
  • Call before visiting your doctor
  • Practice good hygiene habits

If you suspect you may have been exposed to COVID-19 because you have traveled to an area that has sustained/ongoing transmission of COVID-19 or has been exposed and/or is exhibiting symptoms of cough, fever, and shortness of breath, contact your healthcare provider and let them know you may have been exposed to COVID-19 before visiting the healthcare facility. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take precautionary steps to keep other people from being exposed.

Holzer Health System is working closely with state and local health department agencies for any needs that may arise in our communities in response to COVID-19.

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