Category: COVID-19 Information and Updates

Get the most up-to-date information about how MHCO is responding to COVID-19.

Indoor Visitation Update

MHCO has finalized a plan to open in-person indoor visitation to some campuses.  Currently, indoor visitation to Mennonite Memorial Home, Maple Crest, and Willow Ridge is scheduled to begin on October 21st.  Commencement of visitation at Hilty Home has not yet been scheduled, due to current case status in Putnam County.   Case status and other… Read more »

Ohio Mask Mandate – What it means for MHCO

Today, Governor DeWine’s order requiring Ohioans to wear masks in public and in businesses goes into effect throughout Ohio.  This announcement also issues a travel advisory for those traveling to and from certain states.  The details of this order can be found in the press release published on the coronavirus.ohio.gov website.   Previously, masks were already… Read more »

MHCO Accepting Admissions at All Campuses

All Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio campuses (Mennonite Memorial Home, Hilty Home, Maple Crest and Willow Ridge) are now accepting COVID-negative admissions directly from the community and local hospitals.  Advancements in access to resident testing and personal protective equipment have allowed us to admit elders directly from the hospital, their home or another long-term care… Read more »

MHCO Goes 3/3 with Deficiency-Free COVID-19 Surveys

On March 20th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memorandum titled, “Prioritization of Survey Activities” in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  This memo instructed state Health Departments to suspend normal regulatory survey activity in skilled nursing facilities in lieu of new “COVID-19 Focused Surveys” that focused exclusively on infection control.  Specifically,… Read more »

UPDATE: Assisted Living Outdoor Visitation

Source: Athena Healthcare Systems

The Ohio Department of Health’s Third Amended Director’s Order to Limit Access to Ohio’s Nursing Homes and Similar Facilities, with Exceptions.  allows properly prepared assisted living facilities to begin to allow outdoor visitation on June 8. The lifted restrictions do not yet apply to nursing homes.  Since word of this order was made known, MHCO has… Read more »

Area Seamstresses to the Rescue

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio is thankful for the generous volunteer support from area churches and community members in sewing gowns.  More than 30 people responded to our request for help to sew 100+ gowns. Soon after the announcement a small group of people were able to cut gowns at the Ebenezer Mennonite Church. The… Read more »

CMS Releases Reopening Recommendations

In recent weeks around the country conversations regarding the re-opening of states and communities are taking place as the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic recedes. Discussions include all types of congregant living. Anyone living in “close quarters” is particularly vulnerable to resurgence of COVID-19.  We know all too well the devastating effects of a COVID-19 outbreak. As… Read more »