Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health recommend that officials be prepared for the Coronavirus. It is important to note that the flu is still considered a much higher risk to the population than COVID-19.
As a residential institution caring for members of the community who may be more susceptible to viruses, MHCO understands that preparation is key. MHCO follows standard procedures for managing illnesses and highly contagious diseases. We utilize infection control policies and procedures to battle the flu every year. From time to time this includes warning residents, staff, families and visitors about a flu outbreak and ways to contain it.
Steps you can take to prevent the spread of flu and common cold will also help prevent coronavirus:
• If you have symptoms of a cold or flu, please let your caregivers know. If you are a family member or friend, please do not visit while you are sick.
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water, for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if a sink is not available.
• Refrain from hugging and kissing during the winter flu season.
• Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose after touching surfaces or being in public.
• Consider getting the flu shot if you have not had it already.
In addition to Universal Precautions that healthcare workers use daily, from time to time we take additional actions:
• Implementing isolation protocols (such as limiting visitors to certain areas of MHCO).
• Wearing masks, paper gowns, gloves and other protective equipment.
• Increasing the frequency and use of disinfectants.
• Limiting visitors.
The spread of disinformation has become prevalent among social media platforms. To get the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding the coronavirus as it relates to Ohioans visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Currently, for the safety of our residents, staff and families, we are asking visitors not to enter the building if any of following would apply:
- You have signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as a fever, cough and sore throat.
- You have had contact with anyone with or is under investigation for COVID-19.
- You have traveled to any area with documented cases of COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
We are committed to alerting you of any changes to our routine procedures or recommendations by the local health departments and the Ohio Department of Health.