COVID-19 Patient Information (Updated 2/23/21 12:00pm)

Coronavirus Information Hotline: 419-468-0800

Your Health and Safety is Our Priority

At Avita Health System, we’re doing everything possible to provide high-quality healthcare in an environment that is safe and makes you feel comfortable. You can trust that during these defining times we will hold true to what matters the most – Your health and safety!

Community Vaccination Process

Our waitlist is now OPEN! Avita Health System is currently offering COVID-19 vaccinations to

  • Ohioans 65 years of age and older.
  • Ohioans born with or who have early childhood conditions that are carried into adulthood, which put them at a higher risk for adverse outcomes due to COVID-19, listed below.
    • Under Ohio’s Phase 1B, vaccine eligibility includes Ohioans born with or who have early childhood conditions that are carried into adulthood, which put them at higher risk for adverse outcomes due to COVID-19. The following group of Ohioans are included, even though they are not age 65 or older, because they were born with or developed in childhood a severe condition that puts them at very high risk for dying from COVID-19.
      • Sickle cell anemia
      • Down syndrome
      • Cystic fibrosis
      • Muscular dystrophy
      • Cerebral palsy
      • Spina bifida
      • People born with severe heart defects, requiring specialized medical care
      • People with severe type 1 diabetes, who have been hospitalized for this in the past year
      • Phenylketonuria (PKU), Tay-Sachs, and other rare, inherited metabolic disorders
      • Epilepsy with continuing seizures; hydrocephaly; microcephaly, and other severe neurological disorders
      • Turner syndrome, fragile X syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, and other severe genetic disorders
      • People with severe asthma, who have been hospitalized for this in the past year
      • Alpha and beta thalassemia
      • Solid organ transplant candidates and recipients
  • Ohioans with one of the above qualifying medical conditions may choose to receive the vaccine at the provider of their choice, but will be asked by their vaccine provider to verify that they are, in fact, eligible at this time.

Vaccine recipients must be age 18 or older to be eligible for the Moderna vaccine.

Phase 1B Distribution is expected to offer vaccinations to an estimated 2.2 million Ohioans over the course of several weeks. The timing for Phase 1B is as follows:

  • Monday, Jan. 18 – Vaccines available to those 80 years of age and older
  • Monday, Jan. 25 – Vaccines available to those 75 years of age and older; those with severe congenital or developmental disorders
  • Monday, Feb. 1 – Vaccines available to those 70 years of age and older; employees of K-12 schools that wish to remain or return to in-person or hybrid models
  • Monday Feb. 8 – Vaccines available to those 65 years of age and older
  • Monday Feb. 15 – Vaccines available to those born with or who have early childhood conditions that are carried into adulthood, which put them at a higher risk for adverse outcomes due to COVID-19, listed above. Patients in this category will be asked to attest to their eligibility when at the vaccination appointment

As vaccines are allocated to Avita for community distribution, we will post updates here (on our website) and on our social media accounts. To request an appointment, call 419-468-0800 Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 4:30pm. Appointments will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Requests will not be accepted from those who do not meet the minimum requirements as outlined by the Ohio Department of Health. Walk-in appointments are not available.

Those scheduled for a COVID-19 vaccine are allowed one support person and will be asked to bring a driver’s license or state issued ID. Masks are required. Those sick with the following symptoms must wait until they feel better to be vaccinated: fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, shortness of breath, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. Individuals who have received an antibody treatment for COVID-19 infection will need to wait 90 days after therapy to receive their vaccination.

Vaccines will be administered within each Avita hospital at no charge:

  • Bucyrus Hospital: 629 N. Sandusky Ave, Bucyrus, OH 44820
  • Galion Hospital: 269 Portland Way S, Galion, OH 44833
  • Ontario Hospital: 715 Richland Mall, Ontario, OH 44906

Monoclonal Antibody Infusion Therapy

Avita is offering monoclonal antibody therapy at Galion Hospital as an outpatient treatment for individuals with recent COVID-19 diagnoses who have mild to moderate disease with high risk of progressing to severe disease or hospitalization. Treatment is administered as an IV infusion over the course of one hour. Patients must meet specific criteria to qualify for treatment and a doctor’s order is required.

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Current Precautions

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we implemented numerous safety measures to protect our patients, employees, medical staff, volunteers and the community. Our temporary precautions include:

  1. Masking required at all Avita facilities
  2. Visitor Restrictions:
    • Visitors under the age of 18 are not permitted
    • 1 visitor per day for hospitals and clinics
    • 2 visitors per day for maternity patients
    • Visiting Hours 8:00am – 8:00pm
    • Overnight visitation is not permitted
  3. Limited patient entrances at Bucyrus, Galion, and Ontario Hospitals
    • Bucyrus Hospital – Emergency Department entrance is open for patients and visitors.
    • Galion Hospital – Emergency Department entrance is open for patients experiencing medical emergencies. Main Lobby Entrance is open Monday – Friday 7:00am to 5:30pm for patients and visitors.
    • Ontario Hospital – Main Hospital Entrance is open for emergency patients, visitors, and testing. East Entrance is open Monday – Friday 7:00am to 5:00pm for physician clinic patients only.
  4. Screening every patient and visitor that enters the hospital with a temperature check and questionnaire
  5. Cafeteria restrictions – Food and nutritional services are available for employees, patients, and patient visitors only.
  6. The gift shops at Galion and Bucyrus Hospitals are temporarily closed.
  7. Vendor restrictions – We are only allowing necessary preapproved vendors in our facilities.

Coronavirus Information Hotline

In April 2020, we established a call center to answer questions and address concerns about COVID-19. Avita’s Coronavirus Information Hotline is open Monday – Friday 8:00am-4:30pm at 419-468-0800.

Pharmacy Curbside Prescription Pick-up

Avita offers curbside prescription pick-up for the outpatient pharmacy, Monday-Friday during business hours. Patients are directed to pull into one of the designated parking spaces on the East side of Ontario Hospital and call the Pharmacy telephone number on the sign: 567-307-7570. Prescriptions will be delivered directly to your vehicle. Patients are still permitted in Ontario Hospital to drop off and pick up prescriptions and to get vaccinations.

What if I Have an Upcoming Appointment?

We’re taking precautions to ensure a safe environment for all patients, visitors and staff. If you have flu-like symptoms, including fever or cough, and have an upcoming appointment, please call your provider to let them know. Please avoid visiting the hospitals or ambulatory locations if you have flu-like symptoms, including fever or cough.

What Are the Symptoms?

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and range from mild to severe illness. The most common symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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