COVID-19 Information (as of 11/2/21)

COVID-19 Booster Clinics

Avita will be offering COVID-19 boosters for those meeting the following criteria starting Monday, November 8

Those who received Moderna & Pfizer/BioNTech primary vaccinations (two doses):

  • 65 years of age and older
  • Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
  • Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
  • Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings

Those who received Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) primary vaccinations (single dose):

  • 18 years of age and older

A “Mix and Match” approach has been authorized for the boosters. You may choose which vaccine you receive as a booster dose, however, Avita will only be offering the Moderna booster at our Booster Clinics. The FDA reports that a common strategy they are seeing is those who received a Janssen vaccine originally are choosing a Moderna or Pfizer booster for the added benefit that is seen with those vaccines. Another common combination is Moderna as a booster after a primary vaccination series from Pfizer.

Appointments will be available at:

Ontario Hospital
Mondays and Wednesdays
8:00am – 5:00pm

Galion Hospital
Fridays
8:00am – 5:00pm

To schedule your appointment, call 419-468-0800 Monday – Friday between 8:00am and 4:30pm.

Moderna, Pfizer, and Janssen boosters and vaccines are available at Ontario Pharmacy. To schedule your booster or vaccination at Ontario Pharmacy, call 567-307-7570 or request an appointment online.

Get Vaccinated!

To schedule your COVID-19 vaccine, call Avita Ontario Pharmacy at 567-307-7570 or request an appointment online.

All Ohioans age 18* and over are now eligible for an appointment.

*Avita is scheduling appointments for adults age 18 and over only.  Should we receive the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine in the future, eligibility will be expanded to include those age 16 and over.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred.

Those scheduled for a 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 are administered at the following locations:

  • Ontario Pharmacy: 715 Richland Mall, Ontario, OH 44906
    • Mon – Tues: 9:00am – 4:00pm
    • Wed – Fri: 9:00am – 7:00pm
    • Sat – Sun: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Get Tested!

Avita offers COVID-19 testing at our Bellville and Ontario Walk-In Clinics, as well as our testing sites at Bucyrus, Galion, and Ontario Hospitals. Avita’s COVID-19 test is a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) point-of-care diagnostic test that uses a nasal sample to determine if the patient has COVID-19 infection. Results are available via Avita’s MyChart.

The Ontario Walk-In Clinic is open daily from 8:00am – 8:00pm at 2003 West Fourth Street, Suite 130 in Ontario. The Bellville Walk-In Clinic is open daily from 8:00am – 8:00pm at 987 State Route 97 W in Bellville. These clinics provide urgent care services and no appointments are needed.

Our testing sites at Bucyrus, Galion, and Ontario Hospitals require a physician order and appointment. The hospital testing sites will be open at the following times:

Bucyrus
Wednesday & Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm

Galion
Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 8:00am – 4:30pm

Ontario
Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm

You can request a self-pay rapid test for $150 without an order by calling 419-462-3437 during normal business hours for an appointment at one of the testing sites.

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.

Current Patient and Visitor 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
    • Maternity patients and children under the age of 18: 2 visitors per day
    • Inpatient (Med/Surg & ICU), Surgery, and Emergency Department: 1 visitor per day
    • One support person per patient will be permitted at Avita’s medical offices
    • Patients admitted for COVID will not be permitted any visitors
    • Visiting Hours 8:00am – 8:00pm
    • Overnight visitation is not permitted
    • Exceptions can be made for patients receiving end-of-life care, patients with disabilities, and those undergoing emergency surgeries.  
    • Visitors must be asymptomatic.
  3. Limited patient entrances at Bucyrus, Galion, and Ontario Hospitals
    • Bucyrus Hospital – Emergency Department entrance is open for patients and visitors The Main Lobby Entrance is open Monday – Friday 8:00am to 8:00pm and Saturday – Sunday 8:00am to 6:30pm.
    • 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. The West Entrance is open for Avita Heart patients only.
  4. Screening every patient and visitor that enters the hospital with a 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 open limited hours. Masking, social distancing, and maximum occupancy limits apply.
  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 available 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.

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!

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