This page was last updated on March 20, 2020, at 3:16 p.m.

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) are aggressively responding to the outbreak of novel coronavirus / COVID-19. Along with other Ohio hospitals, Mercy Medical Center is following all CDC and ODH recommendations and will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available.

If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19, please call the ODH Hotline at 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634).

Latest Updates About Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mercy Temporarily Stopping ALL Hospital Visitation

Effective Friday, March 20, at 3 p.m., Mercy is temporarily stopping all hospital visitation until further notice.

We are still allowing one support person for our maternity patients. That one support person must be the same person throughout the stay. He or she can come and go as needed but cannot be switched. (Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis, such as end-of-life / critical patient situations).

For Mercy STATCAREs, physician practices, and outpatient locations, patients are asked to come to appointments alone, if possible. One person is allowed to accompany each patient to an appointment on an as-needed basis.

Healthy Blood Donors Needed

Mercy is encouraging healthy adults to roll up their sleeves to support this local need. The American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio and Vitalant (formerly LifeShare Community Blood Services) are the only two blood banks in Northeast Ohio, so they are primary suppliers of transfusable blood for many local hospitals, including Mercy. Learn more about how to help.

What to Expect With Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19

Coronavirus is not new. It’s a term that refers to a group of viruses known to cause respiratory illness.

What we are dealing with currently is a “novel coronavirus,” meaning it’s a type of coronavirus that was previously unknown to the health care community. This novel coronavirus causes an illness the World Health Organization named coronavirus disease of 2019, or COVID-19.

Cases of COVID-19 will continue to grow until late May or longer, according to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). Every infected person spreads the novel coronavirus to at least two to three people. A person can be infectious for five or six days before developing symptoms of illness. And, a likely scenario is that there will be subsequent waves of the disease.

For about 80 percent of Ohioans, the novel coronavirus will deliver mild cold symptoms with full recovery in 10 days. But 20 percent of those infected will need more medical or hospital care to treat COVID-19, an upper respiratory illness that can become so serious, especially for the elderly or already sick, that a patient requires mechanical breathing assistance.

What if I think I’m sick with COVID-19?

Read our COVID-19 self-assessment guidelines and learn more about what to do if you think you’re sick.

Learn More About COVID-19

Mercy has compiled some basic information about COVID-19 from the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers For Disease Control. Visit our coronavirus FAQs page.