This page was last updated on January 14, 2021.

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)

All Hospital Visitation Temporarily Stopped

Effective November 12, 2020, Mercy Medical Center joins many other Ohio hospitals in temporarily stopping all hospital visitation due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. Maternity patients are still permitted one support person (who must remain the same person for the entirety of their stay). Surgical/procedural patients are allowed one visitor during this time period. Exceptions to the visitation policy will be made on a case-by-case basis, such as end-of-life and critical patient situations.

Learn more about affected services at Mercy.

Symptoms of COVID-19 Can Affect Anyone

According to the CDC, the symptoms of COVID-19 can vary from mild to severe in anyone. Those who seem to be at higher risk include older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes.

Learn more about COVID-19 symptoms and other frequently asked questions on our COVID-19 FAQs page.

How to Get a COVID-19 Test in Ohio

There are several different types of COVID-19 tests. Each has its pros and cons. Read the ODH’s information about COVID-19 test types.

COVID-19 testing sites are located throughout Ohio, pop-up sites, community health centers, and retail places (i.e., CVS Pharmacy). These sites can be found in every county in Ohio, including Stark County, Carroll County, Wayne County, Holmes County, and Tuscarawas County. The best resource for finding a COVID-19 testing site near you is to search the ODH COVID-19 Testing Centers Database.

Updates on COVID-19 Vaccine in Ohio

Ohio is in the process of administering doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The phased distribution plan is intended to protect those at greatest risk of COVID-19 and follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). The ODH provides updates and extensive information on its website.

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine in our FAQs section.

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.

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.

Get the latest COVID-19 statistics for Ohio from the ODH’s COVID-19 Dashboard.

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.