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).

What to Do If You Think You May Have COVID-19

Call Your Doctor

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as a cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Call before going to the doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell caregivers your symptoms. They will inform you on the best next steps for your situation.

At Mercy, we are taking proactive steps to prepare for the anticipated surge of COVID-19 cases.

Mild Symptoms of COVID-19

COVID 19 bedPeople who are mildly ill are able to recover at home and should monitor their symptoms, which may appear 2-14 days after exposure. They include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

COVID 19 call doctorIf you have these mild symptoms:

  1. Stay home (except if you have an appointment to get medical care from your primary care provider)
  2. Cover your coughs and sneezes
  3. Wash your hands often
  4. Separate yourself from other people
  5. Limit contact with pets and animals
  6. Clean frequently touched surfaces daily
  7. Avoid public areas
  8. Avoid public transportation

Read more about preventing others from getting sick from the ODH.

Emergency Warning Signs of COVID-19

Warning triangle squareIf you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.