With the latest COVID surge, many hospitals are seeing record numbers. Many of the patients requiring hospitalization are experiencing a higher degree of illness than seen in the past. To help manage the high volume of patients, OhioHealth is working to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place to minimize their costs and maximize the experience for all COVID and non-COVID patients.
Here’s what everyone in our community should know:
Urgent care is available when you need immediate but not emergent care outside your primary care physician’s regular office hours, and/or when your primary care physician cannot see you right away. In-person testing at all OhioHealth Urgent Care locations is limited to patients with symptoms. If you do not have symptoms, try an urgent care video visit, or call your primary care provider. Urgent care testing is billed as an urgent care visit.
Patients should go to the ED when they have a true medical emergency. This means a severe head injury, stroke, persistent shortness of breath or wheezing, persistent chest pain, major cuts/severe bleeding, major burns or major breaks, sprains, and strains. Our emergency departments are only equipped to provide COVID-19 testing to patients in need of emergency care. If you only need a COVID-19 test, find a testing location near you on the Ohio Department of Health website.
The vast majority of hospitalized COVID patients have not received the COVID vaccine. Please get the vaccine through a local pharmacy retailer, the health department, or your primary care physician. The vaccine can keep people out of the hospital, allowing beds for more critically ill patients. Visit gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 800-232-0233 for vaccine locations near you.
- COVID-19 testing at OhioHealth is primarily intended for people with infection or exposure concerns. If you’re experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has COVID, and have questions about COVID testing, contact your primary care provider who can help determine if testing is necessary.
- If you need proof of a negative COVID-19 test for reasons such as travel or event access, we recommend finding a testing location near you on the Ohio Department of Health website.
- If you need a rapid COVID-19 test or walk-in service, find a testing location near you on the Ohio Department of Health website.
- For more information on testing, go here: blog.ohiohealth.com/testing-for-covid-19/
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