How long do we anticipate COVID-19 to circulate in our community?

It is expected to circulate in our country and the world for several months.

Where is testing for Coronavirus offered?

Drive-up testing by referral only is offered at Jameson Crane. If you are experiencing symptoms, call 614-293-4000 to see if you need to be tested.

If you are a clinical staff member and are interested in volunteering at the testing station, find more information here.

Should staff/faculty with mild to moderate symptoms continue to go to work?  

Stay home if you're sick — even with mild/moderate symptoms. Please review this guide to symptoms.

I was tested for COVID-19. What should I do while I wait for my test results?

  • Return home now and stay home from work, school and all other outings (self-quarantine).
  • If you have any appointments scheduled at Ohio State within the next four days, we will postpone them automatically. Please call the clinic before going in.
  • Get extra rest, drink plenty of fluids and take over-the-counter medications that you normally would treat a cold or the flu.
  • Protect others by washing your hands frequently and wearing a mask around others. Call 911 or seek immediate medical attention if necessary.
  • Call your doctor if symptoms change or worsen.

Do I need to quarantine if someone I know is quarantined?

If someone is in quarantine, that means they are "well" and have simply been exposed to someone who is sick.

There is no need to quarantine yourself if you have been in contact with someone who is in quarantine. You would need to quarantine only if the person in quarantine were to become sick. That being said, you should certainly respect the fact that the other person is in quarantine and keep your distance.

A quarantined person should be keeping a 6-10 foot distance from others and avoiding prolonged contact while in an enclosed space. They should also:

  • sleep in a separate room from others
  • practice strict cough etiquette (cover sneeze or cough with sleeve)
  • practice strict hand hygiene
  • avoid sharing utensils, dishware or drinking cups

As a health care worker, what protocol do I follow if I'm exposed to a person under investigation who is awaiting testing for COVID-19, and I wasn't wearing appropriate personal protective equipment?

Follow our guidelines for employee exposure.

If a staff member has been out of Ohio and been exposed to someone who is sick should they return to work with the other staff without getting checked or quarantined?

If an employee is in close contact with a person under investigation of COVID-19, is a resident in a community where there is an ongoing spread of COVID-19 or a person that has been confirmed to have COVID-19, and develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should call their primary care provider and tell them about their symptoms. The primary care provider will decide whether the employee needs to be tested.

Employees should stay home if they develop any flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or they should go home immediately if any of these flu-like symptoms occur at work.

There is a discussion in the news media about the spreading of COVID-19 among asymptomatic individuals. What mode of transmission or viral shedding is actually occurring or isn't this a clear concern?

The significance of asymptomatic shedding is unknown at this time but the highest risk of transmission appears to be when symptomatic.

As a health care provider, if we develop cold symptoms should we be tested?

  • If you're experiencing mild or moderate coronavirus symptoms, call your primary care provider to determine the best course of treatment.
  • If you can't reach a primary care provider or don't have one, questions can be answered through the Ohio Department of Health's hotline, open between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m., at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
  • If you're experiencing severe coronavirus symptoms, visit the Emergency Department. You can log in to your MyChart account to view current wait times at an Ohio State Emergency Department and let them know you're on your way.

     

If we or one of our family members are showing COVID-19 symptoms, should we go to one the swabbing stations?

If you're experiencing mild or moderate coronavirus symptoms, call your primary care provider to determine the best course of treatment.

At the moment, we recommend that those without severe symptoms avoid visiting walk-in care centers to help prevent the spread of the virus. If you can't reach a primary care provider or don't have one, questions can be answered through the Ohio Department of Health's hotline, open between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m., at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

If you're experiencing severe coronavirus symptoms, visit the Emergency Department. You can log in to your MyChart account to view current wait times at an Ohio State Emergency Department and let them know you're on your way.

If you're worried that you may have contracted COVID-19 but you're not yet experiencing symptoms, contact your primary care provider for recommendations for your individual situation. If you can't reach your primary care provider or don't have one, you can call the Ohio Department of Health's hotline, open between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m., at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Is there any guidance for clinical providers/nurses who are over 65?

All health care providers should follow their normal practices including the hospital's infection control policies. CDC does not provide any specific guidance for health care works over the age of 65.

What is the patients' cost for swab testing? Does insurance cover testing?

This page contains the answer to this and other related questions.

What is the recommendation for staff performing procedures (trans-esophageal echo, EGD, colonoscopy, etc.) for suspected/confirmed COVID-19 patients and for asymptomatic patients in which COVID-19 is not suspected?

For asymptomatic patients – use the usual appropriate PPE for your procedures to protect you (gown, gloves, mask, eye protection); this has always been the policy.

For suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients, procedures that could aerosolize secretions should only be performed when absolutely medically necessary (similar to what we do with TB rule out or confirmed patients).  Ideally, these procedures should be performed in a negative airflow room, but if that is not possible the patient should be in a single room with the door closed.  Only personnel who are critical to the procedure should be in the room.  All personnel must be wearing appropriate PPE: gown, gloves, N95 or PAPR, eye protection.  Hand hygiene using soap and water (rub for 20 seconds) should be performed before and after the procedure. 

Should there be expedited testing of health care providers with mild symptoms and no overt exposures? Should providers plan to stay home with things like malaise, sore throat in absence of fever/cough?

In-house testing at the medical center is being prioritized for inpatients and health care workers with symptoms of COVID-19. If you are feeling ill, you should stay at home. You can call Employee Health or your PCP with your symptoms who can direct you to the Call Center and Swabbing Station for testing.