COVID-19 Virus

COVID Update: What You Need to Know


Updated September 19, 2022: Provided below is information with the latest local updates, prevention tips and information about exposure risk and testing options. This page will be updated with any new developments.

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Have Symptoms or Potential Exposure?

COVID-19 can cause a wide range of mild to severe symptoms. In most cases, symptoms may appear within 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Some more common symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms get tested and contact your primary care provider and wear a mask around others.


Looking for information about the COVID-19 vaccine?

CRH Vaccine Information Page

Visitor Options

The following options are available to patient visitors and support persons:


Patient Tower and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) 
Each patient may have two visitors at a time, including COVID-positive and COVID-suspected patients. Visitors to patient tower floors and the ICU must be age 14 or older.  

Visitors of COVID-positive and covid-suspected patients should be directed to notify the care team upon arrival, so that they may be assisted with the proper protective equipment. To continue to prevent crowding in waiting and common areas in the hospital, we encourage additional visitors to wait outside the facility until their visitation turn is available. 

Emergency Department
Emergency Department patients may each continue to have two visitors at a time per day. No switching among ED visitors will be allowed at this time, and travel going to and from the patient room should be limited. Exceptions to visitor options may be made for end-of-life circumstances or other situations where deemed appropriate by care staff.

Mental Health
Two visitors at a time will be allowed between 12 and 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Birthing Center and Pediatric Unit
Two support persons over age 18, such as a spouse, partner, sibling, or another person chosen by the patient (e.g. a Doula) may be allowed while the mother is in labor and delivery only.

  • One support person may be with the mother throughout her stay.
  • Postpartum, in addition to having one support person throughout her stay, the mother may have one visitor, age 18 or older, per day between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m.
  • Two individuals may be designated to visit pediatric patients in the Level II nursery – only one support person may visit at a time each day.

Surgical and Outpatient Procedures
Surgical teams are working diligently to get patients rescheduled for services that may have been previously delayed due to high inpatient volumes. If you had a procedure or surgery previously delayed and have not been contacted by your physician to reschedule, reach out to your surgeon’s office. Each patient is allowed two visitors or support persons to accompany them for their procedure or service. 

The following guidelines remain for ALL visitors to the hospital campus:

  • Visitors are required to wear a mask; cloth masks are acceptable. Visitors of patients in double-bed rooms should keep their masks on at all times, even inside the patient room.
  • Visitors of COVID-positive and COVID-suspected patients will be advised to wear additional personal protective equipment and will be assisted with that process.
  • Clergy and ministry laypersons are allowed as an additional visitor/support person option. Clergy and ministry personnel must check in and check out at Entrance 3.

Additionally, valet services remain suspended at this time. Our Valet team members are available to help screen/greet patients at Entrances 2 and 3. Valet associates will still be available to assist patients to and from their vehicle when needed. Patients who need assistance should pull up to a valet entrance and let the valet know that assistance is needed. The valet associate will meet patients at their parked car to provide assistance into the building.

Primary and Specialty Care Offices 

Individual practices and facilities within the Columbus Regional Health network will continue to operate with visitor and support person options unique to each location. Most practices have signage with visitor options and instructions upon arrival. We encourage you to call the practice ahead of time for specific instructions for your visit.

Limited Hospital Entrances

Restricted entrances to the hospital facility remain in place. Visitors to the inpatient units should enter via Entrance 3. Emergency Department visitors should enter via Entrance 1. Visitors for outpatient and surgical services patients would use Entrances 2, 3 or 4, depending on the procedure location.

Pre-procedure instructions identifying the proper entrance will be given to the patient and designated visitor prior to their visit.

Columbus Regional Hospital is actively screening those who visit the facility. The three hospital facility entrances open to the public are open during the following hours:

  • Entrance 1 (Emergency Department) – open 24/7
  • Entrance 2 – open 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Entrance 3 (Main) – open 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Entrance 4 will function as an admit and discharge only location for Surgical Services and Endoscopy Center patients.

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Satellite view of CRH campus.

Want to reach out to a patient but can't visit in person? Try our Email a Patient form.

COVID-19 Testing Protocols

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, even if you are vaccinated, it is important to stay home except to get tested or to see your primary care provider (PCP).

Call your primary care provider office if:

  • You are symptomatic. Your doctor will provide the best recommendation.
  • Your symptoms worsen.
  • You have health risk factors or other underlying conditions such as diabetes, CHF or COPD.
  • You have questions about COVID-19 or your health that you would like answered by a health care provider.

Schedule a drive-thru COVID-19 testing appointment if:

  • You are asymptomatic and would like to be tested.
  • You have been exposed to COVID-19 but are NOT displaying symptoms.
  • You are in need of a test for travel, work or school.

If you have a MyChart account, please schedule your drive-thru testing appointment in MyChart for quicker scheduling and access to your results. If you do not have a MyChart account, please sign up for an account at mychart.crh.org. You may also call 812-376-5419 to schedule your appointment.

MyChart now offering easy access to proof of COVID vaccine and testing results

Hand holding smartphone showing Vaccine Card QR code

Thanks to a new feature, CRH MyChart users can now access their personal COVID vaccination and testing credentials in an easy-to-share QR code or print forms right from their medical record. 

Learn more

What's a COVID-19 Community Level?

  • It's a new tool to help communities decide what prevention measures to take based on the latest data.
  • Every community in the United States is classified as:

Low

Limited impact on healthcare system, low levels of sever illness

Medium

Some impact on healthcare system, more people with severe illness

High

High potential for healthcare system strain; high level of severe illness

MyChart Offers Proof of Vaccine Status

Hand holding smartphone with vaccine QR code displayed.

Thanks to a new feature, CRH MyChart users can now access their personal COVID vaccination and testing credentials in an easy-to-share QR code or print forms right from their medical record. 

Learn more

When To Seek Medical Attention

Monitor your symptoms. Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening, especially if you develop difficulty breathing. Put on a face mask before you enter any facility.

These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed. Limit your public exposure, such as public transportation or entering public spaces while exhibiting symptoms of illness.

As always, if you or a loved one is experiencing extreme distress, call 911 immediately. 

Here's What You Can Do!

At this time, the most effective way to protect yourself and your loves ones from COVID-19 is to practice the following:

  • Get vaccinated or boosted
  • Social distancing (avoid large public gatherings and consider masking while in public, especially indoors)
  • Proper hand hygiene – washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and using alcohol-based sanitizer as a secondary option
  • Covering cough
  • Not going in public if you are ill, especially if you have a fever