COVID-19 Symptoms, FMC Call Center and Visitation Restrictions

As businesses across the region begin to screen employees for symptoms of COVID-19 before the start of the work day, most notably through temperature checks, Fairfield Medical Center infectious disease physician Dr. Andrew Dagg-Murry wants to prepare the community and employers for what should happen next.

“If someone has a fever, do not send them to the emergency department or urgent care,” Dr. Dagg-Murry said. Instead, individuals should be instructed to go home and self-isolate. From that point, they should monitor symptoms closely and seek medical attention if their condition worsens or becomes severe. “And always call ahead before arriving,” the doctor reminded.

For the vast majority of individuals, COVID-19 will cause mild to moderate symptoms before resolving and may not require testing. “Employees should be without symptoms for a week, and fever free – without the use of medication – for three consecutive days before returning to work,” said Dr. Dagg-Murry. Upon returning to work, employees should wear a standard isolation mask for 7 days.

Beginning Friday, March 20, Fairfield Medical Center’s COVID-19 call center will be available to answer the community’s questions regarding coronavirus protection, preparation and precautions. The call center is staffed with medical professionals in order to provide accurate, up-to-date information, and can be reached 24/7 by calling 740-687-8818.

Visitor Restrictions are in effect beginning Friday, March 20 at 2:30 p.m.: NO visitation at Fairfield Medical Center main campus location is permitted.

Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for:
• Maternity unit – maternity patients are allowed only one identified support person in the facility. This person will have an identification band readily visible for staff to check. This person will not change during the patient’s stay.
• Children under 18-years-old admitted to the hospital are allowed two caregivers
• Patients receiving end-of-life care

For those exceptions, only one visitor per patient will be allowed, and they must be:
• 18 or older
• Either immediate family members, powers of attorney, guardians or patient representatives
• Healthy with no symptoms of illness, including cough, cold or fever

Please call 740-243-1099 to learn more about visitation exceptions. Everyone will have their temperature checked upon arrival at any Fairfield Medical facility.

Thank you for your cooperation during this time. For additional information regarding COVID-19, click here or contact the Ohio Department of Health call center at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

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