At Wooster Community Hospital, your health is our No. 1 concern. In light of the rapidly changing situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, we’ve collected numerous resources and updates about the novel coronavirus in one place on our website.
We want to make it as convenient as possible for you to get the information you need. Not only will you find critical information below concerning testing and precautions you can take to protect yourself and loved ones, but also what you can expect at our facilities. If you have any questions, please reach out to the call center at Wooster Community Hospital in Wooster, Ohio, at (330) 263-8144.
ONLINE Vaccine Scheduling
Wooster Community Hospital is now accepting COVID vaccine registrations for anyone defined as eligible by the State of Ohio.
The online scheduling system will regularly be updated with more appointment availability. If there were not available time slots for the vaccine please retry at a later time.
If you're under 18 you must come with a parent or legal guardian to receive the vaccine.
COVID TESTING & COVID VACCINE Information BELOW
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How does the new COVID-19 vaccine work/ or how does it protect me?
The mRNA COVID-19 vaccines contain instructions to teach our cells to make a piece of the virus that cause COVID-19 infection. The piece of the virus by itself is harmless. However, our bodies recognize it and mount an immune response against the virus protein, building up immunity in case we are exposed to the actual virus in the future. These vaccines cause immunity without ever having to be exposed to the actual or weakened form of the virus. Therefore, the vaccines cannot cause COVID-19 infection. It’s important emphasize the importance of the second dose. After the first dose, protection against the virus is only 50%. The second shot brings the rate of protection to the virus up to 95%.
How effective is the COVID vaccine?
Both the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and Moderna vaccine have been shown to be about 95% effective at preventing people from developing symptoms of COVID-19 infection. Studies for these vaccines gave participants either a vaccine or a placebo shot. People were then followed to see if they would develop COVID-19 infection; not just test positive, but also have symptoms. 95% fewer people became sick with COVID-19 if they were given the vaccine compared to people who were given a placebo shot.
Is the accelerated timeline for development and approval safe?
All the usual phases of vaccine research were completed for the COVID-19 vaccines. No steps were skipped. However, due to the nature of a pandemic, development and distribution of the vaccines were made more efficient by doing some phases of research at the same time instead of one after the other. Time was also saved by producing multiple vaccines even before the results of the research was known. The safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines underwent full review by a group of independent medical experts who recommended their emergency approval by the FDA. It is important to note that these vaccines have also been found to be safe and effective for use in other countries. The development of the COVID-19 vaccines did not start from scratch. A lot of the science that went into the vaccines was already known based on decades of research on Coronaviruses as well as mRNA vaccines.
Can we resume normal life as soon as we are vaccinated?
The vaccines should be the first step in getting life back to normal, but it will take time. A significant portion of the population needs to be vaccinated to gain enough immunity against the virus to prevent its significant spread. We know that the COVID-19 vaccines significantly decrease the chance of developing symptomatic COVID-19 infection. However, it has not yet been proven that the vaccines stop a vaccinated person from having and spreading COVID-19 infection without having any symptoms. Therefore, people who have received the vaccine still need to wear a mask
and social distance to prevent possible asymptomatic spread until this question is answered.
How long does the vaccine’s protection last?
It is not yet known how long the COVID-19 vaccine will provide protection from infection. It is possible that boosters could be needed in the future, however, more research over time is needed to answer that question.
Wooster Community Hospital remains vigilant in providing a safe environment for our patients and staff. As we continue to deal with the current public health crisis, below is our current visitor policy in place as of April 12, 2021. We appreciate your understanding as we work through this challenging time together.
- We are now allowing 2 support people. However, they must come for separate visits. We are still only allowing one support person at a time for inpatient visitation. We are still not allowing children.
- We are allowing both parents at the same time for inpatient pediatric admissions.
- The only exception to this is OB. We are allowing 2 support people during labor only. The 2 support people may alternate visits after delivery.
Emergency Department Visits
- We are only allowing 1 support person in the ED at this time.
- We are allowing 2 support people for outpatient visits.
Mask required to enter the building
If You Are Unable to Visit
Hospital staff will make every effort to connect with you regularly to discuss your loved one’s condition and needs. You are welcome to call the nursing unit for updates or you can contact the patient directly using their cell phone or their hospital room phone.
ICU (330) 263-8370
PCU (330) 202-5640
MS2 (330) 287-2740
MS3 (330) 287-2940
Emergency Department (330) 263-8444
Ambulatory Care (330) 263-8271
Women’s Pavilion (WP) (330) 202-5540
Transitional Care Unit (TCU) (330) 287-5900
Inpatient Rehab Unit (330) 263-8421
Hospital Operator may connect directly to patient's room (330) 263-8100
CALL Your Doctor To Get a Test Ordered
- WALK-IN COVID testing is available at the NowClinic, located at HealthPoint, 3727 Friendsville Road, Wooster, OH 44691.
- To schedule a COVID test at main campus:
• Call your Primary Care Physician to request an order be sent to the hospital
• Utilize WCH TodayCare Telehealth option to request an order
- Call 330-263-8660 or 330-287-5930 to schedule your appointment time
Turnaround time for test results will be same day or up to 2 days. Wooster Community Hospital employees are unable to give results over the phone. Please note that test results will be available through the ordering provider or through our patient portal WCH eCare.
If you feel your condition warrants an emergency room visit, testing may be available as part of that evaluation.
Learn what you need to know about COVID-19 and how you can protect yourself and your family. Get information on symptoms, testing, what to do if you are sick, and at risk groups. Find tips for managing your daily life, including going out, running errands, and coping with stress.
COVID-19 Virtual Visit with a Provider - If you are having symptoms of COVID-19 such as a fever, cough, body aches, or respiratory symptoms, you can choose this option to have a telemedicine visit with a healthcare provider. Your insurance will be billed, but no co-pay or out of pocket cost for anyone. This option will be available M-F 8a-5p.
For more information about our WCH TodayCare app, visit our webpage at https://www.woosterhospital.org/telehealth-todaycare/
CORONAVIRUS: YOU CAN MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE
Elective Surgery at WCH for all Procedures
What you need to know...
- Patients will be scheduled for surgery at a minimum of 2-3 days after their office visit with their surgeon.
- COVID-19 testing occurs the day prior to surgery in most cases, once the patient is tested they are required to self-quarantine until their time of surgery.
- Surgical patients may have one person with them as a support person and driver.
- Pediatric patients under the age of 12 may have two support people, one of which must be the legal guardian of the patient.
- The support person(s) and patient will be screened when entering WCH and will be required to wear a mask for the duration of time at the hospital.
All these precautions are in place to assure the safety of all patients and staff member