AKRON, Ohio, March 13, 2020 – Due to the increasing spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 and in accordance with CDC guidelines, Summa Health announced today the strengthening of previously established visitor restrictions.
The implementation of visitor restrictions at all facilities is immediate and these measures will be in place until further notice.
All visitors must report to the main entrance of each campus:
• Akron City Campus: 141 N. Forge Street
• St. Thomas Campus: 444 N. Main Street
• Barberton Campus: 155 5th Street, NE
Friends and family will not be allowed to visit if they have a cough, fever or respiratory symptoms or if they have been exposed to COVID-19. In addition, children under 16 years of age should not visit.
Visitors should expect the following process:
• Prior to being allowed hospital access, each visitor will have their temperature taken. Those who have a temperature of 100˚F or greater will be denied access.
• Visitation will be limited to two (2) healthy visitors per day 16 years of age or older.
• Visitation will only be allowed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. No visitors will be allowed access to the hospital after 10 p.m.
• Contact the Call Center Help Line at 330.319.9453 with any questions about visitation restrictions.
We will make exceptions for extreme circumstances, such as severe illness of a loved one or end-of life situations.
Summa Health through its Summa Health Virtual Visit E-Visits also recently announced the availability of free online screenings for COVID – 19 and e-visits for specific health conditions. Patients can visit Summahealth.org/virtualvisit and choose the e-visit service. Screening of COVID-19 and e-visits for COVID-19, flu, sinus infections, hay fever and allergies will be free of charge.
On March 4, Summa Health established a Coronavirus Call Line inside the Clinical Access Center. The phone line is answered 24/7 by trained clinical staff. Since opening the line, Summa Health has received more than 300 calls with questions about the Coronavirus COVID-19. The call line remains open. The phone number is 234.867.6314.
Additional information and resources are also available on Summahealth.org/coronavirus including videos from Dr. Thomas File, one of the Summa Health Medical Groups Infectious Diseases Physicians and the President of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. The videos contain important information about Coronavirus COVID-19 and Summa Health’s response to the outbreak.
Summa Health is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and the Summa Health Foundation, we are nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa’s clinical services are consistently recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (Magnet status), U.S. News and World Report and The Leapfrog Group.
Media Contact: Shannon Houser