| TESTING PROTOCOL
It is anticipated Holmes County will experience individuals who will test positive for the coronavirus. The Holmes County Health
District wants to inform the public of the coronavirus testing protocol. Adhering to the recommended protocol will ensure our local
healthcare system is able to serve ill patients more efficiently and effectively.
Patients with COVID-19 may have mild to severe symptoms, similar to influenza and other viral illnesses, which may include:
- Fever greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
- Dry cough
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Tiredness, body aches
- Individuals at highest risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include those with pre-existing heart and lung disease, those
with compromised immune systems, infants and the elderly. The vast majority of patients will have mild/moderate symptoms and do not require hospitalization. All
screening and testing determinations follow Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control guidelines.
- Pomerene’s Coronavirus Hotline (330) 763-2055 can assist with general questions or symptom questions regarding Coronavirus.
If you suspect you are sick with COVID-19, follow the steps below to care for yourself and help prevent the disease from spreading to other people:
- Stay home except to get medical care, and separate yourself from other people in your home.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Clean your hands often.
- Contact your primary care provider if your condition or illness worsen. Call ahead before visiting the office.
Tell your provider that you have coronavirus-like symptoms, so they can take precautionary steps to prevent others from
- Your primary care provider may refer you to the Pomerene Hospital drive-through screening mobile unit, located at 981 Wooster
Drive in Millersburg, where clinical staff will screen and assess if testing is appropriate.
- All screening and testing determinations follow Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control guidelines.
Individuals exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, a new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, and muscle pain or
fatigue, Your primary care provider may refer you to the Pomerene drive-through screening station, where clinical staff will determine if testing is appropriate.
- The Pomerene Screening Unit is located at 981 Wooster Road Millersburg and open between the hours of 11:00 am - 7:00 p.m.,
Monday through Friday. Patients can still be screened and/or tested at our Emergency Department after hours.
- Photo identification is required.
- Individuals will be directed to drive up to the station where clinical staff will complete your screening to determine if testing
- All screening and testing determinations follow Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control protocol.
- Patients remain in their vehicle during the testing process.
Individuals exhibiting symptoms of the virus who do not have a primary care physician should call Pomerene’s Coronavirus Hotline (330) 763-2055 before coming to Pomerene or the Pomerene Emergency Department.
If you have symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath, contact your primary care provider for guidance. Do not visit
patients at Pomerene Hospital if you are ill.
Coronavirus testing is only conducted when medically necessary. Coronavirus testing is unnecessary for healthy individuals. The
Holmes County Health Department does not conduct patient care or testing at this time.
QUESTIONS AND GUIDANCE
If you have general questions regarding COVID-19, Pomerene’s Coronavirus Hotline (330) 763-2055 can assist with general questions or symptom questions regarding Coronavirus.
The Ohio Department of Health's call center is open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
Call center staff includes licensed nurses and infectious disease experts. They are available to answer questions and provide accurate
information about COVID-19, the risk to the public, and the state’s response.
Additional information and guidance on COVID-19 is available at ODH’s new website, coronavirus.ohio.gov.
For a local count of COVID-19 in Holmes County, visit HCHD’s website.