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Avita Health System in Ontario.

BUCYRUS/GALION/ONTARIO --  In an effort to protect patients, visitors, employees, medical staff, and the community during the COVID-19 outbreak, Avita Health System will no longer permit visitors at Bucyrus, Galion, and Ontario hospitals, effective Friday, until further notice.

There are limited exceptions to the visitor restrictions, including:

-- patients receiving end-of-life care

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-- patients under the age of 18

-- patients with disabilities who need assistance

-- patients undergoing emergency surgery

Maternity patients are limited to one support person for the duration of their stay.

Also starting Friday, Avita limit the number of entry points at Bucyrus and Galion hospitals to reduce potential COVID-19 exposure and inhibit traffic throughout the facilities.

The main “lobby” entrances at both hospitals will be locked, as well as the pre-admission testing entrance and south entrance at Galion Hospital.

The entrance that connects Ontario Hospital to Richland Mall was locked earlier in the week and will remain locked. All other entrances, including entry to the emergency departments at all three hospitals, will remain open.

To answer questions about COVID-19, Avita’s Coronavirus Information Hotline is available 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 419-468-0800.