2019 Novel Coronavirus
5.20.2020 COVID-19 Antibody Testing
Lima Memorial now offers antibody testing for COVID-19 (SARS Coronavirus 2 IgG Antibody testing). The test is only recommended for individuals who are at least 10 days post-symptom onset or have had exposure to individuals with confirmed COVID-19. It does not diagnose active or recent infection.
Because this is a novel virus, there is no definite proof that the presence of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 guarantees immunity to subsequent infection by this virus in humans. Whatever the result, individuals should continue to follow public health guidance for physical distancing and other precautionary measures during the pandemic.
This test is available with a physician's order at the Lima Memorial Outpatient Laboratory and is covered by most insurance.
The antibody test is also available without a physician’s order for those who have no past medical history of COVID-19 symptoms, including cough, shortness of breath, or fever. The self-pay cost is $97, payable with a credit or debit card. This self-directed antibody testing is available only at Lincoln Medical Center, 1251 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 4, Wapakoneta, OH 45895.
3.30.2020 Virtual Resources for Recovery and COVID-19 Resources
3.30.2020 A Message from the United Way of Greater Lima
Dear Community Partners,
The American Red Cross has shared the attached resources with everyone (please see attached). These resources provide guidance for sheltering at home and for protecting yourself and your family.
Derek Stemen | President & CEO
3.27.2020 Joint St. Rita's & Lima Memorial COVID-19 Hotline
Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center and Lima Memorial Health System have jointly created a hotline and multiple evaluation centers for individuals showing symptoms associated with COVID-19.
The hotline number is 419-226-9000.
Both hospitals will be staffing the hotline call center. "Callers will be subjected to a series of questions, and follow-up recommendations will be made based on their responses. If an in-person visit with a medical professional is recommended, persons will be directed to one of the two centers for further evaluation."
3.23.2020 A Message from Judy Lester, SAFY
COVID19-UPDATE -- To reduce the spread of COVID-19, Lima Behavioral Health has begun developing measures that will assist us in continuing to provide critical services to our clients, while also practicing recommended preventative measures.
Effective March 23, both our Lima Behavioral Health and Youth Drop In Center facilities will be closed to all external visitors. We will continue to serve clients using telehealth technologies. the SAFY Youth Drop-in Center will continue to offer services to the youth in community in a virtual format.
Please have any youth needing assistance of any kind call us at 419-222-1527. Thanks all and stay safe! Please call us at 419-222-1527 during business hours or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/safyoflima/ for updates. We thank you for your understanding, support and patience as we work together as a community to provide necessary services in the safest and healthiest manner possible.
3.23.2020 A Message from Lima-UMADAOP
Dear Partners, Lima-UMADAOP is following all guidelines set forth by State and Federal mandates, with the current issue we are facing as a community addressing the state and national outbreak. Lima-UMADAOP will not be providing face-to-face services unless absolutely necessary.
Our agency will continue to update on any changes that may occur as we move forward. Lima-UMADAOP staff will provide intensive individual sessions, case management services and peer support for the clients through tele-health communication as set forth by the State of Ohio; through telephone and electronic services we will maintain contact with our patients.
Our medical staff is working for the safety and health of our patients in our residential treatment as well. This guidance has come from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration that approved The Ohio COVID-19 Treatment plan to manage operations to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for clients and staff.
Our agency is aligned with The Ohio COVID-19 Treatment plan focus in savings lives from both COVID-19 and addiction. Clients will still have access for MAT services; we will continue to ensure all residential services are met.
Lima-UMADAOP will continue to assist in educating and supplying information to staff and clients on COVID-19 and updates as they occur. Lima UMADAOP risk management team will monitor to ensure guidelines and safety protocols are followed. Lima-UMADAOP will continue to be accessible by phone to address client and staff needs.
Lima-UMADAOP, Inc. CEO and Staff
3.16.20 MHRSB of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Counties Update on COVID-19
The HOPEline number is 1-800-567-HOPE (4673) for anyone in crisis
If you are in crisis, call the local 24/7 HOPEline at:
Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., EST (800) 950-6264
It’s normal to feel anxious or stressed when things are uncertain or seem unsafe. The COVID-19 or coronavirus outbreak and safety measures can have an effect on our mental health. If you experience feelings of anxiety, depression, being overwhelmed, or any other strong emotions for which you need support, call the 24/7 HOPEline at 1-800-567-HOPE (4673).
You can also text 741 741.
Another emotional support line is the NAMI HelpLine at 800-950-NAMI (6264) Monday through Friday, between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm for mental health resources.
The Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize, and Hardin Counties is continuously monitoring the COVID-19 developments as well as following the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services guidelines and orders. Our agencies continue to operate while prioritizing the care of clients and staff. Please check with each agency for more specific updates on their procedures during this time.
If you feel that you may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath), stay home and contact your healthcare provider by phone for guidance. For up to date information on the coronavirus, visit www.coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.
Please be kind and support each other during this challenging time. If you have neighbors, friends, or family who are elderly or someone who may be in crisis, reach out to them in a safe manner. Call or text to check up on each other. We will get through this together.
The MHRSB-AAH will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as needed. If you have any questions, please contact our office at (419) 222-5120.
COLEMAN PROFESSIONAL SERVICES LIMITS VISITORS
Due to recent concerns regarding COVID-19 and our desire to ensure the safety of our clients and staff, Coleman Professional Services are no longer allowing visitors outside of Coleman Professional Services Staff in our Crisis Stabilization Unit. We will also not be allowing visitors outside of Coleman Staff on site at our Supportive Housing Sites. Supportive housing sites impacted are listed below:
Allen County Public Health is closely monitoring the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
What you need to know:
The coronavirus (COVID-19) in the news is a new type of coronavirus. It was first identified in China in December 2019.
The general public in the United States is at a low risk of catching COVID-19. You need close or direct contact with an individual sick with COVID-19 to catch COVID-19.
If you are traveling to an international destination, please check the CDC Travel Advisory page to determine the risk of COVID-19 at your destination.
What you can do:
Stay informed. Public Health officials work 24/7 to keep our communities safe and healthy. Find the latest updates through the Ohio Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Use everyday safeguards to limit the spread of germs – wash your hands often, stay home when you are sick, cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, and avoid touching your face.
In good health,
Kathy Luhn, Health Commissioner
For the most recent updates and information, visit the Allen County Public Health website:
The MHRSB of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Counties is grateful to state leadership in guiding Ohio’s response to COVID-19. We are working alongside Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Ohio Department of Health, and Governor DeWine to ensure continuity of care for Ohioans in our region with mental illness and addiction, many of whom have co-occurring health conditions that may make contracting a virus more dangerous for them.
We are also concerned about health anxiety and know that accurate education is important to reduce such stress. A trusted source of information is imperative in times of uncertainty like this, and we urge you to visit coronavirus.ohio.gov for the latest information specific to Ohio and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also, we urge you to use the OOH call center to get answers to specific questions regarding COVID-19. The call center is now open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
The MHRSB-AAH is working to prevent illness under direction from the OhioMHAS with efforts which include:
Increased cleaning at regional psychiatric hospitals;
Increased prevention and screening of patients being admitted to state psychiatric hospitals began in late January;
Increased staff and patient education related to COVID-19;
Increasing volume of targeted medication supplies from two weeks to two months; and
Updating our business continuity plan to ensure continued resources and support for constituents.