Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Protecting the health and safety of our patients, associates and community remains our highest priority. Lima Memorial is working with state and local health officials to closely monitor COVID-19 developments. Learn More.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information


Protecting the health and safety of our patients, associates and community remains our highest priority. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) that was first detected in China and is now widespread. Here’s what you should know about the virus and what Lima Memorial Health System is doing to keep patients, visitors and associates safe.

Our Commitment to Our Community

Lima Memorial Health System remains deeply committed to serving our community during this rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. We are facing unprecedented times as a nation, but also as a community. Our entire healthcare team has engaged with lightning speed to meet the needs of our community during this unparalleled time. We are in a constant state of preparedness and are proactive and nimble in the face of uncertainty. We are working collaboratively with local and regional hospitals, health departments, emergency management agencies and state officials to effectively care for our communities.

I am proud of the collaboration throughout our community, my hometown. Even more, I am proud to lead an incredible team of dedicated associates who so selflessly care for our patients. These healthcare heroes have joined together to battle this invisible enemy with a fighting spirit that defines Lima Memorial. No matter the circumstances, we give our very best to the people and community we live and care for. We will continue to fight right alongside you, every step of the way to make our community whole again.

Mike Swick
President& CEO

The world looks like nothing we’ve ever seen before. We know COVID-19 has changed a lot of things, but it hasn’t changed our commitment to great care, always.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

What are the Symptoms of COVID-19?

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

How is Lima Memorial Health System Prepared for Coronavirus?

Lima Memorial Health System, in conjunction with Allen County Public Health, the Ohio Department of Health, the CDC and numerous other organizations is closely monitoring COVID-19 developments. In an abundance of caution, we have:

  • Deployed a COVID-19 Emergency Management Response team that is evaluating all possible scenarios, protocols and plans for preparedness.
  • Provided education for all providers and associates on CDC and ODH guidelines and recommendations
  • Implemented a screening protocol at all entry points into the health system
  • Restricted non-essential representatives / vendors from entering the hospital


Are there any current visitor restrictions?

Please visit Visitor Restrictions. 

Volunteer Services Temporarily Suspended

Our dedicated volunteers and the wonderful services they provide are critical to our hospital, and so is their health and safety. As we continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19, and in an abundance of precaution and prevention, all volunteer services have been temporarily suspended, effective March 14.

What precautions can you take to reduce your risk of getting coronavirus? 

Follow CDC guidelines for prevention, which include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water, if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Where can you get the latest information?

More information on COVID-19, including answers to frequently asked questions, can be found at and  The Ohio Department of Health has also set up a call center for general COVID-19 questions. Reach the call center at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). Call center staff includes licensed nurses and infectious disease experts. They will be available to answer questions and provide accurate information about COVID-19, the risk to the public, and the state’s response.

The following links will provide you with up-to-date COVID-19 resources: 

For the latest updates and more information, visit the CDC website.


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