COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information
Your health and safety are our top priorities. Learn more about our COVID-19 evaluation and testing and our commitment to providing great care while maintaining the safest environment possible.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information
Lima Memorial’s Community Evaluation Center serves as a key resource for individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
This center is located at 375 North Eastown Road, Suite C (Gastroenterology of West Central Ohio building). It is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Individuals experiencing common symptoms of COVID-19 should visit our Community Evaluation Center for appropriate testing and care.
Common symptoms of COVID-19 include:
Cough | Fever | Shortness of breath | Chill | Repeated shaking with chills | Muscle pain | Headache | Sore throat | New loss of taste or smell
INDIVIDUALS SHOULD NOT PUT THEMSELVES AT RISK BY COMING TO OUR EVALUATION CENTER IF THEY DO NOT HAVE SYMPTOMS.
For more information, call Lima Memorial Community Evaluation Center at 419-998-4688.
Lima Memorial offers PCR molecular testing, the gold standard for detecting the COVID-19 virus. Testing is offered to symptomatic patients, preoperative procedure patients, hospitalized patients at all local hospitals, healthcare workers, patients in long-term care facilities and first responders, among others. We continue to adhere to the CDC guidelines for priority testing.
Having this highly accurate testing available locally significantly reduces the wait time for patients to receive their results. With an expected same-day turnaround time for results, patients will benefit from swift and proper treatment.
Click here, to learn how Lima Memorial partnered with Ohio Northern University to bring PCR molecular testing to the greater Lima Region.
Lima Memorial leads the way for our community in testing capabilities related to COVID-19. We now offer antibody testing for COVID-19 (SARS Coronavirus 2 IgG Antibody testing). This testing capability is the next fundamental step in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 antibody testing is used to identify the presence of an immune response to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
SARS-Cov-2 is a novel virus. The hope with antibody testing is that the test will help health officials better understand how widespread the virus is. It also allows them to identify which personal characteristics and environmental factors appear to play a role in how severely the virus affects particular groups of people or populations. It may also be helpful, even reassuring, for people to know if they have been infected and are now possibly immune.
The test requires a blood sample, which can be taken as a normal outpatient lab draw at Lima Memorial Outpatient Laboratory, 1001 Bellefontaine Avenue, Lima, OH 45804.
The test is recommended for individuals who are at least 10 days post-symptom onset or have had exposure to individuals with confirmed COVID-19. It is not a test used to diagnose active or recent infection.
Another benefit of antibody testing is being able to identify candidates who could donate plasma that could be used to treat others with more severe illness. The American Red Cross is currently working hard to determine the process for donation of plasma. Visit redcrossblood.org for more information.
This test is covered by most insurances with a physician’s order.
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, for a self-pay cost of just $97 with a credit or debit card. Direct testing is available only at Lincoln Medical Center 1251 Lincoln Avenue, Suite. 4, Wapakoneta, OH 45895.
The IgG antibody test, also called a serology test, was made available through Lima Memorial Health System’s relationship with the Mayo Clinic Laboratories and is considered highly reliable.
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.