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Coronavirus (COVID-19) News and Updates

Please be assured that Valley Hospice is working diligently to ensure the safety of our patients, families, volunteers and staff during the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are closely monitoring information being provided by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure that we are implementing the most up-to-date recommendations for screening procedures and delivery of care during this rapidly evolving outbreak.

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Care Center Visitation Policy Changes Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The mission of Valley Hospice is to celebrate the lives of those we have the privilege of serving by providing superior care and superior services to each patient and family. After careful consideration of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, we have implemented an updated visitor policy and guidelines to protect our patients, families, volunteers and staff. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Valley Hospice Liza's Place Care Center South

Upon arrival to a Valley Hospice Care Center, a Valley Hospice staff member will take your temperature and you will be asked to sign in on our sign-in sheet.

  1. You will be asked to answer “yes” or “no” to these questions:
    ~ Have you had close contact with someone known to have COVID-19 illness?
    ~ Do you have a cough and/or shortness of breath?
  2. Those who meet the established criteria will be given the patient’s room number and a “visitor badge,” which indicates you have permission to be in the building and have been screened. A new badge MUST be obtained each day.
  3. You must comply with these additional requirements (for the duration of the visit).
    ~ Remain in the patient’s room until leaving the building.
    ~ Utilize the patient’s restroom.
    ~ Wash your hands, or use hand sanitizer, frequently.
    ~ Common areas are shut down and not to be accessed.
  4. If you begin to feel ill or develop a temperature of 100 degrees or higher while visiting, you will be given a standard medical mask to put on and will be asked to leave the building.
  5. We are currently limiting the number of visitors to one, per patient, per day, GIP. No visitors are permitted for residential patients at this time. Visiting hours are limited to 12pm-8pm. Any exception to either of these restrictions must be approved. We reserve the right to implement further restrictions as directed by the DHHR and the CDC.

Valley Hospice Mary Jane Brooks Care Center North

Upon arrival to a Valley Hospice Care Center, a Valley Hospice staff member will take your temperature and you will be asked to sign in on our sign-in sheet.

  1. You will be asked to answer “yes” or “no” to these questions:
    ~ Have you had close contact with someone known to have COVID-19 illness?
    ~ Do you have a cough and/or shortness of breath?
  2. Those who meet the established criteria will be given the patient’s room number and a “visitor badge,” which indicates you have permission to be in the building and have been screened. A new badge MUST be obtained each day.
  3. You must comply with these additional requirements (for the duration of the visit).
    ~ Remain in the patient’s room until leaving the building.
    ~ Wash your hands, or use hand sanitizer, frequently.
    ~ Common areas are shut down and not to be accessed.
  4. If you begin to feel ill or develop a temperature of 100 degrees or higher while visiting, you will be given a standard medical mask to put on and will be asked to leave the building.
  5. We are currently limiting the number of visitors to one, per patient, per day, GIP. No visitors are permitted for residential patients at this time. Visiting hours are limited to 12pm-8pm. Any exception to either of these restrictions must be approved. We reserve the right to implement further restrictions as directed by ODH and the CDC.

Again, we appreciate your support and understanding. The safety of our patients, families, staff and volunteers is our top priority. Please ask to speak with a team member if you have any questions or concerns.


How COVID-19 Spreads and Prevention Tips

There is much to learn about the newly emerged COVID-19, including how easily it spreads. Based on what is currently known about COVID-19 and what is known about other coronaviruses, spread is though to occur mostly by respiratory droplets. This is the same way the influenza virus and viruses that cause the common cold (rhinovirus, coronavirus, parainfluenza virus, respiratory syncytial virus, adenovirus and enterovirus) spread.

Contact With the Virus Can Occur By:

  • Being within 6 feet of an individual with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time.
  • Having direct or indirect contact with infectious secretions from an individual with COVID-19 (infectious secretions may include respiratory droplets, sputum, serum, blood and stool). This means touching the secretions and then touching your face, eyes, nose, mouth or eating before washing your hands.

Take Steps to Protect Yourself:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance (6 feet) between yourself and other people.

Take Steps to Protect Others:

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface. If you do not have a household disinfectant use diluted bleach solution: 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water.

Information courtesy of https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html


Handmade Masks

Many groups and individuals from the community have generously offered to help assist in our preparedness efforts by sewing cloth masks. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not suggest cloth material as a first-line defense against COVID-19, cloth masks work well for other conditions and can help conserve reserves of N-95 respirator masks.

A group of healthcare specialists, specific to hospice, came up with what mask would work best for our particular type of care. The instructions are below.

Donations can be dropped off between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at:

Valley Hospice Liza's Place Care Center South, 308 Mount St. Joseph Rd., Wheeling ,WV            

Valley Hospice Central Administrative Office, 10686 State Route 150, Rayland, OH

The health and safety of our patients, families and staff is our top priority. We greatly appreciate all of the support and generosity we are receiving from the community as we fight the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have any questions, please call us at 740-859-5650.

Masks Mask

Caring For a COVID-19 Patient at Home

Caring For a COVID Patient at Home


Valley Hospice Employees Donate to Local Charities

Valley Hospice Employees Donate to Local Charities

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many charities wondering how they will make ends meet. Valley Hospice is proud to announce that they recently presented ten local charitable organizations with donations as a part of their Together We Can initiative. The donations totaled $5,000 and were a result of their employee jeans day contributions.

“Valley Hospice employees are committed to giving back to the communities we serve and live in,” said Cynthia Bougher, CEO. “As a non-profit organization, we know first-hand the impact that COVID-19 has had and want to do our part to help.”

Valley Hospice employees are permitted to wear jeans one day per week but must pay $1 each time they do so. That money is then put in a “Jeans Day Fund” and earmarked for community support.

“Our employees are incredibly generous and community-minded,” said Bougher. “Earlier this year, employees were given the opportunity to nominate charities to receive donations and ten were selected.”

Charities that received funding include: United Way of Weirton, Weirton; United Way of Jefferson County, Steubenville; United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley, Wheeling; Community Bread Basket, Weirton; Salvation Army, Wheeling; Youth Services System, Wheeling; Harrison County Cancer Crusaders, Cadiz; Community Resource Center, East Liverpool; Feeding Body and Soul Community Kitchen, Moundsville; and the Special Wish Foundation, St. Clairsville.

United Way of Weirton United Way of Jefferson County United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley Community Bread Basket Salvation Army
United Way of Weirton United Way of Jefferson County United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley Community Bread Basket Salvation Army, Wheeling
Youth Services System Harrison County Cancer Crusaders Community Resource Center Feeding Body & Soul Community Kitchen Special Wish Foundation
Youth Services System Harrison County Cancer Cruseders Community Resource Center Feeding Body & Soul Community Kitchen Special Wish Foundation

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