Genesis Makes Changes Amidst Covid Pandemic

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The latest surge in Covid-19 cases across the region has resulted in some changes to the way things will be done at Genesis Hospital in Zanesville.

Officials announced that given the amount of Covid patients at the hospital, they will be unable to treat all patients who walk through the doors.

The hospital will have providers out front assessing people as the arrive and if their condition is not deemed “emergency” then those seeking care will have to turn to other health providers in the area, as the wait at the hospital would take hours.

“You will be triaged. You will be seen by a nurse and/or a physician very quickly. The answer just may not be we’re taking you back to the Emergency Department to provide care in the hospital. It may be to go to X-Y-Z location to receive the care in an appropriate fashion,” explained Dr. Rob Beight medical director of the Genesis Emergency Department.

“If you need to be tested, please do not come to the Emergency Department,” added CEO of Genesis Healthcare System Matt Perry. “That is why we have a First Care System.”

Genesis reports that most of the incoming cases are of the Omicron variant.

Nichole Hannahs
Nichole is WHIZ’s News Director/Anchor. She joined the WHIZ family while attending high school at Bishop Rosecrans, before taking a full-time position in 2005. Nichole is no stranger to the area. She grew up in Corning, Ohio and and graduated from Waynesburg College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications emphasizing in Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information and Journalism.When not at work Nichole enjoys watching St. Louis Blues hockey, enjoying time with family, spending time outdoors and reading.If Nichole wasn't in broadcasting she'd probably have become a teacher.Nichole is married to a fellow sports fan Brandon. They have two sons Cameron and Xavier.