COVID-19


MVH's Commitment to Your Safe Care

While some community restrictions have been lifted as Washington County moved from red to yellow, Monongahela Valley Hospital always follows protocols and practices to keep our patients, visitors and employees safe. MVH is one of the safest places in our community. Since the day we opened our doors, our staff has been treating people with contagious illnesses. If you were not afraid to seek care from us before the pandemic, you should not be fearful now. You can visit with the confidence that we are keeping you and your loved ones safe.


Hospital Visitation

For the health and safety of our patients, only one visitor per patient will be permitted in the hospital at one time. Visitors must stop at the Welcome Desk in the Lobby to have their temperature taken and to receive a pass to visit the patient. When the visitor leaves the hospital, the pass is to be returned to Welcome Desk. Once the pass is returned, another person may visit the patient. Due to social distancing, visitors are not permitted to wait in the Lobby, corridors or Gift Shop.

Visiting Hours are as follows:
  • Medical/Surgical Units - 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Intensive Care Units - 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Behavioral Health - Mon, Wed. and Thurs. from 6 to 7 p.m.; Tues., Sat. and Sun. from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.

Visitors must be 18+ years old.

All visitors are required to wear masks during their entire visit.

Any visitor who shows signs of illness will be asked to kindly leave for the safety of others.


What to do if you are feeling ill

Anyone who is experiencing flulike signs or symptoms should contact their primary care physician (PCP). If you do not have a primary care physician (PCP), please call the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) at 877-PA HEALTH (1-877-724-3258).

Please do not go to the hospital without contacting your PCP or PADOH first, unless you are in severe respiratory distress. If that is the case, please contact your hospital first before going there.
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COVID-19 Testing Costs

A physician order is required to have testing completed. For patients with insurance, their insurance carrier will be billed. For self-pay patients, the current cash price is $70.50.


MVH Onsite COVID-19 Testing

Monongahela Valley Hospital Is Performing Onsite COVID-19 Testing Using the Cepheid Xpert Express SARS-CoV 2 Tests

The Cepheid Xpert Express SARS-CoV-2 tests have not been FDA cleared or approved.

Under an Emergency Use Authorization, the FDA permits these tests to be performed by authorized laboratories.

These tests have been authorized only for the detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens.

These tests are only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of in vitro diagnostic tests for detection and/or diagnosis of COVID-19 under Section 564(b)(1) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. ยง 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner.


The Best Practices for Wearing a Face Mask

  • Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • The mask should fit snugly around the mouth and nose. If the mask has a metal wire it should be fitted snuggly to the bridge of the nose.
  • Avoid touching the mask while using it. If you do touch it, wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • To remove the mask: remove it from behind, do not touch the front of mask.
  • Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their cloth face covering and immediately wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds after removing the mask.
  • The mask should not be worn damp or when wet from spit or mucus.
  • Fabric masks should be washed based on the frequency of use; wash daily at a minimum. The mask may be cleaned in the washing machine on the hot setting.


Coronavirus Screening Questions

It is important to get a proper diagnosis as early as possible. A proper history and physical examination by the physician along with corroboration of the diagnoses with certain tests is helpful. Commonly used tests are:
  • Have you had any of these symptoms in the past 14 days:
    • Fever of 100.4 or higher
    • Cough
    • Difficulty breathing
  • Have you traveled outside of the United States in the last 14 days?
  • Have you had any contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19 or a person under investigation?
If they answer "yes" to any of these questions, they cannot enter the hospital.


Facts About COVID-19

How to protect yourself against COVID-19


How to Get Tested for COVID-19 (pdf)

General COVID-19 FAQs (pdf)

Is it Safe to Schedule my Medical Imaging? (pdf)

COVID-19 and Treatment Drugs FAQs (pdf)

A Message from Washington County (pdf)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information - CDC Web Site