Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Updated: Mar. 30, 1 p.m.
St. Joseph Regional Medical Center is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, volunteers and visitors. We are continuing to work closely with Public Health - Idaho North Central District and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure our hospital is prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond should anyone in our community contract or be exposed to the novel coronavirus (COVID–19).
As the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve, so does our hospital’s response. In addition to measures we’ve taken including restricting visitors, closing common areas, and adhering diligently to Public Health – North Idaho District and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, St. Joe’s is taking more precautionary steps to help ensure the safety of everyone at our facility.
We have limited entry points points to the hospital and screening everyone – employees, providers, patients and the limited permissible visitors currently allowed – who enters the building. The following provides additional detail about both safety measures:
Limited Entry Point: Until otherwise notified, everyone entering the facility should come through our north entrance. This entrance is open 24 hours a day. All other entry points will be closed until further notice.
Screening Process: All patients, visitors and staff entering the facility will be screened with questions regarding respiratory symptoms and travel history, per CDC recommendations. Patients with symptoms will immediately be provided masks and managed per CDC guidelines. Based on the screening, visitors may also be asked to take their temperature, speak further with someone, or come back at a later date. Screening will occur upon every entry.
We know that these increased precautions may seem concerning. We do not want to cause alarm – but we do want to send a clear message to our community that we are prepared, responding appropriately and are committed to protecting the well-being of our patients, visitors, employees and community.
These increased safety measures do NOT mean that you cannot access the hospital, our clinics or your providers. Please seek medical care as needed. And, if you are concerned you may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, call your provider in advance of going to his or her office.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room.
St. Joe’s values the trust our community places in us, and we appreciate your understanding as we shift our visitation policies during this time.
laces in us, and we appreciate your understanding as we shift our visitation policies during this time.
For more information on COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov.
The Public Health - Idaho North Central District has established a Coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline: 866-736-6632.
Quick links to additional resources:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Public Health Idaho North Central District
- Washington State Department of Health
- Idaho Hospital Association
- Idaho Official Resource for the COVID-19
- Washington State Official COVID-19 Website
- Learn when and how to wash your hands
- Learn what to do if you are sick
- Learn about cleaning and disinfection recommendations