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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.

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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.

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.

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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. Learn when and how to wash your hands.
  • 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.

 

TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT OTHERS:

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or used the inside of your elbow. 
    • Throw used tissues in the trash.
    • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick.
    • ​If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (eg. sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider's office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
    • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
  • ​Clean AND disinfect.
    • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes table, 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. Learn about cleaning and disinfection recommendations.

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention. www.cdc.gov.

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