Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Updated: Dec. 7, 2020
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).
The CDC has reported that most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. At, St. Joseph, most people who tested positive for COVID-19 had mild symptoms and were able to recover safely at home.
However, the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise rapidly across the country, and the same is true here at home in the LC Valley and surrounding communities. In fact, COVID-19-related hospitalizations have reached an all-time high across Idaho since this public health crisis began.
New COVID-19 Updates
St. Joe's has established a new update to share information with the public related to COVID-19 including the status of hospital operations and the safety measures being taken to protect our patients, staff and community.
COVID-19 Online Risk Assessment
To help support the health of our community, we are providing access to an online COVID-19 risk assessment developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This tool does NOT provide a diagnosis, and it should NOT be used as a substitute for an assessment made by a healthcare provider.
Keeping our Patients Safe During COVID-19
We have added protective measures to ensure that our hospital and clinics are always safe for you and your loved ones when you need care. Your experience in our facility may look a little different than in the past, but this is because we have new processes and procedures in place to further protect your health. (Questions? Check Frequently Asked Questions.)
At St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, our top priority is safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our patients, providers, employees and community. We continue to closely monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community and follow state and federal guidance as we adapt our operations to safely care for and support our patients.
As the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve in our community, so does our hospital’s response.
We have implemented a zero-visitor* protocol. Only patients receiving medical care (and their attendant who are actively managing healthcare decision on behalf of the patient or providing a provider-recommended level of support) will be permitted at this time.
*Exceptions to the zero-visitor policy include a guardian for a pediatric patient, one support person for obstetric (OB) patients and immediate family of those receiving end-of life care.
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.
Entering the Hospital
We have limited entry points into the hospital and screening everyone – employees, providers, patients and the limited permissible visitors currently allowed – who enters the building. The following provides additional details 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 and will also have their temperature checked. Based on the screening, visitors may be asked to speak further with someone, or come back at a later date. Screening will occur upon every entry.
Wear a Mask: Everyone entering the facility will be required to wear a mask. Masks will be provided if you don't already have one.
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.
Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation as we work to maintain a safe environment for our patients and team.
- COVID-19 Update from St. Joseph Regional Medical Center (Dec. 7)
- Keeping the Happy in Your Holiday: Making the Most of This Year’s Challenging Season (Dec. 5)
- Hospital Statement: Update on COVID-19 in Our Community (Nov. 17)
- Celebrating Safely: Ho to keep you, your family and your community health this holiday season (Nov. 15)
- Taking Care of Your Mental Health During COVID-19 (May 28)
- Childbirth and COVID-19: Keeping Expecting Mothers and Newborns Safe at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center (May 21)
- St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Eases Visitor Restrictions (May 19)
- Keeping our patients safe during COVID-19: How isolation treatment works in managing infectious diseases (May 15)
- St. Joseph Regional Medical Center to Resume Elective and Non-Urgent Surgeries and Procedures (Apr. 29)
- St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Clinics Launch Telemedicine Services (Apr. 28)
Quick links to additional resources:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Public Health Idaho North Central District
- Idaho Official Resource for the COVID-19
- Washington State Department of Health
- Idaho Hospital Association
- 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