Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Updated: May 18, 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, the same has been true. Most people who tested positive for COVID-19 had mild symptoms and were able to recover safely at home. Thankfully, our community has not seen the surge that many were expecting. In fact, we have only treated four (4) COVID-19 positive patients requiring overnight hospitalization to date.
We have are now resuming some elective and non-urgent surgeries and procedures that were previously rescheduled out of an abundance of caution amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Respiratory Infection Clinic
We have designated an area to provide clinical space and a team dedicated for patients with respiratory illness symptoms and/or symptoms or concerns that would be consistent with COVID-19.
If you would like to be seen at our Respiratory Infection Clinic, please contact your Primary Care Physician. If you do not have a primary care physician, call 208.743.8585 to schedule an appointment.
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.
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.
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