Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Public Update
April 02, 2020
- Sam Skinner, Marketing & Communications
- 208.750.7377 office
LEWISTON, IDAHO – St. Joseph Regional Medical Center is committed to protecting the health and safety of everyone who walks through our doors. We can confirm that we have treated a patient who tested positive with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our hospital. The patient is now self-isolating and recovering at home.
Our team quickly followed all procedures for placing the patient in appropriate isolation, and the care team utilized the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to help prevent exposure. We are continuing to work closely with the Public Health – Idaho North Central District Health and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the safety of our patients, clinical team that cared for this individual and all those within our facility.
We have been preparing for the potential of COVID-19 in our community, building upon the robust emergency operations plan we have in place year-round. Previously, we shared that we implemented strict visitor restrictions, moving to a zero-visitor protocol, adn limited entry points to the hospital. (Exceptions to this visitor protocol may include pediatric patients, obstetric patients and those receiving end-of-life care.) Per CDC guidlines, everyone entering our facility is screened for respiratory symptoms and travel history.
Our hospital is prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond. We want to reassure our communities that it is safe to come to our hospital or outpatient clinics should you or your family need care. We stand ready to serve you.
St. Joe’s has a web page dedicated to COVID-19 on our website at sjrmc.org.