Coronavirus: What CVHC is doing and What You Can do to Slow the Spread
COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation that requires increased planning and effort from all members of our communities. “Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics have taken every precaution during this time to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our employees, patients, and the community safe and healthy,” says Dr. Kelly McGrath, Chief Medical Officer, CVHC. “You can expect to see a few changes when entering any of our facilities and the major one is access limited to a single point of entry. At Clearwater Valley Hospital we ask that you use the Emergency Department entrance. We also have a tent set up for additional screening capabilities. At Orofino Heath Center please use the main entrance. This will help us manage our screening processes and ensure we keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible,” explains McGrath.
“When you visit one of our clinics, you can expect to be screened prior to, or upon entering, the reception or patient areas. For the safety of our community, staff and other patients, we encourage you to stay home if you are experiencing mild symptoms. Since there are vulnerable patients being seen at the clinic, Emergency Department and hospital, it is best to not place them at risk if you have mild symptoms,” says McGrath.
At this time CVHC is asking anyone who believes they may have the virus to CALL the clinic or hospital before coming in to get directions regarding next steps. “If you do come to the clinic or hospital, you will be screened for symptoms. If appropriate, you will be given the option to wait in your vehicle. If you are accompanying a patient who potentially has the virus, to keep others safe, you may also be screened at the time of the visit,” explains McGrath.
“Even if you are not experiencing symptoms, it doesn’t mean you do not have the virus,” says McGrath. “Therefore it’s possible to spread the virus to those more vulnerable without even knowing it. The best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home. Avoid gatherings of people 10 or more people and do not congregate together with groups.”
The CDC also recommends frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or use of hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, social distancing, staying home if you are sick, covering coughs and sneezes with elbow or a tissue (immediately disposed of) and cleaning frequently touched spaces.
“One place you do not have to avoid is our beautiful great outdoors,” says McGrath. “With the improving weather, we encourage everyone to get outside and take advantage of it…just not in groups! It will not only improve your health, it will help keep us all much happier and sane through this stressful time. Please stay safe and healthy and remember that we are here if and when you need us.”