St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals & Clinics are working to manage this rapidly evolving situation. Please read.

The North Central Health District has a hotline dedicated to assisting the public. If you have any questions about coronavirus or think you may be displaying symptoms, call 208-748-0400 or 1-866-736-6632.  Please call this number before visiting a physician’s office or emergency department.

Think you may have coronavirus? Here’s what to do.

  • Process for Screening for COVID-19 (as of 3/2/2020)
    • If you have:Fever (greater than 100.4) and lower respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing) and have traveled to affected areas within the previous 14 days or have had close contact with lab-confirmed COVID-19 patient within previous 14 days, please call the North Central Health District hotline at 208-748-0400or 1-866-736-6632.If you believe you have Coronavirus/COVID-19 based on meeting all of these criteria and need emergency care, please call the Emergency Department prior to arrival at (208) 476-4555 in Orofino or 208-962-3251 in Cottonwood. Staff will direct you what to do, which may mean staying in your car until staff can meet you outside.


St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals & Clinics are actively working on preparedness for COVID-19/Coronavirus. The situation is rapidly changing.

Guidelines to the public:

  • Avoid the emergency room unless it’s essential. The emergency room is trying to limit any possible exposure and serve those with critical needs.
  • Stay home if you’re sick – even if symptoms are mild.
  • Practice good personal hygiene habits, including handwashing, coughing into your elbow, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

As of right now, our policy is for NO visitors EXCEPT in the following circumstances:


    Given the current prevalence of COVID-19 in our community, St. Mary’s & Clearwater Valley Hospitals and Clinics are very concerned with limiting exposure to both our patients and staff. Due to limited rapid testing supplies, testing all visitors is not feasible for us at this time. Given all of these factors, we are no longer allowing visitors, with the following exceptions. All other visitors will be restricted at this time. We will revisit this temporary restriction weekly.

    No visitors, except:

    1. One immediate family member per 24 hour period for minors only.
    2. End of life: Two visitors per 24 hour period, after passing screening questions. Must be the same two visitors for the day, but may change daily and may be minors as long as they are able to wear necessary PPE.
    3. Medically necessary caregivers. These need to be reviewed by attending physician and approved on a case by case situation.
    4. Clinic patients will NOT be allowed a visitor at their clinic appointments unless they are a minor, or there is a someone (spouse, partner, caregiver, parent, etc.) that is necessary to the medical decision making for that appointment.

    We will continue to allow a birth partner and support person with our OB patients, but the birth partner, support person and OB patient will get a rapid swab upon admission.

    We understand the hardship this can create, and we do not undertake implementing these restrictions lightly. However, at this time the risk is just too great and we must protect all of our patients, medical staff, and our resources, in order to continue to offer the care that our community deserves. We are deeply grateful for your patience and compassion as we work through these unprecedented times.

We reserve the right to deny access to ANY visitor that appears unhealthy, is displaying symptoms of sickness or is running a fever.

The most up to date information on this rapidly changing situation can be found on the CDC website.

You can also receive Idaho-specific updates at

Important to note about the illness:

  • Most people with COVID-19 will have mild illness
  • Not everyone needs to be tested and testing is not yet widely available
  • We are actively working on plans to care for patients with severe coronavirus
  • High-risk patients for severe coronavirus disease are older and have comorbidities (other health issues)


The state laboratory makes the determination on when to accept samples for testing based on the CDC criteria due to the limited number of test kits currently available.

St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals & Clinics are working closely with the North Central Health District and Kootenai Health on preparedness.

To see the most up to date information for Idaho please visit:

About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Latest Updates on this Outbreak from the CDC
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URGENT UPDATE TO OUR TEMPORARY VISITOR POLICY: Given the current prevalence of COVID-19 in our community, St. Mary's & Clearwater Valley Hospitals and Clinics are very concerned with limiting exposure to both our patients

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This Is Our ShotBy Dr. Rebecca KatzmanThe release of two vaccines against SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19 infection and illness, has been a bright spot in the world’s path to recovery from this pandemic. I got my vaccination the day it was available at Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics, and many of my coworkers did as well. So did doctors and healthcare workers around the country. We see this as one of the most important ways to protect ourselves and our communities. There are two vaccines that have received emergency use authorization from the FDA over the last few weeks, one made by collaboration of the companies Pfizer and BioNTech and one by the biotechnology company Moderna. Both of these vaccines have been rigorously studied and have been shown to be nearly 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 illness and maybe even more effective in preventing serious disease. Each is a series of two shots, spaced 3-4 weeks apart. Safety has been the top priority in the development of these vaccines. The development of these vaccines was not rushed and corners were not cut; widespread multidisciplinary efforts reduced the typical barriers of funding, enrollment, production, and distribution. These vaccines were studied in large group of over 40,000 people. For comparison, newer medications to treat certain types of cancer are often studied in groups of 30-40 people prior to receiving FDA approval. In addition to the studies that have already been completed, people who get vaccinated can answer quick surveys from the Center for Disease Control to help collect more information about possible adverse effects or reactions. The most common adverse event or side effect of vaccination is local injection site irritation, redness, or soreness. About half of people experience fatigue and a smaller percent have some muscle aches or feel feverish for 1-2 days. It is true that nothing is without risk, but the risks of Coronavirus infection and its effect on health, wellbeing, and livelihood are greater. A few other comments about the vaccines – the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is approved for people ages 16 and older, the Moderna vaccine for ages 18 and older. This is because younger children and adolescents were not included in the studies. Pregnant and lactating women were not included in the studies, so the FDA cannot make a statement regarding administration. Both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine support pregnant or lactating women talking to their healthcare providers if they would like to be vaccinated. People who have had COVID-19 may still benefit from getting vaccinated. We do not know if protection will be lifelong or if we will need re-vaccination or booster shots. People who get the vaccine should still adhere to masking and distancing precautions at this time. We do not yet know when we will have the supplies for more widespread community vaccination, but the Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics website is a good resource and we plan to advertise in the paper and on the radio when it is available. What we do know is that widespread vaccination is a key factor to getting back to open businesses and social gatherings and getting away from spending so much time on Zoom or Skype! ... See MoreSee Less

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