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.

Coronavirus/COVID-19

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 circumstances listed in our visitation policy that can be found by following the link below:

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 coronavirus.idaho.gov.

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)

Testing

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: https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/frequently-asked-questions/

About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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Unfortunately, the Community Car Seat Check scheduled for today in Cottonwood has had to be cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience!Community Car Seat Check and Distribution EventAnyone in need of a car or booster seat or is wondering if their car seat is safe and installed correctly, please stop by St. Mary's Health parking lot on Friday, Sept. 24thth, from 2pm - 6pm. Appointments are appreciated but not required. Text or call 208-582-6702 to make an appointment. Nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be on-site. Safe Start, a program of Northwest Infant Survival and SIDS Alliance, received a grant from the Lewis-Cark Valley Healthcare Foundation to provide safe infant sleep and child passenger safety services to those living in and around Cottonwood, Grangeville, Lewiston and Moscow areas. Safe Start’s mission is to ensure every child celebrates their first birthday and beyond free from accidental death and injury. We provide free child health and safety prevention education, car seats, cribs and sleepsacks to anyone living in Idaho or Washington. www.safestartnw.org for more information. Northwest Infant Survival and SIDS Alliance is a non-profit, 501C3. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thinking RockBy Dr. Phil PetersenI formulated my thoughts for this article while sitting on my favorite thinking rock. Everyone should have a thinking rock. A place where they can sit and relax while figuring things out or just enjoy the moment away from the stresses of life. My favorite thinking rock is next to water. A long glide of calm with the water entering from my left through a section of rocks and white water, and exiting around a bend to my right on the way to Dworshak and then to the ocean. I sat on the rock with my bamboo fly rod, a few fish rising in front of me, and the sound of the water all around. My thoughts were not on the river, but on what was happening back at the hospital and what was happening in our community. My thoughts drifted back to a conversation I had with a specialist at one of our referral hospitals. It was about one of their patients, who was sick, complicated, and needed to be transferred for specialty care. The hospital there was full, but he agreed that the patient needed to be there, not at a community hospital. He said he would call the hospital’s transfer center and work something out. But he called about ten minutes later to say there was no way, they couldn’t take care of him. “Phil, we’re living in Covid hell up here. We can’t take care of everybody who needs care. We have no beds—we are putting patients in the halls and in the conference room. We don’t have enough staff, we don’t have enough oxygen.” Then, “Phil, I’m sorry.” I thought about a patient in our hospital with Covid. On high flow oxygen struggling to breathe. The look on his face showed that he had recently realized that he might die from his illness. Had not taken a Covid vaccine. I can’t remember his reason. I think I have heard them all. “I’m just not going to do it.” “They haven’t studied it” (there were over 40,000 patients in the study that got the Pfizer vaccine approved for use.) “The vaccine has killed 8,000 people in the U.S.” (it hasn’t.) “It has a chip to track you” (really?) “Covid is a hoax” (it isn’t.) “You can get Covid after being vaccinated” (Yes, I have seen this as well, but it’s not the usual, and they don’t die.) “It’s just the flu” (its not.) “It’s my personal choice.” It doesn’t really matter what this patient’s thought process was. It doesn’t matter why he was not vaccinated. Only that he was not. It was all the same to the virus. As I was in his negative pressure isolation room I couldn’t help but think that if he had received the vaccine, he would not be here. Period. And the extension of that thought is that if everyone was vaccinated, we would likely no longer be dealing with this pandemic. 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General Johnson and several other National Guardsman visited Clearwater Valley Health today for a tour of our hospital and clinic. We are excited, and very grateful, to have a number of the soldiers remain on-site at both Clearwater Valley Health and St. Mary’s Health taking on some non-clinical duties to free up our staff, who have been stretched very thin during the latest surge of COVID-19, for patient care. ... See MoreSee Less

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Just a reminder that the Community Car Seat Check Event will take place this Friday, September 24th, from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm in the St. Mary's Health parking lot! If you know someone who could benefit by by attending the event, please share this information!Community Car Seat Check and Distribution EventAnyone in need of a car or booster seat or is wondering if their car seat is safe and installed correctly, please stop by St. Mary's Health parking lot on Friday, Sept. 24thth, from 2pm - 6pm. Appointments are appreciated but not required. Text or call 208-582-6702 to make an appointment. Nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be on-site. Safe Start, a program of Northwest Infant Survival and SIDS Alliance, received a grant from the Lewis-Cark Valley Healthcare Foundation to provide safe infant sleep and child passenger safety services to those living in and around Cottonwood, Grangeville, Lewiston and Moscow areas. Safe Start’s mission is to ensure every child celebrates their first birthday and beyond free from accidental death and injury. We provide free child health and safety prevention education, car seats, cribs and sleepsacks to anyone living in Idaho or Washington. www.safestartnw.org for more information. Northwest Infant Survival and SIDS Alliance is a non-profit, 501C3. ... See MoreSee Less

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