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.

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)

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Due to the quickly evolving impact of the COVID-19 virus in our area, we are exercising an abundance of caution and closing our St. Mary's Grangeville, Craigmont, and Nezperce locations as of tomorrow, 4/3/20. These closures will allow us to better focus our critical resources, as well as decrease the risk of staff and patient exposure by limiting locations of activity. If you need to be screened or have other medical needs, please contact our Cottonwood Clinic @ 208-962-3267 to discuss options for your care. Please be assured that we are working hard to meet the needs of our patients and communities in the safest and most efficient manner possible. Please stay home and stay healthy!
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In this rapidly changing and challenging time of social distancing and self-isolation, taking care of our mental health is every bit as important as taking care of our bodies. Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has opened a COVID-19 Behavioral Health Distress Line. Please, if you are feeling worried or anxious and would like to speak with someone, just call. smhcvhc #stayhome #stayhealthy #bodymindspirit ... See MoreSee Less

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St. Mary's Hospital and Clinics received our first confirmed COVID-19 case late in the day on 3/31/20, bringing the confirmed cases in Idaho County to 2. We have been rigorously preparing for this time and we are working closely with Public Health as they follow the mandated protocol for managing the impact for the patient and the community. SMH and CVHC are taking all necessary steps in order to ensure the safety of our staff and our patients. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Idaho Public Health, District 2, or visit them on their website. #smhcvhc #stayhome #stayhealthy ... See MoreSee Less

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COVID-19 UPDATE - 3/31/20:
Increased Safety Measures at SMH/CVHC
“As a result of confirmed communal cases in Idaho County and the school district closures, we are taking increased precautions at St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals & Clinics to protect staff and patients in regards to COVID-19,” says Steve Frei, Director of Ancillary Services, SMH/ CVHC. “Changes that patients may notice include: all staff with patient contact wearing simple procedure masks while at work, all elective surgical procedures are being cancelled, imaging and/or physical therapy or other services will be evaluated by each patient’s primary care provider before scheduling and screening of all patients, vendors and visitors upon entry at any of our locations.”
There will also be temporary closures of medical clinics in Craigmont, Elk City and Nezperce in an effort to streamline patients to main hospital and clinic locations.
“St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals and Clinics are committed to taking excellent care of our community especially during this pandemic,” says Dr. Jenny Johnston, CVHC. “Our doctors and nurses have been undergoing extra training to combat Coronavirus (COVID-19). Doctors and nurses participated in simulations of caring for critically ill patients with respiratory illness. We have also been initiating safety measures within our hospital to efficiently and effectively use our personal protective equipment (PPE).”
“Our dedicated staff has been diligently answering phone calls to guide the community on Coronavirus concerns. If you need specific info regarding COVID-19 you can call any of our main lines and be directed to our COVID-19 hotline,” explains Johnston. “As mentioned above, you may notice our screening of all persons both at the clinic and at the hospital to help identify possible symptoms and guide care safely and swiftly. We are humbled to continue to care for the community and grateful for the support we have received including donations of cloth masks, other Personal Protective Equipment, treats from Ronatta's and other local restaurants, as well as words of encouragement.”
“We are working closely with public health to prevent any community spread. The most important contribution an individual can make in keeping our community and our health care providers safe is home isolation. We understand that staying home during this period of social distancing is a sacrifice; thank you for doing your part in keeping us all healthy and happy,” says Dr. Johnston. “We urge anyone with concerns to reach out to us. We are here for you!”
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