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:

  • Obstetric patients may have one partner and one birth support person accompany them.
    • No children under the age of 16                         
  • Patients who are under the age of 18
    • May have one visitor, or parents or guardians
  • For the Nursery:
    • Birth parent plus one significant other
  • Patients who are at the end-of-life
    • May have 2 visitors

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
There is an ongoing investigation to determine more about this outbreak. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.
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With the rising cases of COVID-19 in our areas we understand that there can be a lot of information, and misinformation, during these rapidly changing times. You can rest assured that our employees are following all of the guidelines set forth by the CDC. Should any employee test positive for COVID-19 they would follow SMH/CVHC protocol and isolate at home. We want to emphasize the safety measures we have taken to keep our facilities safe and encourage our patients to not delay getting the care they need out of fear.
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COVID-19 Update from Dr. Jenny Johnston 7/1/2020:

Clearwater County had one person last week test positive for active COVID-19 infection. The Idaho North Central Public Health District released a statement on June 26, confirming the first positive case in Clearwater County. The public health office has been contacting people that came into contact with this person with active coronavirus.
Coronavirus is a group of viruses that includes SARS and COVID-19. COVID-19 infection causes mild to moderate respiratory illness in most healthy people. Most healthy people recover without any special treatment. However, older people, people with medical problems (such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, or cancer) are more likely to develop severe illness. Some healthy people may also have severe illness if infected with COVID-19.
As I am writing this article, the Centers for Disease Control states there have been almost 2.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the US. Unfortunately, nearly 125,000 people have died.
The world is still learning about COVID-19. Vaccine trials are currently ongoing and are optimistic. Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said last week that he is hopeful a COVID-19 vaccine will be available early next year. Other countries are also working to make a safe and effective vaccine.
The many weeks of worrying about coronavirus have been exhausting, to say the least. The truth is, COVID-19 is not going away any time soon. This is our way of life for now. We are learning to slow down and be more present in our homes. We are learning to care for our neighbors and our communities with selfless acts such as social distancing and mask wearing. We are learning to lean on each other.
Now that our county has a positive COVID-19 case, please remember that you can be tested for COVID-19 at Clearwater Valley Hospital Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Just show up! There are no out of pocket expenses and results should be available within 72 hours. Some symptoms to look for are cough, shortness of breath, fever, loss of taste or smell and/or fatigue. Most people will have symptoms 2-14 days after exposure to COVID-19. However, some people can have the virus and have no symptoms.
Many people have been asking about mask wearing. Please wear a cloth mask (or other face covering like a handkerchief) in public. As annoying as a mask is, wearing a mask can help protect other people from getting COVID-19 from you. Mask wearing only protects us if we all wear one. Wear your mask to the grocery store, hardware store, and other areas with groups to protect your neighbors and yourself. We know that COVID-19 is spread by person to person contact. Mainly from respiratory droplets from an infected person’s coughing, sneezing or talking. These droplets can live on some surfaces for up to 72 hours. A cloth face covering will help prevent virus droplets from spreading to other people. Please note, children under 2 years old should not wear a face covering as this can be unsafe.
Social distancing is also effective in controlling spread of COVID 19. This means staying 6 feet away from other people in crowds. Many businesses have marked spaces 6 feet apart in the check-out area, for example.
Lastly, please wash your hands. Hand washing (20 seconds with soap and warm water or using hand sanitizer) will help remove the virus from your hands if you are exposed. This will slow the spread.
Our clinic and hospital have been very cautious and proactive to keep people safe from potential exposure to COVID-19. We are seeing anyone with potential COVID-19 symptoms in an isolated respiratory clinic located at Clearwater Valley Hospital. Everyone is screened at the hospital doors for COVID-19 and we continue to have a limited visitor policy at the hospital. Please continue your regular care with your provider, your health is a priority and should be treated as such! We are continuing to have all people in our hospital/clinic wearing a mask for safety. It is so important that we do our best to keep each other healthy. Call our clinic at any time for questions, we are here to serve our community!
Clearwater County has been very fortunate to have had only 1 case so far of COVID-19! We can continue to keep our infection rates low and should be proud of the efforts everyone has been making to keep our community safe. As a frontline worker, thank you for doing what you can to keep myself and my family safe. We are lucky to live here!
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Clearwater County has their first positive case of COVID-19. Public Health is doing the appropriate tracing to identify anyone who may have had contact with this individual. You will be notified by Public Health if you are someone who has come into contact with this person and they will provide guidance on next steps. The importance of social distancing (remaining at least 6ft. apart from others in public spaces), hand washing, staying home if sick, wearing face coverings and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces is now more important than ever.
St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals and Clinics want our patients to know that it is still safe to seek medical care in our facilities. Screening of patients and employees is still happening and patients with possible COVID-19 symptoms are kept separate from those with non-respiratory symptoms. Please help us to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community members safe and healthy!
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