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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PREPARATIONS

19-Mar-2020

 

Our community is understandably concerned about the spread of COVID-19 disease. Plumas District Hospital is prepared to care for patients arriving with respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and any other medical needs.

It’s important to note that there are no confirmed cases in Plumas County. That doesn’t mean there is no risk, which is why we are working closely with Plumas County Public Health Department, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to coordinate a response and contain the spread of the virus if it arrives in our community.

Plumas District Hospital is actively working on our preparedness.

We have initiated our Hospital Incident Command Structure which is meeting daily to effectively manage our communications, logistics and planning efforts.

We’ve begun controlling access to our facilities ensuring the safety of our patients and employees. We will have an employee stationed at the entrance of the emergency department requiring individuals to sanitize their hands, as well as put a mask on if they show up with a fever, cough, or cold symptoms. Those who are visitors, and not patients seeking care, may be asked to leave.

We are actively working to reduce, restrict or defer elective physician office visits, elective lab tests, x-rays and other imaging, and surgeries. We are doing this with your health and safety in mind, so our team can focus on ill patients. We’d like to minimize the population that is generally well from coming to the hospital in an effort to limit exposure.

Please expect to see signage at the front of each of our physician offices with important instructions if you are feeling ill.

We are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution and with the goal of being proactive in the protection of our community.As the situation with COVID-19 changes rapidly, our response will also evolve.As always, your safety and is our most important priority.

We know you continue to have many questions; public health is an excellent resource.Up to date information can be found here:

Plumas County Public Health Agency

California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The best way for all of us to prevent the spread of the new virus is the same as we prevent influenza and other viruses. Wash your hands, cover your coughs and stay home when you’re ill.

To stay informed about what we are doing at Plumas District Hospital follow us on Facebook and check out our website.

Sincerely,

JoDee Read, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Plumas District Hospital


Latest Updates: March 19, 2020

Elective Surgery

In accordance with recommendations from the U.S. Surgeon General and the American College of Surgeons, Plumas District Hospital has decided to postpone surgeries considered to be elective to a later date.

This temporary measure will allow Plumas District Hospital's surgeons and staff to enact the emergency preparedness plans they have been developing to create additional capacity for inpatients and to continue to deliver high quality care during the a potential surge in COVID-19 cases in Plumas County.

The new guidelines do NOT apply to EMERGENCY surgeries performed here.

Visitor Restrictions

Public entrance into the hospital is limited to the South Hall (Emergency Department) entrance at this time.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is evolving daily and to keep you, our patients safe and the community safe, we request that you do not make unnecessary visits to the Plumas District Hospital campus at this time.

While we understand that visits from family, friends and loved ones is important to the healing of our inpatients, to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Plumas District Hospital will not be accepting visitors. If your family member or friend is hospitalized, we encourage you to telephone them by dialing 530-283-2121 and asking for them by name or room number.

Certain exceptions apply to the following:

Patients in end-of-life situations (limit 2)

Birth of baby. One partner and one birth support person for labor & delivery (limit 2)

Minors (under 18). One parent/guardian (limit 1)

Outpatient procedure/surgery or to assist with ambulation (limit 1)

If there are extenuating circumstances, we will be compassionate in granting exceptions. All visitors must pass a respiratory illness screening.

Medical Records Requests

Please follow this process to request copies of your medical records. Medical records may be accessed through your HealtheLife patient portal as well.

 




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