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COVID-19 Testing Expanded

10-Apr-2020

In accordance with recommendations from Plumas County’s Public Health Officer Mark Satterfield MD, Plumas District Hospital today is expanding COVID-19 testing.  According to Satterfield, there is evidence that 25% or more of infected people have minimal or no symptoms. In general, testing criteria varies per individual circumstances, requiring screening by a physician.  All COVID-19 tests will be reported to and tracked by Plumas County Public Health Agency.

A physician order is required to obtain COVID-19 testing.Established patients should call your primary care provider if you believe you are sick with COVID-19.

What to do - CALL FIRST!

If you are showing any sign of possible COVID-19 symptoms, do not come into a clinic or hospital.  Testing is limited to a drive-up process allowing healthcare staff to perform the testing outside the hospital and clinic facilities, limiting potential contact with staff and other patients.  Contact us first at 530-283-5640.You will be directed to the COVID-19 Nurse Line.

Steps to obtain COVID-19 testing appointment are as follows:

     1.Patient calls 283-5640 during regular office hours and asks for COVID-19 Nurse Line.

     2.Patient undergoes a phone triage process by a qualified and trained registered nurse.

     3.Patients who meet new testing criteria will be transferred to a staff physician who will determine if testing is appropriate.

     4. Physician will order necessary tests.

     5. Patient will be directed to our testing site.

     6. Patients must remain in their private vehicle during COVID-19 testing.

     7. Patients will return home with instructions to maintain quarantine.

     8. Physician office will call patient with results within days.

What about other health care needs?

Plumas District Hospital continues to provide services. Our rural health clinics are open daily, to care for patients who have acute care needs, such as illnesses, injuries or required monitoring.In addition, the emergency room is open 24/7. When possible, we do encourage patients to use one of the following options for care that does not require a visit:

HealtheLife Patient Portal - Message your care team through your HealtheLife patient portal account. Click here for full details, including a self-enrollment option at http://www.pdh.org/patients/healthlife.

Video Visits launched earlier this week.Video Visits are accessed through the hospital’s HealtheLife patient portal. The Video Visit allows patients to “see” their healthcare provider using a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Next time you need an appointment be sure to ask if a Video Visit is right for you.

Visitor restrictions remain in place to protect our patients and staff while there is a threat of COVID-19 transmission.

It is important to continue to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by adhering to the following practices:

     1. Practice physical distancing.

     2. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 second.

     3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

     4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw the tissue in the trash.

     5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces including door knobs and cell phones.

     6. Avoid unnecessary travel, except to get medical care or necessary supplies

Resources:

Guidance on Interpreting COVID - 19 Test Results

Test for Past Infection (Antibody Test)

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