COVID-19 Update for March 16, 2020
The Hospital’s Incident Management Team Is Frequently Meeting to
Ensure the Safety of Our Staff, Patients, and Community.
the CDC, currently there are no medications to treat, or vaccines to prevent,
COVID-19; therefore, we are working diligently to ensure the following:
- Every patient receives the appropriate level of medical care
- We are protecting our staff and non-COVID-19 patients from the virus
- We are prepared for a potential surge in patients with respiratory infection
- We have adequate personal protective equipment and staff based on demand
Also, we are performing enhanced environmental cleaning throughout the
hospital. Patient waiting areas have designated locations for patients
with respiratory symptoms, so they are not waiting amongst other patients
Communications are regularly occurring to ensure that hospital staff and
members of the Bitterroot community are well informed about COVID-19 and
how Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital is responding to our community's needs.
On Saturday, March 14th at 8:00 AM
On Tuesday, March 17th at 7:30 AM
At the Main Hospital Entrance, Emergency Department, and the Bitterroot
Physician Clinic, you will be greeted by a member of our Patient Access
Team. They will ask you the following questions to evaluate for the risk
of COVID-19 and to wear a mask if appropriate:
1. Have you experienced signs or symptoms of respiratory infection in the
two weeks, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?
2. Have you come in contact or traveled to any confirmed COVID-19 area?
Currently, we have been receiving numerous calls from community members
who are otherwise healthy but who have mild "flu-like" symptoms,
seeking reassurance concerning their health and asking about
COVID-19 testing. Please review the
CDC guidelines for COVID-19 testing, Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital follows these guidelines.
If you have any further questions, please see the resources below. At this
time, the number of calls to the hospital and its emergency department
is distracting from patient care. For continuing COVID-19 updates, please
COVID-19 Preparations page or our
Controlling the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort. Please
do your part by practicing social distancing, covering your nose and mouth when you
cough or sneeze, wash your hands often with soap and water, especially
after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective,
avoid close contact with sick people, and stay home when sick.
Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital Incident Management Team