COVID-19 Update for March 16, 2020

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.


Per 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 seeking care.

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

The hospital enacted temporary visitor restriction to help reduce the potential exposure and transmission of COVID-19. Please visit our dedicated COVID-19 Preparations page or our Facebook page for details. At this time, all services remain open and will continue to see patients as scheduled.


On Tuesday, March 17th at 7:30 AM

The hospital is limiting the number of entrances into the main facility. Patients and visitors will come through one of the following openings: Hospital Main Entrance, Bitterroot Physicians Clinic, or the Emergency Department.

Rehabilitation, Sleep, Surgery, and Rocky Mountain Neurosurgery patients can access these services through their respective main entrances during regular business hours, and staff will ask you to mask if you are symptomatic.

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 visit our COVID-19 Preparations page or our Facebook page.

COVID-19 Resources


Websites
Phone Numbers

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.

Sincerely,

Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital Incident Management Team

Please Visit Our Dedicated COVID-19 Page for Continuing Updates and Information About Our Preparations

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