Southwest Washington (Lewis & Thurston Counties)

April 2, 2020 Providence News Team

A Message to our Community

In order to protect the health of our communities, and as a safety precaution to prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19, Providence St. Peter and Providence Centralia hospitals are limiting some services and instituting additional visitor restrictions in accordance with recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Patients and members of the community who wish to contact our facilities with the assistance of a qualified interpreter free of cost may dial 888-429-3464.

 

Entry into Our Facilities

As a safety precaution and to prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19, we are consolidating entrance points at our hospitals.

Open entrances at Providence St. Peter Hospital:

  • Emergency Department entrance (all days, all times)
  • Main entrance (all days, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Open entrances at Providence Centralia Hospital:

  • Emergency Department entrance (all days, all times)

Screening for fever, cough, and flu-like symptoms is in place at each entrance to ensure patients are masked, if needed, and to ensure compliance with the visitor restrictions.

We appreciate your help in keeping our patients, visitors and caregivers safe.

 

Visitor Restrictions

To limit the spread of infectious illnesses, and in accordance with recommendations from the CDC, in-person visits to our hospitals are not allowed. We know the value visitors bring to our patients. At this time, we encourage patients and their families to communicate through phone and video chat. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for the following:

  • Children admitted to the hospital
  • Maternity units
  • Patients receiving end-of-life/palliative care 

For these very limited exceptions, one visitor per patient will be allowed and must be 18 years or older and be immediate family (or powers of attorney, guardians, or patient representative). All visitors will be asked to return home if they exhibit cold or flu-like symptoms or have a fever.

 

Postponement of Patient Appointments & Procedures

Providence St. Peter and Providence Centralia hospitals are limiting some services in accordance with recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • All elective procedures at Providence St. Peter Hospital and Providence Centralia Hospital have been canceled.
  • Most Providence Outpatient Rehabilitation services (occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech language pathology) have been canceled.
  • All outpatient tests have been suspended unless the test is urgent or emergent and the patient has no fevers or respiratory symptoms. Suspended tests include: lab, echo, EKG, DI and sleep. We will be working to notify patients currently scheduled.

Patients should contact their provider office for further instruction.

 

COVID-19 Testing

ATTENTION COMMUNITY: Only patients who fall into symptomatic high-risk category will be tested for COVID-19. Symptomatic high risk patients include those with a fever AND new cough or congestion AND falling into one of the categories below:

  • Older adults
  • Asthma, COPD or other chronic lung disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Diabetes
  • Other immunocompromising condition (i.e. splenectomy, HIV, cancer)
  • Taking an immunocompromising medication (chemo, steroids, etc.)
  • Pregnant or breast feeding
  • Health care workers and first responders (need to bring ID)

Swab collection will only be taken after patient is triaged by nurse and meets the requirements above. Any “worried well” patients who do not fall into the category of a symptomatic high risk patients will be given education on how to monitor symptoms and will not be tested.

The Providence Medical Group - Hawks Prairie clinic, located at 2555 Marvin Road NE in Lacey, is now offering drive thru triage and, if needed, swab collection for COVID-19 testing for symptomatic high risk patients only. Call before coming to the drive-through test site. The hotline phone number is 360-486-6800, weekends 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and weekdays 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Drive-thru hours will be:

  • Weekends 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Weekdays 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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