COVID-19 UPDATES


July 15, 2020

This is a COVID-19 update from Aaron Edwards, CEO, Ferry County Health.

Testing Data as of July 15, 2020 @ 5:45 am for Ferry County Health.

(Other organizations are testing within Ferry County and results can be found on the Northeast Tri-County Health (NETCHD) website for complete county data).

  • 4 Positives (1 patient has recovered)
  • 212 Negative
  • 4 Pending Tests

The two new cases reported are local and related. No further details are available at this time. Please see NETCHD press releases for information on other area COVID information.

Please note for the safety of our community and staff, an area has been designated to see and treat respiratory illnesses so our regular clinic can focus solely on non-COVID issues. Again, our clinic, lab, emergency department, hospital, rehab and radiology departments are open and are working hard to provide safe options to accommodate our community! We urge patients not to put off routine care.

Please note that you will be asked to mask before entering our facility for the safety of our patients, staff, and especially the vulnerable residents that make our facility their home.

I emphatically ask that you be respectful of our staff regarding this state mandate. We will not tolerate aggressive or abusive behavior towards our staff or other patients. This is a state mandate which our employees are required to enforce and they do not deserve to be an outlet for frustration over this issue!

Again, we are committed to your safety and the safety of our staff. This policy is not intended to make anyone uncomfortable. We are confident the use of masking, along with good hygiene, and social distancing does help to curb the spread of viruses such as COVID-19. If you have a valid medical reason for being unable to wear a mask, please call our facility before your visit to work out reasonable accommodations (Emergency Department is excluded – please do not delay emergency care).


Please note that for the safety of our Klondike Hills residents, Long Term Care residents and staff, visitors to Klondike Hills, our Hospital, and Long Term Care unit will continue to be limited (call ahead with questions). If possible , when visiting our Emergency Department, clinic or rehab department, we ask only the person seeking treatment come inside the facility.
Respectfully,


Aaron Edwards, MHPA
Superintendent and CEO, Ferry County Health


CLOTH FACE COVERINGS & MASKS FAQ

1. How do cloth face coverings work to prevent spread of COVID-19?
Cloth face coverings can reduce the release of virus particles into the air when a person with COVID-19 speaks, coughs, or sneezes. You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a cloth face covering, even if you don’t think you have COVID-19. Cloth face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing, washing hands, and staying home when ill, but they may be helpful when combined with these actions.

2. How do we know face coverings are effective?
Before the pandemic, there was not much research about the benefit of wearing cloth face coverings to prevent COVID-19. Some researchers compared countries that promoted face coverings as part of their early response to countries, like the US, that did not. The countries that promoted face coverings ended up with fewer cases than the countries that did not. Research i s continuing and we are still learning more, but we now know that COVID-19 can be spread by people who do not know they have it. The virus that causes COVID-19 is likely spread by droplets you exhale as you breathe, as well as when you talk, sing, cough or sneeze. If you wear a face covering, you will help keep those droplets to yourself.

3. Where does the statewide face covering requirement apply?
a) In indoor public settings, including: I. Inside any building, including any business open to the public; II. In healthcare settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office veterinary clinic or blood bank; and Ill. While in line to enter one of the above, or while waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride­ sharing vehicle.b) In outdoor public settings, including public parks, trails, streets, and recreation areas, when six feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained between individuals who do not share a household.

4. Why did Washington state issue a mandate rather than rely on voluntary compliance for face coverings?
Starting in April, the CDC and DOH recommended cloth face coverings to help control the spread of respiratory droplets and the virus. While some people voluntarily adopted face coverings, many in Washington did not. This mandate recognized the importance of cloth face coverings as a key strategy to reduce transmission of COVID-19, especially as we continue to reopen our economy and return to public life.

5. Are there exemptions to who has to wear a face covering?
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NoveiCoronavirus0utbreak2020COVID19/ResourcesandRecommendations/ClothFaceCoveringsandMasks/CiothFaceCoveringsandMasksFAQ

6. Are there times I can remove my face covering?
Yes. You can take off your face covering to eat, drink, or communicate with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing.

7. When do I not have to wear a face covering?
You do not need to wear a cloth covering when you are in your own home or in your car, if you are only with people in your own household. You also do not need to wear a cloth face covering when you are exercising outdoors and you have plenty of space. It’s a good idea to keep one in your pocket, though, in case you come across other people you can’t stay six feet away from. And some people may have health conditions or circumstances that make wearing a cloth face covering difficult or dangerous.

8. How long will the order be in effect?
Right now, the order is effective indefinitely.

9. What’s the penalty for not wearing a face covering?
We hope most people will wear a face covering to protect the health of their friends and loved ones. However, not following the order may result in a misdemeanor subjecting the violator to a fine of up to $100 and/or up to 90 days in the county jail per RCW 43.70.130(7), RCW 70.05.120(4), and WAC 246-100-070(3).


July 10, 2020 

This is a COVID-19 update from Aaron Edwards, CEO, Ferry County Health. 

Testing Data as of July 10, 2020 @ 7:45 am

(this is Ferry County Health Testing Data Only – other organizations are testing within Ferry County, see the Northeast Tri-County Health (NETCHD) website for complete county data) 

  • 2 Positives (1 patient has recovered) 
  • 183 Negative 
  • 18 Pending Tests 

Please see NETCHD press releases for information on other area COVID information. 

Please note for the safety of our community and staff, our visiting doctor area in the clinic is serving as an isolated respiratory clinic so our regular clinic can focus solely on non-COVID issues.  Again, our clinic, lab, emergency department, hospital, rehab department and radiology are open and are working hard to provide safe options to accommodate our community! We urge patients not to put off routine care. 

Please note that you will be asked to mask before entering our facility for the safety of our patients, staff, and especially the vulnerable residents that make our facility their home.

I emphatically ask that you be respectful of our staff regarding this State mandate. We will not tolerate aggressive or abusive behavior towards our staff or other patients. This is a State mandate which our employees are required to enforce, they do not  deserve to be an outlet for frustration over this issue!

Again, we are committed to your safety and the safety of our staff. This policy is not intended to make anyone uncomfortable. We are confident the use of masking, along with good hygiene, does help to curb the spread of virus such as COVID-19 (the practice has been common place in our facility for longer than can be remembered during flu season, etc.). If you have a valid medical reason for being unable to wear a mask please call our facility before your visit to work out reasonable  accommodations (Emergency Department is excluded please do not delay emergency care). 

Please note that for the safety of our Klondike Hills residents, Long Term Care residents, and staff visitors to Klondike Hills, our Hospital, and Long Term Care unit will continue to be limited (call ahead with questions). As much as possible when visiting our Emergency Department, clinic and rehab department we ask only the person seeking treatment visit. 

Respectfully, 

Aaron Edwards

Superintendent & CEO, Ferry County Health 


June 25, 2020

A few words on masking from Aaron Edwards, CEO, Ferry County Health…

Dear Community:

Masking is not new to us at Ferry County Health. We have been asking people to help us out by masking when they come to our facility from very early on in this pandemic (either with their own mask or one we provide), and for the most part our patients have been happy to mask. For that we are very appreciative. Use of masks has been a necessary part of our personal protective equipment (PPE) for both patients and staff under certain circumstances for as long as can be remembered. We are 100% committed to protecting our patients, staff, long term care and Klondike Hills residents from COVID-19 and the numerous other viruses we face on a day to day basis and feel that the mask, used often along with other tools, is a very important part of that. The governor’s mandate this week really won’t change much for us.

We understand that our screening process (temperature check and some basic questions), distancing, stricter visitor policy, and use of PPE (personal protective equipment) such as the mask isn’t always convenient, maybe even feels oppressive to some. It certainly isn’t meant to be that way, we are committed to partnering with our patients to protect our community. With or without mandates from our elected officials we will continue to follow current best practices for infection control which will likely include masking in various situations. I was reminded today by our hospital nursing staff that in late February we experienced a significant surge of patients needing inpatient treatment in our hospital because they were suffering from the flu (roughly 12 times our normal!). During that time NONE of our long term care patients contracted the flu from these sick patients though they live just steps away from our inpatient hospital beds (often being treated by the same clinicians on a daily basis). That was no accident. It was in large part because of the deliberate and disciplined use of PPE by our clinical staff and visitors. These patients are vulnerable and we cannot let our guard down, it is our duty to do our best for them and our community. Masks are definitely a critical part of our tool box to protect patients and staff.

In this nation, the use of masks is new to our business community and public life. It has understandably created a debate, one that I am neither interested nor qualified to fully enter into. Having said that, I am confident that proper use of a mask, coupled with distancing and good hygiene will help to slow the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses. For most of the medical profession infection control methods, the mask being a major part of that, is a normal part of their workday. Due to this pandemic we all (clinician or not) now have been thrust into trying to figure out how to do infection control on a much larger scale outside of clinical environments. A very difficult and painful thing to figure out as we really haven’t faced this on such a scale in modern times. No way do we get this perfect or should we expect that of each other. We must ask ourselves, is it reasonable to expect a pain free, inconvenience free, and unchanged life during a pandemic? I think it’s worth it to do our best for each other by taking this virus seriously which includes taking precautions that might not always be comfortable, convenient, or fashionable (although I’ve seen some pretty creative and good looking masks). This is going to take practice, some failings, stick-to-itiveness and patience with each other to get through this!

Respectfully,

Aaron Edwards, MHPA
Superintendent and CEO, Ferry County Health

May 28, 2020

This is a COVID-19 update from Aaron Edwards, CEO, Ferry County Health.

Testing Data as of  May 28, 2020 @ 9am (Ferry County Health Data Only – other organizations are testing within Ferry County, see the Northeast Tri-County Health website for complete county data)

  • 1 Positive (patient has recovered)
  • 121 Negative
  • 5 Pending Tests

Drive up COVID-19 testing will be moving to the clinic parking lot effective Monday 6/1!  The SAR greeting team will have their last day on campus 5/29.  A huge thank you from Ferry County Health for their service!!!

Drive up COVID-19 testing is ongoing M-F 8am to 5pm (call the clinic @ 509-775-3153), for afterhours testing call 509-775-3333 option 1.  Please drive up in front of the testing trailer and roll down all windows (a lane will be marked and someone will come soon to help you). 

Our Hospital, Emergency Department, Clinic, Lab, and Radiology departments are open for routine care. We are beginning to do colonoscopies, EGD’s and Ultrasound Guided Injections again (call 509-775-3153 for more info). 

Physical & Occupational Therapy is now open to face to face visits.Please call our rehab department for more details @ 509-775-8400.  Behavioral Health appointments are now being offered in the clinic with Laura Karg, our licensed clinical social worker (call the clinic for more information or to schedule an appointment). 

Please note for the safety of our community and staff, our visiting doctor area in the clinic is serving as an isolated respiratory clinic so our regular clinic can focus solely on non-COVID issues.   Again, our clinic, lab, emergency department, hospital, rehab department and radiology are open and are working hard to provide safe options to accommodate our community!  We urge patients not to put off routine care.  Life may be on pause but your healthcare should not be, don’t become an emergency! 

Please note that for the safety of our Klondike Hills residents, Long Term Care residents, and staff visitors to Klondike Hills, our Hospital, and Long Term Care unit will continue to be limited (call ahead with questions).  As much as possible when visiting our Emergency Department we ask only the person seeking treatment visit.    

Respectfully,

Aaron Edwards, MHPA

Superintendent and CEO, Ferry County Health

May 19, 2020

This is a COVID-19 update from Aaron Edwards, CEO, Ferry County Health.

Testing Data as of May 19, 2020 @ 8am (Ferry County Health Data Only – other organizations are testing within Ferry County, see the Northeast Tri-County Health website for complete county data)

  • 1 Positive (patient has recovered)
  • 111 Negative
  • 3 Pending Tests

Our Hospital, Emergency Department, Clinic, Lab, and Radiology departments are open for routine care. We are beginning to do colonoscopies, EGD’s and Ultrasound Guided Injections again (call 509-775-3153 for more info).

Physical & Occupational Therapy will be opening this week to in-person visits (week of 5/18). Please call our rehab department for more details @ 509-775-8400. Behavioral Health appointments are now being offered in the clinic with Laura Karg, our licensed clinical social worker (call the clinic for more information or to schedule an appointment).

Please note for the safety of our community and staff, our visiting doctor area in the clinic is serving as an isolated respiratory clinic so our regular clinic can focus solely on non-COVID issues.

Again, our clinic, lab, emergency department, hospital, rehab department and radiology are open and are working hard to provide safe options to accommodate our community! We urge patients not to put off routine care. Life may be on pause but your healthcare should not be, don’t become an emergency!

Drive up COVID-19 testing is ongoing at the main driveway to the hospital M-F 8am to 5pm, after hours call 509-775-3333 option 1.

Please note that for the safety of our Klondike Hills residents, Long Term Care residents, and visitors to Klondike Hills, our Hospital, and Long Term Care unit will continue to be limited (call ahead with questions). As much as possible when visiting our Emergency Department we ask only the person seeking treatment visit.

Respectfully,

Aaron Edwards, MHPA Superintendent and CEO, Ferry County Health


5/8/2020

Ferry County’s application to move into Phase Two of Washington State’s Phased Approach to Reopening Business and Modifying Physical Distance Measures has been approved by Governor Inslee as of 2:30pm May 8, 2020.

Businesses in the counties approved to move into Phase 2 must wait to reopen until guidance has been released for their industry on how to keep workers and the public safe. They must comply with all health and safety requirements outlined in that guidance to reopen.


5/6/2020

This is a Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from Aaron Edwards, CEO, Ferry County Health.


Testing Data as of May 6, 2020 @ 9:30am (Ferry County Health Data Only – other organizations are testing within Ferry County, see the Northeast Tri-County Health website for complete county data)

  • 1 Positive (patient has recovered)
  • 104 Negative
  • 1 Pending Tests

Our Hospital, Emergency Department, Clinic, Lab, and Radiology departments are open. We are beginning to do colonoscopies, EGD’s and Ultrasound Guided Injections again in certain situations (call 509-775-3153 for more info). Physical & Occupational Therapy is working on safely opening soon to in-person visits. In the meantime we are offering telehealth options for current patients who have already established care. Please call our rehab department for more details @ 509-775-8400.

Please note for the safety of our community and staff, our visiting doctor area in the clinic is serving as isolated respiratory clinic so our regular clinic can focus solely on non-COVID issues.

Again, our clinic, lab, emergency department, hospital and radiology are open and are working hard to provide safe options to accommodate our community! We urge patients not to put off routine care. Life may be on pause but your healthcare should not be, don’t become an emergency!

Drive up COVID-19 testing is ongoing at the main driveway to the hospital M-F 8am to 5pm, after hours call 509-775-3333 option 1.


Please note that for the safety of our Klondike Hills residents, Long Term Care residents, and staff visitors to Klondike Hills, our Hospital, and Long Term Care unit will continue to be limited (call ahead with questions). As much as possible when visiting our Emergency Department we ask only the person seeking treatment visit.
Respectfully,

Aaron Edwards, MHPA

Superintendent and CEO, Ferry County Health


4/29/2020 Facebook Live Town Hall Meeting with Ferry County Health and Northeast Tri-County Health District Representatives

4/27/2020

This is a Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from Aaron Edwards, CEO, Ferry County Health.

Testing Data as of  April 27 @ 10:00am (Ferry County Health Data Only – other organizations are testing within Ferry County, see the Northeast Tri-County Health website for complete county data)

  • 1 Positive (patient has recovered)
  • 95 Negative
  • 2 Pending Tests

Wednesday 4/29 at 5pm we will be hosting a live Town Hall Facebook event to ask any questions related to COVID-19 and Ferry County Health (details below):

To participate in this Facebook Live Virtual Town Hall  visit the FCPHD#1 Facebook page, scroll down to the upcoming live video post, and click on the “get reminder” button.  

In order to be able to take part and comment, you must have a Facebook account that is more than 2 weeks old and be currently “Following” the FCPHD#1 Facebook page.

If you do not have a Facebook account and would like to attend by phone, dial by your location:

+1 253 215 8782 US Meeting ID: 955 0310 1132

As much as possible please try to join by Facebook.  Please contact our Public Information Officer @ (509) 775-8200 Ext 365 with any questions.

Our Hospital, Emergency Department, and Clinic remain open. Physical & Occupational Therapy is closed to in-person visits until further notice. Our physical therapy department is now offering telehealth options for current patient who have already established care (not accepting new patients yet). Please call our rehab department for more details @ 509-775-8400.

Please note for the safety of our community and staff, the rehab clinic is now serving as our respiratory clinic so our regular clinic can focus solely on non-COVID issues.  The clinic is also offering telehealth options (please call the clinic for details 509-775-3153).  Again, our clinic remains open and is working hard to provide options to accommodate our community!  Drive up COVID-19 testing is ongoing at the main driveway to the hospital M-F 8am to 5pm.

Please note that for the safety of our Klondike Hills residents, Long Term Care residents, and staff visitors to Klondike Hills, our Hospital, and Long Term Care unit will continue to be limited (call ahead with questions).  As much as possible when visiting our Emergency Department we ask only the person seeking treatment visit.    

Respectfully,

Aaron Edwards, MHPA

Superintendent and CEO, Ferry County Health


4/27/2020

VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETING

April 29th at 5:00pm on Facebook

Please join us on Wednesday 04/29 @ 5pm (PST), for a live Town Hall Meeting broadcast with the Ferry County Health administration and clinical panel, as well as members from Northeast Tri-County Health District.

The main goal of this meeting is to provide the community with an opportunity to get real-time answers to their COVID-19 related questions and concerns.

The easiest way to participate in this Facebook Live Virtual Town Hall is to visit the FCPHD#1 Facebook page, scroll down to the upcoming live video post, and click on the “get reminder” button.  

In order to be able to take part and comment, you must have a Facebook account that is more than 2 weeks old and be currently “Following” the FCPHD#1 Facebook page.

If you do not have a Facebook account and would like to attend by phone, dial by your location:

+1 253 215 8782 US

Meeting ID: 955 0310 1132

Please contact our Public Information Officer @ (509) 775-8200 Ext 365 with any questions.


4/15/2020 Update from Dr. Garcia and Special Guest, Brant Truman

Our Chief of Medical Staff, Dr. Garcia, and our Chief Financial Officer, Brant Truman, provide COVID-19 updates and address questions resulting from our previous video.

4/15/2020

This is a Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from Aaron Edwards, CEO, Ferry County Health.

Testing Data as of  April 15 @ 0930 (Ferry County Health Data Only – other organizations are testing within Ferry County, see the Northeast Tri-County Health website for complete county data)

  • 1 Positive (patient has recovered and is doing well!)
  • 78 Negative
  • 8 Pending Tests

Our clinic is actively calling seniors who have utilized our services recently to do “well checks” and inform them on what services are being offered for testing, etc.  Do not be alarmed if you or a family member is called.  Our strategy is to be proactive as much as possible in the hopes of preventing the significant outbreaks that are occurring in other communities.    

Our Hospital, Emergency Department, and Clinic remain open. Physical & Occupational Therapy is closed to in-person visits until further notice. Our physical therapy department is now offering telehealth options for current patient who have already established care (not accepting new patients yet). Please call our rehab department for more details @ 509-775-8400.

Please note for the safety of our community and staff, the rehab clinic is now serving as our respiratory clinic so our regular clinic can focus solely on non-COVID issues.  The clinic is also offering telehealth options (please call the clinic for details 509-775-3153).  Again, our clinic remains open and is working hard to provide options to accommodate our community! 

Drive up COVID-19 testing is ongoing at the main driveway to the hospital M-F 8am to 5pm.  If you have any of the following symptoms we urge you to call 509-775-3333 option 1 to determine if you should come in:

A fever of 100.4 F or higher, cough, shortness of breath, you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

Onsite screening process is as follows:

  1. Follow signage and instructions to testing area
  2. Stay in your vehicle
  3. Roll down all windows

For after hours and weekend screening call 509-775-3333 option 1.  Not everyone with symptoms will be tested.  Patients will be tested based on current recommendations.  Currently testing results may take up to 4 days (with some exceptions).  You will be called with results. 

Please note that for the safety of our Klondike Hills residents, Long Term Care residents, and staff visitors to Klondike Hills, our Hospital, and Long Term Care unit will continue to be limited (call ahead with questions).  As much as possible when visiting our Emergency Department we ask only the person seeking treatment visit.    

Respectfully,

Aaron Edwards, MHPA

Superintendent and CEO, Ferry County Health


4/7/2020

This is a Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from Aaron Edwards, CEO, Ferry County Health.

Testing Data as of  April 7 @ 1120 (Ferry County Health Data Only)

  • 1 Positive (patient has recovered and is doing well!)
  • 68 Negative
  • 10 Pending Tests

Our clinic is actively calling seniors who have utilized our services recently to do “well checks” and inform them on what services are being offered for testing, etc.  Do not be alarmed if you or a family member is called.  Our strategy is to be proactive as much as possible in the hopes of preventing the significant outbreaks that are occurring in other communities.    

Our Hospital, Emergency Department, and Clinic remain open.  Physical & Occupational Therapy is closed until further notice.

Please note for the safety of our community and staff, the rehab clinic is now serving as our respiratory clinic so our regular clinic can focus solely on non-COVID issues.  The clinic is also offering telehealth options (please call the clinic for details). 

Drive up COVID-19 testing is ongoing at the main driveway to the hospital M-F 8am to 5pm.  If you have any of the following symptoms we urge you to call 509-775-3333 option 1 to determine if you should come in:

A fever of 100.4 F or higher, cough, shortness of breath, you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

Onsite screening process is as follows:

  1. Follow signage and instructions to testing area
  2. Stay in your vehicle
  3. Roll down all windows

For after hours and weekend screening call 509-775-3333 option 1.  Not everyone with symptoms will be tested.  Patients will be tested based on current recommendations.  Currently testing results may take up to 4 days (with some exceptions).  Over the past week return time on tests has improved significantly.   You will be called with results.

Respectfully,

Aaron Edwards, MHPA

Superintendent and CEO, Ferry County Health


4/1/2020

This is a Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from Aaron Edwards, CEO, Ferry County Health.

Testing Data as of 1 April @ 1100 (Ferry County Health Data Only)
• 1 Positive
• 52 Negative
• 11 Pending Tests

Our clinic will begin calling seniors who have utilized our services recently to do “well checks” and inform them on what services are being offered for testing, etc. Do not be alarmed if you or a family member is called. Our strategy is to be proactive as much as possible in the hopes of preventing the significant outbreaks that are occurring in other communities.

Our Hospital, Emergency Department, and Clinic remain open. Physical & Occupational Therapy is closed until further notice.

Please note for the safety of our community and staff, the rehab clinic is now serving as our respiratory clinic so our regular clinic can focus solely on non-COVID issues. The clinic is also offering telehealth options (please call the clinic for details).

Drive up COVID-19 testing is ongoing at the main driveway to the hospital M-F 8am to 5pm. If you have any of the following symptoms we urge you to call 509-775-3333 option 1 to determine if you should come in:

A fever of 100.4 F or higher, cough, shortness of breath, you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

Onsite screening process is as follows:
1. Follow signage and instructions to testing area
2. Stay in your vehicle
3. Roll down all windows

For after hours and weekend screening call 509-775-3333 option 1.

Not everyone with symptoms will be tested. Patients will be tested based on current recommendations. Currently testing results may take up to 4 days (with some exceptions). Over the past week return time on tests has improved significantly. You will be called with results.

Respectfully,

Aaron Edwards, MHPA
Superintendent and CEO, Ferry County Health


3/31/2020 Update from Dr. Garcia

We will be working to follow up this video with a Q&A session with Dr. Garcia, so please leave your COVID-19 questions in the comments. (This is not a place to seek medical advice, but an opportunity to ask any additional questions about COVID-19 or Ferry County Health’s response)

3/30/2020

This is a Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from Aaron Edwards, CEO, Ferry County Health.

Testing Data as of 30 March @ 0852 (Ferry County Health Data Only)

  • 1 Positive
  • 49 Negative
  • 4 Pending Tests

Currently the Northeast Tri-County Health District is investigating potential close contacts of the positive patient and these individuals will be given additional guidance and advised of precautions they should take.  The positive individual is not currently hospitalized and is isolating at home.  To protect their privacy, information that may lead to their identity being revealed will not be disclosed. 

Our clinic will begin calling seniors who have utilized our services recently to do “well checks” and inform them on what services are being offered for testing, etc.  Do not be alarmed if you or a family member is called.  Our strategy is to be proactive as much as possible in the hopes of preventing the significant outbreaks that are occurring in other communities.    

Our Hospital, Emergency Department, and Clinic remain open.  Physical & Occupational Therapy is closed until further notice.

Please note for the safety of our community and staff, the rehab clinic is now serving as our respiratory clinic so our regular clinic can focus solely on non-COVID issues.  The clinic is also offering telehealth options (please call the clinic for details). 

Drive up COVID-19 testing is ongoing at the main driveway to the hospital M-F 8am to 5pm.  If you have any of the following symptoms we urge you to call 509-775-3333 option 1 to determine if you should come in:

A fever of 100.4 F or higher, cough, shortness of breath, you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

Onsite screening process is as follows:

  1. Follow signage and instructions to testing area
  2. Stay in your vehicle
  3. Roll down all windows

For after hours and weekend screening call 509-775-3333 option 1.  Not everyone with symptoms will be tested.  Patients will be tested based on current recommendations.  Currently testing results may take up to 4 days (with some exceptions).  Over the past week return time on tests has improved significantly. You will be called with results.


March 26, 2020

This is a Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from Aaron Edwards, CEO, Ferry County Health

Testing Data as of 26 March @ 0823
• 1 Positive
• 29 Negative
• 15 Pending Tests

Currently the Northeast Tri-County Health District is investigating potential close contacts of the positive patient and these individuals will be given additional guidance and advised of precautions they should take.The positive individual is not currently hospitalized and is isolating at home. To protect their privacy,
information that may lead to their identity being revealed will not be disclosed.

Our Hospital, Emergency Department, and Clinic remain open. Physical Therapy is closed until April 3.

Please note for the safety of our community and staff the rehab clinic is now our respiratory clinic so our regular clinic can focus solely on non-COVID issues. The clinic is also offering a tele option for visits (please call the clinic for details).

Drive up COVID-19 testing is ongoing at the main driveway to the hospital M-F 8am to 5pm. If you have any of the following symptoms we urge you to call 509-775-3333 option 1 to determine if you should come in:

A fever of 100.4 F or higher, cough, shortness of breath, you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

Onsite screening process is as follows:

  1. Follow signage and instructions to testing area
  2. Stay in your vehicle
  3. Roll down all windows

For after hours and weekend screening call 509-775-3333 option 1. Not everyone with symptoms will be tested. Patients will be tested based on current recommendations. Currently testing results may take up to 4 days (with
some exceptions). You will be called with results.


Press Release from Northeast Tri County Health District

News Release – First Positive COVID-19 Test Reported in Ferry County, Second Case in Stevens County

03/25/2020

First Positive COVID-19 Test Reported in Ferry County, Second Case in Stevens County


Northeast Tri County Health District (NETCHD) was notified today, March 25, 2020, of the first positive COVID- 19 test for a Ferry County resident and of a second case within Stevens County.

Both individuals are not currently hospitalized and are isolating themselves at home. To protect the privacy of those testing positive, information that may lead to a person’s identity being revealed will not be disclosed. NETCHD is notifying potential close contacts and these individuals will be given additional guidance and advised of precautions they should take.



03/24/2020

Ferry County Health Offers Telehealth Options


03/23/2020

In an effort to avoid the spread of any potential virus; the Clinic has a new Isolation area located in the Rehab Department.

Respiratory Clinic– Will be located in the Rehab department, please let us know when you call in if you have respiratory symptoms.

Normal/Walk In Clinic– We will continue to see all non-respiratory patients at the Republic Medical Clinic.

We are also working on telehealth options:

Drive Up Clinic– If you are sick and unable to come into the clinic, we are working on a telehealth “drive thru” option. Please come to the clinic parking lot, park in a designated location and will be given an electronic tablet to communicate directly with their provider from the car, thus allowing the patient to stay into their vehicle.

Call In– If you have sufficient internet connection and have access to a smart phone or computer device that allows for video and voice connectivity, you will be able to access a provider from the comfort of your own home.

Please call into the clinic to set up all appointments including telehealth options, we will be going live with a telehealth option in the Respiratory Clinic Tuesday March 24th.

We will continue to do our very best to be your partner in health during this virus season.

Thanks for your understanding!


3/20/2020 Update:

We have Zero (0) positive Coronavirus cases in Ferry County. There are still many tests pending results and testing for Coronavirus is ongoing…
Call 509-775-3333 option 1 to determine if you should come in for testing.
If you have any of the following symptoms:
A Fever of 100.4F or higher
Cough
Shortness of Breath
You suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID 19
You have recently traveled to an area with known COVID 19 cases
Call 509-775-3333 option 1 to if you should come in for testing.
If you have been tested for Coronavirus and are waiting on results, please self-quarantine. Results are taking longer than expected due to significant demand at offsite laboratories.

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