COVID-19 UPDATES


05/10/2021

Pfizer Vaccine approved for adolescents 12 years of age and older

Breaking news…

The FDA has authorized the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine down to adolescents 12 years of age and up.

We will be doing first dose Pfizer shots behind the hospital (Blue Vaccine House) from 8:30am to 2pm tomorrow (Tuesday, May 11th).

If you would like a vaccine please drive up even without an appointment and we will do our best to get you a shot- the next Pfizer first dose day will be the 25th in Curlew in front of the Curlew Clinic (parental consent required!):

FDA Announcement


5/3/2021

Ferry County Health Update from Aaron Edwards, Superintendent & CEO

Update from Ferry County Health for Monday, May 3.

We have had substantial numbers of visits related to C19 in our ED with many needing hospitalization and a higher level of care. One has passed. 9 have been shipped to other facilities for higher level of care.

We are currently scheduling for a May 11 Pfizer first dose vaccination day (call 775-8686, or go to our website to self schedule). C19 vaccinations are free of charge.

Our C19 testing station is open 8am-4pm M-F at the main entrance to the hospital. For all testing other than for travel we do bill insurance but do not collect copays. If you are uninsured you will NOT be asked to pay. For travel related testing there is a charge of $103 due at time of service.

We are extremely appreciative of the Washington State Department of Health’s Isolation and Quarantine Branch. Last week we asked for support and back up to be able to maximize our efforts to address the current outbreak and help arrived this weekend. They are currently supporting us in the following ways:

1. Ability to provide home nursing support for C19 positive patients (we are currently monitoring roughly 78 patients as of this morning).

2. Help with phone calls and various administrative duties for our care team.

3. Provide backfill clinical support for the hospital should we need it (RN/provider).

4. Increase hospital bed capacity within patient movement networks.

5. Assuring EMS support for transport to other facilities should we need it.

If you meet these individuals from the DOH please thank them. Know that we are currently doing well, but want to be sure we are prepared to continue to meet the needs of the community should patient volume continue to increase from the current outbreak. You can support us by masking, distancing, avoiding large gatherings, and please get vaccinated. We have a substantial number of positive cases in the Republic area.


URGENT News Release from Northeast Tri County Health District

April 30, 2021

CATEGORY:                        Announcement

RELEASE DATE:                  For Immediate Release

REGARDING:                      Ferry County Adjusted to Phase 2 Under Roadmap to Recovery Plan

Within Washington State, the Roadmap to Recovery plan has been established as a phased reopening based on a county-by-county evaluation.  For counties with a population of less than 50,000 the following metrics are used as indicators of COVID-19 risk:

IndicatorPhase 1Phase 2Phase 3
New COVID-19 cases over 14 days>175100-175<100
New COVID-19 hospitalizations over 7 days>53-5< 3

The next statewide review period is scheduled for May 4 and will utilize data from earlier in April.  While most counties will be adjusted in their phase through this normal scheduled process, the Roadmap to Recovery plan also allows for adjustments to be made on a county basis as conditions warrant. 

Within the last two weeks, Ferry County has experienced a sharp increase in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.  At present, there have been 106 cases reported in Ferry County residents since April 12.  Seven people have required transport to other hospitals and there have been additional people hospitalized. There has been one reported COVID related death as of this morning.  

Ferry County Hospital continues to experience a significant increase in ER visits as a result of the rapid spread and severity of patients’ symptoms. Ferry County Hospital’s small facility has limited space and their dedicated staff is at capacity. In addition, neighboring local and regional hospitals have been very busy and are limited in ability to receive these patient transfers. Emergency Medical Services transport remains a challenge as well.  As a result, Ferry County Hospital is working with Washington Department of Health’s (DOH) COVID Response Team for medical staffing assistance, in-person home monitoring, coordination with regional hospitals, and logistical assistance.  Ferry County Hospital may need to divert non-COVID admissions to maintain staffing and bed availability to care for patient’s suffering from more severe COVID symptoms while awaiting transfer out of the area.

Ferry County has the highest case rates adjusted for population in Washington State and ranks among the highest nationally.  In the most impacted community of Republic, many businesses, agencies, and governmental offices have had to close their doors to the public and are using modified practices aimed at reducing disease transmission.

Given these conditions and in consultation with the DOH, Northeast Tri County Health District (NETCHD) is moving Ferry County into Phase 2 effective immediately. Such action is necessary now to reduce transmission and keep within the capacity of the local medical system to provide care.  NETCHD will continue to monitor both case rates and hospitalizations closely for the next three weeks and update the Roadmap to Recovery phase as conditions warrant.  As soon as these important metrics stabilize and see improvement, Ferry County will move back into Phase 3.

A move into Phase 2 reduces the size of gatherings, occupancy within establishments, sporting events, along with other restrictions as noted in the Healthy Washington Phased Chart.  While this move into Phase 2 is difficult, it is also critical to help curve disease transmission rates in the right direction.  We ask that Ferry County residents and organizations help by implementing the safeguards under Phase 2.

As a community, let’s work together and take precautions we know work-

  • Getting vaccinated (schedule your appointment at www.netchd.org or 509-684-2262 opt #4). These vaccinations are the best tool we have at reducing illness and hospitalizations.
  • Wearing masks in public spaces, even if fully vaccinated.
  • Staying home when sick and getting tested for COVID-19.
  • Maintaining a social distance of 6’ around non-household individuals.
  • Avoid large gatherings.

4/23/2021

News Release from Northeast Tri County Health District

Increased COVID-19 Disease Activity

COVID-19 transmission has dramatically increased in Ferry and Stevens Counties. In order to slow the spread, it is crucial that residents and visitors take necessary precautions and get vaccinated to protect themselves, family, and friends.

After more than a year of masking, social distancing, and maintaining small gathering sizes, we are all eager to return to “normal”. Unfortunately, given the contagious nature of COVID-19 and the role of variants, relaxing precautionary measures and participating in higher risk activities can imperil the health of community members and jeopardize schools’ and businesses’ ability to remain open.

In the last two weeks, an event in Ferry County has demonstrated the danger of relaxing precautionary measures due to a gathering held in Republic. Though new cases are still being reported, currently there are 71 cases involving attendees or their close contacts who have tested positive and 4 hospitalizations. For those hospitalized and ill, Northeast Tri County Health District staff hope for a full recovery.

This outbreak has significantly impacted Ferry County Health, and a multitude of businesses/facilities within the community. The rapid spread that occurred in Ferry County could easily occur in any of the three counties when we start to relax precautionary measures.

We are in this together and there are solutions. Vaccination is one tool to end the pandemic and everyone ages 16 and older is eligible for vaccination. To schedule your free vaccination, please visit www.netchd.org or call the Northeast Tri County Health District Call Center at 509-684-2262 option 4.

In addition to vaccination, we must continue using precautions that slow transmission. These include:

  • Wearing masks in public spaces, even if fully vaccinated
  • Staying home when sick and getting tested for COVID-19
  • Maintaining a social distance of 6’ around non-household individuals
  • When gathering with others, be outdoors
  • Following reopening guidance for businesses and community activities

4/19/2021

COVID Testing

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID in our community, Ferry County Health will NOT bill uninsured patients for Covid testing due to exposure or if you are symptomatic. We encourage patients to test if they are experiencing any COVID symptoms regardless of their ability to pay.

Symptoms can include fever, fatigue, nausea, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, headaches or sudden loss of smell and taste.

*Please note, if you are testing for TRAVEL, that is considered “Direct Access” and you will be responsible for the test charge. Current test charge: $104.*


4/14/2021

– – – Urgent Notice!!! – – –

Since Saturday (4/10), we have had 21 patients test positive for COVID (the number has continued to rise rapidly throughout the day). 

Due to the surge of positive patients, we are temporarily rolling back our visitation policy for Klondike Hills and our long term care residents while we evaluate the situation. We are contacting resident’s with further information on the temporary pause. 

We urge you to please social distance, practice good hygiene and mask up! 

We have located extra vaccine for Friday’s first dose event. Please call 509-775-8686 to get on our list! All adults 18+ are welcome. 

Please note that our COVID-19 testing station has changed, see the map provided for more information. Once in our testing carport, please call 509-775-8231.


4/13/2021

Visitation Policies updated for Hospital, Assisted Living, and Clinic

In an effort to maintain and follow the guidance from the State DOH and the CDC, we have created the attached visitor policies for the Hospital, Klondike Hills Assisted Living Facility, and Republic Medical Clinic that are effective as of Monday April 12th .

Please note the following highlights:

One visitor per patient/resident

Masks still required

Long term care and Assisted Living visitors will be asked to provide proof of vaccination

We will be posting the visitor policy to our Facebook page and around the facility. We are excited we are at this point and hope to continue to make progress.

A reminder to all that we are preforming vaccinations at the Blue tiny home behind the hospital each Friday moving forward. Vaccine is available for all individuals 18 and older (16 and older if we have Pfizer), as of April 15th.

Please call 5097758686 to schedule a vaccination appointment.


3/29/2021

Phase 1B, Tier’s 3 and 4 will open 3/31/2021

Vaccine Phases opening to the following groups 3/31/2021:

• People 16 years or older with 2 or more co-morbidities or underlying conditions

• All people 60 years and older• People, staff and volunteers in certain congregate living settings: correctional facilities; groups homes for people with disabilities; settings where people experiencing homelessness live or access services

• High-risk critical workers in certain congregate settings: restaurants, food services, construction and manufacturing

If you qualify under these or any of the previous phases and wish to receive a COVID 19 Vaccine, please call our dedicated hotline at:509-775-8686.


3/5/2021

Updated Phase Timeline for COVID Vaccine Distribution


3/4/2021

K-12 educators and child care workers added to Phase 1B Tier 1 vaccination schedule

Effective Immediately: Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade educators and school staff, Child care workers, ECEAP, and License-exempt school-age and youth development providers are eligible to receive vaccine.

This is in addition to current tier groups A1 and B1 (Workers in health care at high risk for COVID-19, First responders at high risk for COVID-19, People who live or work in long-term care settings, People age 65 and older, and People age 50 and older who live in multigenerational housing).

If you meet the above qualifying criteria, please contact our Appointment Hotline: 509.775.8686

Not sure if you qualify? Use the phase finder tool to determine when you can schedule your vaccine appointment.

You can read the full news release from the Washington State Department of Health here:

https://www.doh.wa.gov/Newsroom/Articles/ID/2657/Statement-on-Federal-School-and-Childcare-Vaccination-Plan


2/21/2021

A Letter to Ferry County Residents from Dr. Samuel Artzis;

Ferry County Residents,

Aaron Edwards, CEO of Ferry County Hospital, has tirelessly worked to keep Ferry County safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. He’s committed to closely following guidelines; he has been engaged, proactive; and on the forefront of the hospital, clinic, and community response to limit the spread of the virus.

Aaron had the foresight to set up a testing and vaccination site on the hospital campus as well as procure the only ‘ultra-cold’ freezer in the Tri County area to be ready for the Pfizer vaccine well before the vaccine was delivered. He worked closely with Karen Quinnell in the lab to have testing available early on and was also able to get in-house molecular testing for COVID-19, which allowed for test turnaround times to be cut down to an hour, rather than days.

When the vaccine did arrive, he and his dedicated staff including Ferry County Search and Rescue, had the vaccine given in just a few days. This was in addition to their already very active drive-through testing. Aaron has also gone the extra mile and helped out other counties by driving to Tonasket several times, spending hours in dangerous conditions to procure available Pfizer vaccine.

From the beginning, Aaron has made every effort to offer any service Ferry County Health offers to others in need. Northeast Tri County Public Health District is deeply indebted to his service and material support. He has been an inspiration to me, and I am constantly surprised by his resourcefulness, integrity, and courage to fight for his community. His staff from administration all the way to engineering is exemplary in their team effort—all a result of Aaron’s example and leadership.

As an employee of Ferry County Hospital as well as the health officer for the Tri County area, I appreciate his dedication to excellence and desire to be better. He cares about his staff both professionally and personally and makes every effort to ensure we have the tools needed to provide excellent care. He is honest, transparent, and sincerely cares for his community.

As we strain forward with many uncertainties about the immediate future, I am honored and reassured to having Aaron as a teammate. He is a champion for his staff and community to help keep them safe and well-equipped to respond in any circumstance.

With gratitude,

Sam Artzis, Health Officer

Northeast Tri County Health District Medical Program Directory, Ferry County


1/29/2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Update for the Week beginning 2/1 – Things you need to know:

We are frustrated to report that for the second week in a row the Washington State Department of Health has denied our vaccine request and will NOT be sending us any primary (first) doses.

• We DO have enough booster doses to cover past primary (first) doses.

• Northeast Tri County Health has graciously given us 100 primary (first) which we will distribute via appointment on Thursday 2/4/21.

• We will be giving roughly 230 booster doses this next week (recipients will be called for their appointments). • As of end of day 1/29 we have given 1193 shots.

• Our 509-775-8686 line continues to be busy and our list continues to grow.

Please refrain from calling our vaccine line if you are not a Ferry County resident and not in vaccine group A1, A2 or B1. We will continue to persist in trying to get vaccine from the State and will continue to keep you posted on our progress.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLGhpcQtV5o

A huge thank you to our dedicated staff and volunteers!!


1/25/2021

A Message from our CEO, Aaron Edwards;

Ferry County Health exceeded 1000 doses given on Saturday!

Unfortunately, the state appears to be diverting vaccine from hospitals and clinics to fuel mass vaccination sites in urban areas. This week we will have to largely pause first doses (week of 1/25) due to lack of first dose vaccine coming to us from the State. We are supportive of the mass vaccination sites ONLY when the state has enough inflow of vaccine to support them plus continue to support hospitals (especially rural facilities like ours). Our waiting list grows each day and is well over a few hundred deep at any given point.

We are extremely proud of our volunteers and staff and what they have accomplished these past weeks! It is an honor to work alongside them to serve this community!

Please take a moment to watch the video below…

We have noticed an increase in out of county folks trying to get appointments. We ask that if Ferry County is not your home please do not call our hotline!


1/18/2021

Tier B1 Qualifiers have been updated

Effective Immediately, any individual 65 years and older is eligible to receive the COVID vaccine under Tier B1.

Please review the guidance, or visit doh.wa.gov for more information on the vaccination phases in Washington State.

If you qualify under Tier B1, you may call our appointment hotline to schedule your vaccination.


1/8/2021

We are now scheduling for Tier B1 Vaccinations

On Wednesday, January 6th, Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released guidance for the next group eligible to receive vaccinations. This graphic shows the groups and the estimated timeline for phase 1B. Broadly, groups eligible for vaccination in phase 1B include:

Phase 1B1 – (Tier 1)
• All people 70 years and older
• People 50 years and older who live in multigenerational households
Phase 1B2 – (Tier 2)
• High risk critical workers 50 years and older who work in certain congregate settings: Agriculture; food processing; grocery stores; K-12 (teachers and school staff); childcare; corrections, prisons, jails or detention facilities (staff); public transit; fire; law enforcement
Phase 1B3 – (Tier 3)
• People 16 years or older with two or more co-morbidities or underlying conditions
Phase 1B4 – (Tier 4)
• High-risk critical workers in certain congregate settings under 50 years
• People, staff and volunteers all ages in congregate living settings:
o Correctional facilities; group homes for people with disabilities; people experiencing homelessness that live in or access services in congregate settings


COVID Testing Trailer Holiday Hours:

12/24/20 8:00am-12:00pm, Closed on Christmas Day

12/31/20 8:00am-12:00pm, Closed on New Years Day


12/16/2020

We are very excited and thankful to announce that we are working to get our Long Term Care and Assisted Living residents their first round of vaccine today!

We owe a big “THANK YOU” to North Valley Hospital for sharing the vaccine with our team at Ferry County Health.

Thank you to our amazing Ferry County Health team for their tireless work in keeping our community, residents, and staff safe and healthy.

We will be providing updates as to when we will be able to offer vaccinations to the community soon.

Left to top right and bottom: John McReynolds (CEO North Valley Hospital), and Aaron Edwards (CEO of Ferry County Health); Julia Santana (Clinic Manager FCH), Steve Pascuzzi (RPh at North Valley), and John McReynolds; Mike Martinoli (Nurse Manager FCH), and Julia Santana

12/07/2020

Great article highlighting some of the steps Ferry County Health has taken to prepare for the COVID-19 Vaccine.

*please note that we are working to clarify the comment in the article regarding the airport being “closed for the season.”


December 4, 2020

COVID-19 Testing Capabilities Expanding

Our Chief of Staff, Dr. Richard Garcia gives a quick update on COVID-19 testing capabilities at Ferry County Health


COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Our Chief of Medical Staff, Dr. Richard Garcia, has developed an informational video series on the COVID-19 Vaccination. In series 1, he speaks on the community’s current status with COVID-19, what and how the vaccine was developed, and walking us through the vaccination timeline.

In this first video, our Chief of Medical Staff, Dr. Richard Garcia discusses the community’s current status and the COVID-19 Vaccine

In this episode, Dr. Garcia explains what the COVID-19 vaccine is, how it is made, and how it will be effective in combating COVID-19 in our community.
In the final episode of this series, Dr. Garcia talks to our community about the vaccination timeline and what to expect

Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html

https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/Vaccine#FAQ

https://coronavirus.wa.gov/partner-toolkit/covid-vaccines-questions-answers


November 23, 2020

RE:  Testing for social gatherings

Dear Community:

As many of you are aware Governor Inslee’s 11/15 proclamation restricting social gatherings until 12/14/20 allowed for the following exception…  

“1(b) quarantine for seven (7) days prior to the social gathering and receive a negative COVID19 test result no more than 48-hours prior to the gathering.”

Unfortunately due to significant increases in demand for COVID19 testing statewide we are seeing slower than normal turnaround times (up to 5 days) and therefore cannot offer testing to allow for social gatherings at this time.  We urge those that are utilizing our direct access testing for travel to limit testing for only work related, urgent travel until further notice.  Many facilities statewide are enacting similar policies to help slow the demand for testing to allow for quick turnaround for symptomatic and testing as a result of contact tracing.

We continue to encourage symptomatic individuals or those with potential contact with positive COVID19 patients to please not hesitate to come get testing.  Further information on the Governor’s recent proclamation can be found below…

We are sorry for the impact this may have on your family, substantial recent increase in virus spread demands this policy.  Please continue to be vigilant in protecting yourself and loved ones. 

Respectfully,

Aaron Edwards, MHPA

Superintendent and CEO, Ferry County Health

11/19/2020

Testing Location Change

Effective November 20, 2020, COVID-19 testing will be conducted in our new and permanent testing location behind the hospital.

Testing hours will remain Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm.


October 30, 2020

Fall Update from Ferry County Health

Happy Fall Ferry County!  Here’s what’s going on at your hospital district… 

This year we decided to try a drive up flu shots which turned out to be a huge hit! The drive up flu clinic will definitely be repeated again next year and perhaps in the near future.  On our first day we served a clinic record of 170 patients; well over half of all of 2019’s totals in just a few hours!  Even with additional shots ordered this year, it appears we will soon run out and are currently scouring all of our sources to find additional supplies (the pandemic continues to challenge our suppliers in many ways).   Stay tuned for additional announcements on flu shot availability.  Our record drive up day gave us a chance to practice and prepare for possible distribution of a COVID-19 in the not too distant future (we are currently working with the Tri County Health District and the State to prepare).  I’m extremely proud of our staff’s ability to think quickly and make proper adjustments which made the day a success. 

Many of you no doubt have noticed some digging and placement of “small homes” up by Klondike Hills Assisted Living (ALF).  We have two projects going on up there.  The first is a long overdue drainage fix to move storm water around the ALF and Clinic.  Over the year’s our building has had noticeable settling issues, water infiltration into the clinic, and water build up in the elevator shaft at times.  Last year we made fixes to our gutter downspouts by redirecting roof run off into our retention pond rather than just allowing the water to settle in against our foundation which had an immediate positive impact.  This next phase will hopefully take the majority of our spring melt and move it safely around the building without continued damage to our facility. 

The second project is what I call our “COVID-19 Village”.  Using CARES Act funding obtained this spring, we have purchased three small homes for the immediate use as a winter COVID drive up station and a future vaccine distribution area.  Long term, we will use the homes for emergency room doctor housing and other employee housing challenges.  Alongside our three homes we are also building a travel trailer/RV pad which will have power, sewer, and water (during warmer weather), first for short term use for patients and their families and next to address short term employee housing issues.   Stay tuned for more information on move up into the homes for COVID testing soon!   If you would like to see updated videos and pictures of the project they can be found by visiting https://photos.app.goo.gl/izAbJf7xSqTaC78M7

In order to use our CARES Act money the project must address issues created by the current pandemic.  Beyond that, our desire is to make sure the projects create a long term benefit long past the current COVID-19 situation.  A few other areas we are spending/or planning to spend our funds on (total funds received = $3.8M):

  • New laptops to help with tele commuting/zoom meetings
  • Wi-Fi infrastructure for telehealth, etc.
  • Digital X-ray upgrade
  • HVAC fixes/upgrades to room pressure control for better infection control
  • Spring 2020 initial financial losses due to the temporary “non-essential” healthcare shut down
  • Lunchroom expansion for greater social distancing (future use for a large meeting room)
  • Storage room expansion (short term use as a COVID testing station)
  • New hallway doors to replace temporary doors used to protect long term care (nursing home) patients

Financially the District continues to grow stronger.  Through September our operating income was a little over $1M.  This past month we resumed our plan of debt repayment with a goal of paying off the ALF/Clinic building by 2024 with a $100K debt payment made to the USDA.  We continue to make progress toward the purchase of Republic Drug, hoping to complete the sale in January of 2021. 

As always we appreciate you trusting us with your care!  Stay tuned for additional flu shot opportunities. 

Kind Regards,

Aaron Edwards, MHPA

CEO and Superintendent, Ferry County Health


July 29, 2020

 The following are COVID-19 testing and related policy updates for Ferry County Health:

  • Pre-op/procedure testing will be done in the hospital lab (check in at the front desk)
  • All other COVID-19 testing is currently being done in the trailer (including testing for travel)
  • The COVID-19 Testing Trailer is located down in front of the clinic and is now open M-F 8-4pm
  • Pull up at designated spots in front of trailer door (remain in your vehicle until given instructions by staff)
  • Open all windows and turn off fan when testing personnel are at your window(s)
  • All after hours and weekend testing requires an emergency department visit (please call 775-3333 option 1 for more details)

Please be aware that upon visiting our facility you will be screened (a few questions and a temperature) and asked to mask before entering our facility.  This is for the safety of our patients, staff, and especially the vulnerable residents who make our facility their home.  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.  We appreciate your help with this!  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).  Our providers will not provide exemption letters from masking for any purposes.     

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, MHPA

Superintendent and CEO, Ferry County Health


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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