Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory: Resources and guidance about what to do if you have concerns.

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Good Shepherd Health Care System (GSHCS) has been preparing for the continued spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) by working closely with Oregon state and local public health officials at the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Umatilla County Public Health (UCo Health), as well as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). The health and safety of our patients and employees is top priority and we have provided resources here to keep the communities we serve informed.

Helpful Information about COVID-19

COVID-19 is a new virus strain that is believed to spread in similar ways as the common cold. Symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. A health care provider can give you instructions for seeking care.

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and other authorities, the risk for exposure in the United States is in an accelerated phase, and our community has reported COVID-19 cases.. We continue to follow established infection prevention protocols and remain prepared to care for patients.

Our health care system is working closely with our state and local health authorities to care for potentially affected individuals while taking steps to limit person-to-person spread within our communities. We have protocols in place, including training our staff and practicing for these scenarios. Constant monitoring and necessary precaution measures to ensure the safety of our patients, caregivers, visitors and community members have been put into place.

How to Protect Yourself

COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes and to what extent it may spread in the United States.

According to the CDC, here’s what we know about the spread of the virus and what respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette to practice:

    • Sanitize your hands often for at least 20 seconds each time. Alcohol gel works well (like after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose), but handwashing with soap and water also works well.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. You can also cover your cough with your elbow if no tissue is available.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Stay home if you are sick and do not need medical care.
    • Routinely disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.
    • For general questions about COVID-19, please reach out to Umatilla County Public Health at 541-278-5432 or the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) hotline by dialing 211 from a cell phone (not a landline).

If You Feel Ill

    • If you have traveled to a country on the CDC list of level 2 or 3 travel health notices and you suddenly developed a fever and cough, call your health care provider.
    • If medically stable, please stay home if you have flu like systems. At the present, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to a COVID-19 infection. Whether you have seasonal flu, the common cold, or something else, it’s important you stay away from others when sick.
    • Monitor yourself and if you begin to develop more acute symptoms such as fever, coughing and shortness of breath or you believe you may have been exposed to Coronavirus, you should:
      • Call ahead to your primary care provider as soon as possible, which helps to determine the most appropriate care.
      • Call Uco Health at 541-278-5432 and/or dial the OHA hotline at 211 from a cell phone (not a landline).
      • Call 911 for a medical emergency.

Stay Informed with These Resources

There are several agencies closely monitoring the situation. You may find more information about their preparedness, general information about the virus, and up to date news at the following links.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Oregon Health Authority 
Umatilla County Public Health

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