Adventist Health Sonora
Sonora, CA – Noting that “current trends are scary” and that “the next few months will be critical”
The plan involves setting up a patient triage tent near the entrance to the emergency department. This will help supplement the current review screening and evaluation of patients with COVID-19 symptoms, while reducing the potential for exposure to other patients, visitors, and staff in facilities, according to hospital officials.
“This extra space will reduce congestion and allow us to see more patients while protecting them without COVID-19 symptoms visiting us for routine care or other emergencies,” explains Michelle Fuentes, Adventist Health Sonora President. “In the spring, we closed many of our operations because we did not know what would happen to the pandemic. With our current increase, we have more knowledge about COVID-19, and we can take a step-by-step approach with more informed processes. ”
The hospital will adopt these COVID-19 protocols:
For patients arriving by car, they are screened and triaged at the entrance.
A medical provider will either evaluate the patient in the triage tent or in an isolation room at the hospital depending on the patient’s condition and capacity at the hospital.
AHS notes that the emergency department, triage tent, and car-side evaluations are not free test sites in California. Patients receive care from emergency medical providers and their insurance is billed for the visit.
“Do not let this situation deter you from seeking care,” said Alex Heard, MD, chief medical officer at Adventist Health Sonora. “During the spring, we witnessed people across the country delaying emergency care and suffering from serious complications and death from frequently treated conditions such as heart attacks and strokes. We also saw several complications from untreated chronic conditions. ”
The hospital provided these instructions to patients:
What should I do if you suspect COVID-19:
For those with mild symptoms who suspect they have been exposed to COVID-19, the state test site at Mother Lode Fairgrounds may be an option. If an appointment is not readily available, new appointment times are added regularly. Appointments can be made online here or by calling 1-888-634-1123. Stay home and avoid contact with others.
For moderate symptoms, patients are advised to call their primary care physician, call Indian Rock Rapid Care at 209-536-6680, call Angels Camp Rapid Care at 209-736-9130, or call COVID-19 Advice Line 209-536 5166. If the provider feels the need to test, after a patient examination, refer to the start-up testing site at Adventist Health Sonora. The test site remains accessible, by reference only, Monday through Friday.
For more severe symptoms, patients should go to their nearest emergency room or call 911. Each hospital will have specific protocols for patients with COVID-19 symptoms.
Without COVID-19 symptoms:
As Adventist Health Sonora sees an increasing number of COVID-19 patients, it may be necessary to adjust staff. As part of the overvoltage plan, it may be necessary to reorganize planned procedures to allow staff to address those with critical emergency needs. Patients will be contacted in case their appointment or procedure needs to be changed.
With vaccine development on the way, but no specific timeline for when one could be ready for widespread use, hospital officials are asking everyone to take precautions and follow public health orders. Noting that face masks can curb the upward trend in coronavirus cases by protecting the wearer from inhaling harmful pathogens and particles and by preventing exposure of those around the wearer, Adventist Health has joined 100 of the nation’s best health systems to ask for all Americans to #mask up. The group says wearing a face mask is the country’s best chance to curb the growing COVID-19 pandemic now.
“We value the patience and understanding of our community as we adapt our activities on a daily basis to meet current needs,” says Fuentes. Do your part to prevent further transmission of COVID-19. People we love in our community get sick and die from coronavirus. Let us all do our part and wear masks to protect each other. ”