The following are highlights from the Peninsula Daily News Commentary, March 18, 2020.
Jefferson Healthcare’s (JHC) COVID-19 plan is aimed at keeping our communities informed, safe and well during this pandemic. Planning work has three main components:
1) Monitor, test and communicate
2) Flatten the infection growth curve
3) Plan for increased health services utilization.
To assist our community:
- JHC has launched a COVID-19 Nurse Consult hotline at 360-344-3094. It isavailable 7 days a week to answer questions and schedule appointments in the COVID-19/Respiratory Incident CommandStation.
- JHC has dramatically increased the ability to test. JHC plans to keep a drive-thru testing station at the hospital as long as necessary – currently by appointment only.
- To keep you informed, JHC is updating daily our COVID-19 Web page at: jeffersonhealthcare.org/covid-19.
- JHC is also posting informative video content on our Facebook page.
- JHC has inventoried all personal protection equipment (PPE), and developed use protocols to ensure staff is protected and safe while caring for patients.
- JHC is restricting hospital visitors. JHC has made the difficult decision to postpone all support groups and wellness services and restrict access to the hospital and clinics for all discretionary purposes (like using the cafeteria). We expect our community members to understand and comply with this temporary restriction to keep our most vulnerable residents safe and well.
JHC has been closely monitoring the regional and local situations and, in collaboration with the Public Health Department, communicating with the public at every opportunity. JHC has a plan in place and a team of dedicated staff and providers fully committed to doing whatever it takes to get our community through this difficult time.
County Health Officer, Tom Locke, and senior JHC officials held a Panel Discussion on March 25. Follow this link to see it in its entirety: