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Statement on behalf of Roberta Luskin-Hawk, M.D., Chief Executive, March 13, 2020


St. Joseph and Redwood Memorial Hospitals are launching auxiliary screening sites for the community in response to COVID-19. These areas will open Saturday, March 14. We anticipate that they will be open from 8AM-6PM initially but hours of operation long-term will be determined by need.

It is important to note that patients without symptoms and those with no underlying illness who have mild symptoms such as nasal congestion, cough and diarrhea without fever or shortness of breath, should generally rest at home. A Coronavirus Assessment Tool found on the hospital website can help people assess their need for medical evaluation.

To be clear, each site is meant to serve only as an initial touch point for those who feel as though they are exhibiting significant symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as fever, cough or trouble breathing. It is important to note, this is not a surge tent meant to care for patients due to a lack of capacity in the ED or hospital. Rather, the main goal for the community screening tents are to:

  • Perform pre-entry screening on symptomatic patients one at a time to do triage pre-screening.
  • Provide information to asymptomatic patients who don’t require emergency medical care, including providing information on the Coronavirus Assessment Tool available and Virtual Care options on the hospital website.
  • Better serve our community and deliver exceptional care.

Please be aware that testing is not done at the hospital. Specimens are collected and sent for testing to the Humboldt County Department of Public Health and commercial, high-complexity labs like Quest and Labcorp.

We understand there is anxiety in the community, please know our clinical experts are working in conjunction with colleagues across our Providence St. Joseph Health family of ministries and with CDC and CDPH to prepare our response to COVID 19.

We deeply appreciate all those on the front-lines who are caring for our community. During this extraordinary time, it is critical that we rely on facts and science to appropriately care for those who need us most.

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