COVID-19 Updates

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - As a result of low volumes at our Acute Respiratory Clinics we have made the decision to stand down our Arlington location. We are confident in this decision but should the need arise for us to re-open a secondary site we will quickly be able to redeploy these services. 

Although our primary site focusing on the treatment and testing of potential COVID-19 patients will continue to be the Acute Respiratory Clinic - Mount Vernon patients are welcome to visit any of our three Urgent Care locations. Our team has protocols in place to quickly identify, manage, test and treat patients of various infectious conditions, including COVID-19. To learn more about our updated safety protocols please click here

 

Click to play our Welcome Back VideoWednesday, May 13, 2020 - Our system recently increased our already strict safety and cleanliness standards and now offer a number of extended options to receive care as we adjust to the "new normal" in our communities. Please also be assured that our providers are experts that are fully equipped to offer you great care, regardless of your health issue.

In an effort to keep our patients and staff safe, we have limited visitors to our facilities and screen all patients and employees for COVID-19 symptoms, every day. Our Environmental Services team continues to operate 24 hours a day, to provide our clinics and hospitals with frequent, professional cleaning. Visit our Patient Care After COVID-19 page for more information. 

 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - We appreciate the efforts of our communities to follow the guidance of our public health departments and leaders to stay home and stay healthy. Please know that visits to seek healthcare are essential and are appropriate reasons to leave your home. This includes check-ups, routine and acute care and emergency services. Your primary care provider’s office remains open to you. While COVID-19 is a new virus, viruses and respiratory illnesses are health concerns that our medical professionals manage and treat regularly.   

Patients can seek care through:

We have taken steps to ensure your safety while in our facilities, including separating patients with respiratory illnesses to avoid any potential spread. We encourage you to visit us when you need safe and reliable care.

 

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - Skagit Regional Health offers MyChart Video Visits, clinical visits with the expert healthcare providers you’ve come to know and trust!

MyChart Video Visits are a new telehealth technology that brings the appointment to you, wherever you are. The secure video format is convenient and saves you time, no need to travel or arrange childcare. Connect with your provider on any smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer with a camera enabled.

MyChart Video Visits require an active MyChart patient portal account. If you do not have one, visit the MyChart page or call your clinic to sign up. The MyChart patient portal offers you great benefits such as direct scheduling for primary care appointments, secure messaging with your providers, access to notes and lab results, prescription refills and more!

Please note - MyChart Video Visits are not typically same day appointments. These visits replace your regular office visit and will need to be scheduled.

Click here for more information.

 

Family holds thankful signs outside SVHTuesday, April 21, 2020 - Our mission, vision and values are centered around improving the health of our communities. For many of us, caring for our communities is why we chose healthcare as a career. As COVID-19 has upended life as we know it, we have been humbled and honored to see our communities reach out to take care of us. From hot food and personal protective equipment to signs, flowers and chalk drawings on our sidewalk - our organization, our providers and our staff have been showered with appreciation and love these past many weeks. We thank you, our amazing communities, for reaching out in this difficult time. Please have a look at our ever-growing list of generous donations and community kindness. Thank you!! 

 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - Effective Thursday, April 16, as a result of low volume at the Acute Respiratory Clinics, we will close the Riverbend location and adjust the hours of operation for the Arlington and Mount Vernon locations. Hours will change to 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Mount Vernon location will also remain open on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and will redeploy these services should the need arise. 

 

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - Thank you to the community for the generous support. Numerous donations of supplies that help keep our staff and the community safe have been received. We have updated our ask of donation items to: surgical masks (non-cloth, disposable, medical grade), N95 masks, isolation gowns and monetary donations. For ways to give please click here.

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - Across our communities there are resources for you to seek care for COVID-19 symptoms. Read our blog post to find a location near you.

 

Friday, March 27, 2020 - Unless we have any major developments, we will continue our daily COVID-19 updates next week. If you have COVID-19 or flu symptoms over the weekend please visit one of our Acute Respiratory Clinics.

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - We appreciate the outpouring of support from our communities during this difficult time. Many groups have reached out with offers to support the work of Skagit Regional Health care givers. We are now accepting donated items as well as monetary donations during this unprecedented crisis. 

Please visit our COVID-19 Donations page for more details about ways to give.

We are so grateful for the generosity and support our communities have shown to our staff and providers. Thank you!!

 

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - Skagit Regional Health is opening a third Acute Respiratory Clinic at our Riverbend location (2320 Freeway Dr, Mount Vernon) tomorrow, March 20. This is in addition to the Acute Respiratory Clinic – Mount Vernon (120 South 13th St) and the Acute Respiratory Clinic - Arlington (328 S. Stillaguamish Ave).

Exterior of SRC- RiverbendThe Acute Respiratory Clinics offer walk-in care for COVID-19 and flu symptoms at these clinics. COVID-19 testing is for patients exhibiting symptoms. Skagit Regional Health is not testing asymptomatic patients at this time, following CDC guidelines.

Patients receiving treatment at any Skagit Regional Health facility, including the Acute Respiratory Clinics, will incur appropriate medical charges for their visit. Patients will provide proof of insurance during their visit, or request to private pay.  The Office of the Insurance Commissioner has some great information for government resources available to patients without health insurance. 

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - As of today, Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Skagit Regional Health has implemented Visitation Restrictions at all of our facilities.

We are working to open another Acute Respiratory Clinic in Mount Vernon. This will accompany the two existing clinics, Acute Respiratory Clinic - Mount Vernon (120 South 13th Street) and the Acute Respiratory Clinic - Arlington (328 South Stillaguamish Avenue). Patients can receive walk-in care for COVID-19 and flu symptoms at these locations.

Be advised that COVID-19 testing is for patients exhibiting symptoms. Skagit Regional Health is not testing asymptomatic patients at this time. We are testing according to CDC guidelines.

 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - Effective tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Skagit Regional Health will be restricting all visitors until further notice to protect our patients, families, employees and the community. 

The decision to restrict visitors to this level was difficult and made only after careful consideration to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please visit our Visitation Restriction page for more details.

 

Monday, March 16, 2020 - There are no new updates for Skagit Regional Health today.

 

Sunday, March 15, 2020 - As of today, Sunday, March 15, 2020, Skagit Regional Health staff and providers are caring for patients who tested positive for COVID-19. We are treating these patients with appropriate precautions.

 

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - As of today, Saturday, March 14, 2020, Skagit Regional Health staff and providers are caring for patients who tested positive for COVID-19. We have shifted to using the term positive (rather than presumptive positive) as the University of Washington lab has received verification, which means results no longer need to be sent to the CDC for confirmation. We are treating these patients with appropriate precautions.

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Friday, March 13, 2020 - As of today, Friday, March 13, 2020 Skagit Regional Health staff and providers are caring for patients who tested positive for COVID-19. We are treating these patients with appropriate precautions. Our staff regularly cares for patients with respiratory conditions and those who require isolation. They are well trained, practiced and equipped to properly care for patients with COVID-19.

This week, Skagit Regional Health opened two Acute Care Respiratory clinics to provide testing for patients experiencing cough, fever and/or respiratory symptoms. Patients can receive walk-in care for COVID-19 and flu symptoms at the Acute Respiratory Clinic - Mount Vernon (120 South 13th Street) and the Acute Respiratory Clinic - Arlington (328 South Stillaguamish Avenue).

Be advised that COVID-19 testing is for patients exhibiting symptoms. Skagit Regional Health is not testing asymptomatic patients at this time. We are testing according to CDC guidelines.

Patients with COVID-19 or flu symptoms should not visit an urgent care location. Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.

MyEClinic is also available for community residents, even if you are not a Skagit Regional Health patient. Use the coupon code COVID19 to waive the fee. Talk virtually with a board certified provider from the comfort of your couch!

 

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - As of today, Thursday, March 12, 2020 Skagit Regional Health staff and providers are currently caring for patients who tested presumptive positive for COVID-19. The test results have been sent to the CDC for confirmation. We are treating these patients with appropriate precautions.

Limited Access SignOur staff regularly cares for patients with respiratory conditions and those who require isolation. They are well trained, practiced and equipped to properly care for patients with COVID-19.

Following the lead of our hospital and clinic counterparts throughout the state, we are taking additional steps to keep our community safe. We have limited access to our hospitals to include patients, staff and essential visitors only. Essential visitors are defined as one (1) immediate family member per patient at any given time. For isolation patients, visitors will not be allowed in patient rooms.

Public access to our both hospitals is now limited to individuals with a medical need to be in our facility. The cafeterias will not be open to the general public, effective March 13. We appreciate your assistance.

The decision to restrict visitors to this level was difficult and made only after careful consideration to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We recognize there are times when having a visitor or family member present is crucial. In these cases, there will be exceptions considered for extenuating circumstances.

If you or someone you know becomes ill:

  • Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • If you have symptoms including cough, fever, or other respiratory problems you should:
    • Call your regular doctor, and/or
    • Visit www.MyEClinic.org for 24/7 access to a provider by phone or video chat on a PC. Use coupon code COVID19 to waive the fee, and/or
    • Visit one of our Acute Respiratory Clinics
      • Mount Vernon: 120 S. 13th Street, Mount Vernon for walk-in care
      • Arlington: 330 S. Stillaguamish Avenue, Arlington (inside Cascade Valley Hospital) for walk-in care
  • Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including hand washing, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Stay informed. Information is changing frequently.

 

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - As of today, Wednesday, March 11, 2020 Skagit Regional Health staff and providers are currently caring for patients who tested presumptive positive for COVID-19. The test results have been sent to the CDC for confirmation. We are treating these patients with appropriate precautions.

 

 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - As of today, Tuesday, March 10, 2020 Skagit Regional Health staff and providers are currently caring for patients at Skagit Valley Hospital and Cascade Valley Hospital who tested presumptive positive for COVID-19. The test results have been sent to the CDC for confirmation. We are treating these patients with appropriate precautions.

We are constantly monitoring the rapidly changing situation, partnering with public health and following CDC guidelines, screening protocols and infection control practices to keep our staff, providers, patients and community safe.

 

Monday, March 9, 2020 - As of Monday, March 9, 2020, Skagit Regional Health is taking actions to limit access, limit visitors and screen patients and visitors entering Skagit Valley Hospital and surrounding facilities in Mount Vernon.

We are taking this step as we have seen an increase in respiratory illness in the community and an uptick in the number of patients who have test results for COVID-19 pending. We are continuing to perform tests in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Rolling out today and tomorrow, the following changes will be deployed at Skagit Valley Hospital and surrounding clinics:

  • If you have a fever, cough, sore throat or any flu-like symptom, you will not be allowed to visit.
  • Public access to Skagit Valley Hospital will be limited and screening of patients and visitors will be provided at the following entrances:
    • Emergency Department Entrance: open 24/7
    • Diagnostic Imaging Entrance: 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    • Kincaid Entrance: 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    • Eagle Entrance: 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Public access to Skagit Regional Clinics in Mount Vernon will also change:
    • Riverbend Main Entrance will be open from 6:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Patients must use the main entrance to access Urgent Care and other clinics in the building
    • Mount Vernon Clinic: Founders Building entrance on Kincaid Street and the Maynard Johnson entrance on Broadway will be open 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Patients will be allowed 1-2 essential visitors.
  • Signage will be posted at the entrances.

COVID-19 presents a rapidly changing situation and Skagit Regional Health is following Public Health screening protocols and infection control best practices to keep our staff and patients safe. While this is a new strain of Coronavirus, our staff and providers are very familiar with providing care for patients with a wide variety of respiratory illnesses and flu. Please have confidence that our clinical teams are well equipped to take great care of our patients, staff and community members. 

 

Sunday, March 8, 2020 - We are receiving many questions about COVID-19 testing and other related topics. We are updating our FAQ page frequently for answers to many of these questions. We also recommend the quality sources listed in the right-side menu on this page. These are quality resources for updated and accurate information. 

As of today, Sunday, March 8, 2020, Skagit Regional Health has not identified any patients with COVID-19. We continue to work in concert with Public Health, using recommended screening protocols and infection control best practices to keep our staff and patients safe.

 

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - As of today, Saturday, March 7, 2020, Skagit Regional Health has not identified any patients with COVID-19. We are testing patients in accordance with CDC guidelines and working in concert with Public Health to share confirmed information as it becomes available.

We have received an influx of questions related to COVID-19, including whether people should be proactively tested and if their insurance will cover that testing. Please view our FAQ page for answers to many frequently asked questions.

Dr. Joshua Griggs Hand Washing VideoPracticing excellent personal hygiene, including proper hand washing techniques, continues to be an important part of preventing the spread of illnesses such as COVID-19. A recent study from Michigan State University determined that 95% of people do not wash their hands properly. Watch as Chief Quality Officer, Joshua Griggs, MD demonstrates proper hand washing technique in this short video. (1:03)

 

Friday, March 6, 2020 - As of this afternoon, Friday, March 6, 2020, Skagit Regional Health has not received any patients with COVID-19 at any of our facilities. We continue to work in concert with Public Health to prepare for the potential spread of the illness and to share confirmed information as it becomes available.  

Free MyEClinic visistIn concert with Public Health, Skagit Regional Health is asking people with symptoms of cough and fever to stay home and call their provider for direction. As an additional resource for patients, we have now made virtual visits through our telehealth system, MyEClinic, free for anyone in Washington experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Patients experiencing symptoms like cough, fever or other respiratory problems can call or video chat with a board-certified provider 24/7 without leaving their home. Patients can use the coupon code COVID19 while requesting a visit to waive the $40 session fee.

Please be aware that COVID-19 cannot be tested virtually. Our board-certified providers are trained to evaluate symptoms and make recommendations based on CDC criteria. Recommendations may include sending patients to a testing or treatment facility, if necessary.

Learn more about free MyEClinic visits on our latest blog post.

 

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - As of this afternoon, Thursday, March 5, 2020, Skagit Regional Health has not received any patients with COVID-19 at any of our facilities. We continue to work in concert with Public Health to prepare for the potential spread of the illness and to share confirmed information as it becomes available.  

Overflow tents constructed outside EDsPart of our system preparedness process includes reviewing emergency plans, assessing inventory of supplies and testing established activation procedures. It is important for Skagit Regional Health to always be ready to safely and appropriately respond to an alert on short notice. In accordance with our emergency response plan, we began constructing tents outside our Emergency Departments this afternoon, which can be used as an extension of those departments if we receive a sudden influx of patients. Learn more about our testing and preparation of equipment on our latest blog post.  

 

Mary Bavaro, MD

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - As of this afternoon, Wednesday, March 4, 2020, Skagit Regional Health has not received any patients with COVID-19 at Cascade Valley Hospital or Skagit Valley Hospital. 

In concert with Public Health, we are asking people with symptoms of cough and fever to stay home and call their provider for direction. As in any case of respiratory distress, we will encourage the public to call 911.

Infectious Disease Specialist for Skagit Regional Health, Mary Bavaro, MD, provides some great information on ways to keep yourself and your family healthy. View her recommendations on our latest blog post.

 

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - As of this afternoon, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, Skagit Regional Health has not received any patients with COVID-19 at Cascade Valley Hospital or Skagit Valley Hospital. 

 

Monday, March 2, 2020 - As of this afternoon, Monday, March 2, 2020, Skagit Regional Health has not received any patients with COVID-19 at Cascade Valley Hospital or Skagit Valley Hospital.

COVID-19 presents a rapidly changing situation and Skagit Regional Health is following Public Health screening protocols and infection control best practices to keep our staff and patients safe. While this is a new strain of Coronavirus, our staff and providers are very familiar with providing care for patients with a wide variety of respiratory illnesses and flu.

For 80 percent of cases, COVID-19 is a mild illness that does not require hospital care, according to Deborah Yokoe, MD, MPH, medical director for hospital epidemiology and infection prevention at UCSF Health.

You will find a variety of resources on this page, including links to the CDC, state Department of Health and others.

Skagit Regional Health encourages everyone to use appropriate prevention methods, including washing hands with soap and water frequently; avoiding touching your face (mouth, nose, eyes); staying home when you are sick until the illness is resolved; covering coughs and sneezes and washing hands thereafter; wiping down frequently touched surfaces; and staying five- to six-feet away from others who are coughing or ill.

In concert with Public Health, we are asking people with symptoms of cough and fever to stay home and call their provider for direction. Those who are experiencing respiratory distress should call 911.

How you can help:

  • Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
  • If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your regular doctor first.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including hand-washing, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. (See resources below)

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Washington State Department of Health

Skagit County Public Health Department

Snohomish Health District

Questions from the public:

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

 

Sunday, March 1, 2020 - From Skagit Regional Health regarding Coronavirus COVID-19: As of Sunday afternoon, March 1, 2020, we have not received any patients with COVID-19 at Cascade Valley Hospital or Skagit Valley Hospital.

We are following Public Health protocols to keep our staff and patients safe. For questions about Coronavirus, please call or visit the Department of Health www.doh.wa.gov