“Olympic Medical emergency preparedness team has been working with hospital and clinic personnel for years to plan for the unexpected and to allow us to act swiftly in the face of an unknown crisis,” says Eric Lewis, chief executive officer. “We are ...
Coronavirus / COVID-19
Olympic Medical Center is working closely with Clallam County public health officials to monitor developments with the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.
When to Seek Medical Care and Advice
- If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first, especially if your symptoms are minor; do not go to the emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
- If you have difficulty breathing, it doesn’t mean you have novel coronavirus, but you should call 911.
- Who is at risk? Anyone can get COVID-19, but individuals over 60, pregnant women, and those with underlying chronic medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease are at higher risk for more severe infection.
- If you fall into one of those groups, come up with a plan with your doctor to identify your health risks for coronavirus and how to manage symptoms. Contact your doctor right away if you do have symptoms.
- There is limited capacity to test outpatients. COVID-19 testing is currently limited to symptomatic:
- Hospitalized patients
- Health care workers
- Residents and/or staff in long-term care facilities
- First responders (EMS, fire, police)
- Contacts of known cases as requested by the Washington State Department of Health
- Patients who are recommended to come to clinics because of the degree of their illness and they are in a high-risk group due to underlying conditions (i.e. heart disease, diabetes, asthma) or 60 or older
Screening and Visitation
Olympic Medical Center is screening patients and visitors for fever and respiratory symptoms at our hospital and clinic buildings. General visitors not seeking care will be strictly limited. Visitors meeting certain exception criteria will be allowed. Please review our Visitor Guidelines page for more information.
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