Cascade Medical Center Reports no positive Coronavirus tests

As of Friday March 20 Cascade Medical Center Media spokesperson Rachel Hansen said the hospital had conducted 44 tests for the COVID-19 virus. Eighteen of the tests were negative and the remaining results are pending.

The hospital is conducting tests for the virus but recommends individuals who have symptoms call the state Department of Health Hot-Line at 1-800-525-0127 before arriving. Symptoms include cough, fever or shortness of breath. A link to the state Department of Health guidelines for testing can be found on our website or on the hospitals website.

Patients with symptoms of concern are treated as follows: If they need medical care, we will treat them in a way that reduces exposure. If they arrive unannounced, they will don a yellow procedural mask and be directed to Triage for further evaluation.

For patients who meet testing criteria, but aren’t sick enough to require an ER visit or admission, the hospital will collect a  sample and send it to an off-site lab. The cost of the test is $135, billed as an outpatient lab. Patients should check with their insurance provider regarding coverage of COVID-19 testing. The hospital also advises patients to check the hospital website for FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) regarding testing and insurance coverage. 

Hansen reports that CMC has implemented the following policies during this current health emergency. 

General patients and visitors:

  • All patients and vendors are being screened upon arrival. 
  • We’ve restricted visitation to Acute Care. 
  • Upper Valley Mend Free Clinic, senior exercise classes, diabetes group visits and Basic Life Support classes have been canceled.
  • We’ve published a web page dedicated to COVID-19 , with answers to Frequently Asked Questions and informational guides for those who are sick and isolating at home.
  • Non-urgent services have been suspended, including mammography, physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy. Patients are advised to call ahead for all other appointments.
  • Our bilingual insurance navigators are offering phone appointments for people who are uninsured and want to enroll in health insurance through Washington State Healthplan Finder. They’re offering a special enrollment period through April 8.
  • We have reached out to Upper Valley Mend, Leavenworth Chamber, Cascade School District, Leavenworth Senior Center, Mountain Meadows and other partner agencies to offer guidance and public education.

Staff:

  • All staff are being screened upon arrival, with daily temperature checks
  • All non-COVID work-related travel has been suspended.  This includes education, conferences, and non-COVID related meetings. 
  • Like other school districts in the state, Cascade School District has arranged for care for children ages 4 and up for health workers, first responders and other vulnerable populations who have no other childcare options.
  • We’ve implemented a “return to work” policy for staff who are ill for whatever reason, in alignment with CDC recommendations.
  • We’ve also implemented several personal protection equipment procedures to protect staff from exposure, also in alignment with CDC recommendations. We are also coordinating with our EMS, fire and law enforcement partners regarding response.

******* UPDATE 3/24/2020 ********

 

 

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