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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Information
Our hospital is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, volunteers and visitors. We are continuing to monitor the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking the necessary steps to ensure we are fully prepared to care for patients, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in partnership with our local and state health departments.
Below are a number of resources to help educate you and your family on COVID-19. For more information on the virus, please contact the health department.
COVID-19 Online Risk Assessment
To help support the health of our community, we are providing access to an online COVID-19 risk assessment developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This tool does NOT provide a diagnosis, and it should NOT be used as a substitute for an assessment made by a healthcare provider.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: https://www.cdc.gov/
- Utah State Department of Health
- Utah Coronavirus Information Line 1.800.456.7707
- Website: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/
- Southeast Utah Department of Health
- Price Office: 435.637.3671
- Moab Office: 435.259.5602
- Castle Dale Office: 435.381.2252
- Website: https://www.seuhealth.com/
Current Hospital Visitor Restrictions, Limited Entry Points and Precautionary Measures
April 29, 2020
As we resume limited elective procedures and sugeries, we have also modified our visitor protocol. We will continue to maintain a zero visitor policy for all areas of our facility with the exception of Surgery and the Emergency Room (ER). Patients in ER and Surgery may have one well visitor. The visitor must adhere to completing COVID-19 screening questions, wear a mask while at the facility and remain in the patient's room throughout their stay.
April 3, 2020
According to current evidence, the COVID-19 virus is primarily transmitted between people through respiratory droplets and contact routes. At this time, the virus doesn’t appear to float in the air like pollen. So preventing the spread of COVID-19 means stopping the spread of droplets – by washing hands, cleaning surfaces and protecting faces.
At Castleview Hospital and within our provider clinics, our ability to socially distance when providing patient care and within each facility is limited. As an added precautionary measure and in accordance with CDC guidelines, we are implementing masking guidelines. Since masks are used as a barrier against droplets these new guidelines are meant to protect both our patients and our staff. Simply put, this means that at Castleview Hospital and our clinics, staff and patients will begin to wear masks as deemed appropriate in patient care areas. We are optimistic that this new protocol will provide an additional layer of protection against the transfer of any infectious disease for our providers and staff. In turn, they can continue to offer high-quality care for patients in need and serve our community.
March 18, 2020
Experiencing Respiratory Illness Symptoms - What to Do
May 1: Resuming Elective Surgeries and Hospital Updates (Castle Country Radio Interview with Greg Cook)
Castleview Hospital is committed to protecting the health and safety of everyone who walks through our doors. We can confirm that we have had two positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) at Emery Medical Center. These individuals are not currently being treated at our hospital and are in self-isolation at home.
We are working closely with the Southeast Utah Health Department (SEUHD) to investigate the situation and identify all individuals who may have been exposed. Upon identification, appropriate protocols and instructions will be followed.
Out of an abundance of caution, we have made the proactive decision to move upcoming onsite outpatient visits to virtual telehealth visits. We are in the process of notifying patients of this change and providing instructions on how to access their appointment virtually. This temporary change will be in place until we are confident that we can resume full operations.
We are continuing to work closely with SEUHD and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the safety of our patients, medical staff and employees. We’ve put in place the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond, and we want to assure our community that this decision is the direct result of following those preparedness plans.
March 24: Castleview Hospital takes proper steps and precautions against COVID-19 (Interview with CEO Greg Cook and Dr. Engar)
March 12: Hospital Preparedness Press Release
You can keep healthy and help prevent the spread of germs year-round by following the below tips. Note that these are not specific to COVID-19.
Handwashing: What to Know (source: CDC.gov)