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NEWS RELEASE -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 15, 2020
Contact: Brianna Bodily, SCPHD Public Information Officer, (208) 737-5985
Community spread of COVID-19 detected in Minidoka County MINIDOKA COUNTY – South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) has confirmed at least one case of novel coronavirus with no out-of-state travel and no identified contact with another person with confirmed COVID-19.
Community spread means at least one person has been infected with the virus and investigation is not able to determine how or where they became infected. The individual under investigation did not travel and had no identified contact with another person with COVID-19. Public Health officials expect more confirmed cases in Minidoka County and urge all residents to assume the virus could be anywhere in the community and surrounding counties.
“Even as the state works toward reopening, we are still seeing new cases in almost all of our counties,” said Logan Hudson, SCPHD Public Health Division Administrator. “This is a good reminder that the virus is still very active and we all need to do our part to protect our communities. If an area is too crowded—leave. Wear a mask when you are out in public and around other people. Continue to take precautions so you don’t have to be the next person we are calling on the phone asking to stay indoors for the next two weeks.”
South Central Public Health District is running two hotlines for information about COVID-19. One in English at (208) 737-1138, and one in Spanish, at (208) 737-5965. These hotlines are currently running from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Please refer to https://phd5.idaho.gov/coronavirus for the latest local numbers and https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/ for Idaho-specific information and guidance.
NEWS RELEASE -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2020
As we go into another week of home isolation, many people are not able to go to work and even see their own family members, we urge you to hang in there and remember that hospitals staff and first responders are working every day to get through this pandemic and want nothing more than things to return to some kind of normalcy.
With that said, there are a few things to keep in mind in regards to COVID-19 testing please:
- MMH can test you for the Covid-19 virus, we have collection kits in stock but it requires an evaluation and physicians order to be tested. If you do not have a family physician and feel like you need to be tested please call the Minidoka Medical Center at 208-436-4322 and request to be seen or you can be seen and tested through our emergency department if you need to be.
- The turnaround time for test results to come back varies on average of approx 48-72 hours. This is the normal time whether its State or personal lab.
- Covid-19 testing has to be done through a CLIA Certified lab in order to get accurate results. At this time there are no in-home testing kits and there are no qualified companies that provide on-site testing for employees.
Our mission is to provide the best healthcare and education to our community and even in this time of the unknown, we strive to provide the best care to you our staff, patients, families, and community members.
NEWS RELEASE -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2020
As you probably already know COVID-19 is starting to show up in our community as well as communities in our surrounding area. Minidoka Memorial Hospital as well as other health care facilities across the nation are all stepping up and making every effort to care for these patients as they come to our facility. There will be times that it is necessary for our facility to transfer critical COVID-19 patients to larger facilities for higher levels of care. Those receiving facilities are going to experience incredibly high volumes and we intend to help alleviate as much of the capacity challenge as we can. What this means for our community hospital, is that not only will we care for these patients as they present to our emergency department but we will also be receiving transfers from larger facilities of COVID-19 patients that are recovering, but need a few more days of inpatient or Swing Bed care before returning home. We anticipate we will begin receiving patients sooner rather than later.
As we do with any patient we care for at MMH, our staff is reminded that patient confidentiality still applies during this pandemic so as always we will continue to respect the privacy of our patients and keep the care we deliver here confidential. This means not sharing details about the care of any of our patients with family members or the public.
We are fortunate that our Emergency Operations Committee at MMH has had some extra time to prepare for the arrival of these patients. We are taking the necessary precautions to isolate COVID-19 patients and to protect the staff caring for them. It is important that we continue to practice our own safety precautions and social distancing to protect our health and to take good care of ourselves and our families. Our Trustees and Administration have a deep concern for all of our staff and take the safety of every employee as well as community members that walk through our doors seriously.
We are asking all staff as well as visitors to please respect the isolation boundaries that are being installed, these are for the safety of the patients and staff. We truly believe we have the best employees working at MMH that come to work every day in order to provide the best healthcare for our community; they are depending on us to care for them and to protect them during this pandemic.
We are aware of the stay at home isolation order passed down from the Governor’s office and encourage you to follow that as much as possible, with that said, we would like to make sure that everyone is aware, we are still here to care for your healthcare needs. It’s important that you realize if you or a loved one is not well and needs to seek medical care, please don’t wait at home until it’s too late. Our staff is here every day to continue to provide health care to patients that need it now rather than waiting. One of the best ways we can serve our patients and community is to provide preventative care in order to help keep you as healthy and possible. Our patient’s health is and will always be our number one priority.
If you need to see a physician in one of our doctor’s office and would prefer, our Minidoka Medical Center now provides TeleMedicine. Our doctors are excited to provide these expanded services to the community we love! Some visits still need an in person physical exam but a lot can be done via video conferencing. Also, for those with suspected COVID 19 or for those at risk of complications (the elderly or those with lung conditions), we are also willing to come to your car for a curbside visit. Please call ahead! 208-436-4322 or your nurse's direct line. This is just one more services we are proud to offer our community.