Healdsburg District Hospital is working closely with the CDC, State of California and local health departments to ensure the health and safety of our patients and employees.
We are equipped and trained to accommodate patients with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
If you feel like you may have the virus or related symptoms to *please CALL FIRST before coming to the hospital*
This will allow us to prepare for your arrival and to meet you at the door to ensure you are cared for without the risk of infecting anyone else around you.
To find out if you should be tested for the Coronavirus, you may do any of the following:
1. Call Healdsburg District Hospital’s main line 707-431-6500 and tell the receptionist you think you are having symptoms (24 hours).
2. Call the Sonoma County Health Service at 707-565-4700 and tell them you think you have symptoms (between 8am-5pm).
Other important links with up to date information can be found here:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC
- Sonoma County Health Services
- CDC Interim Guidelines
- Sonoma County Emergency Information
- California Hospital Association
- Until further notice, visitors are restricted from entering the hospital to ensure the health and safety of our patients and staff.
- All elective surgeries will be suspended for 2 weeks. After that time we will reevaluate this measure.
- Testing is available from Sonoma County labs
There are new procedures for visiting the hospital and a summary of our efforts to keep our staff and community safe listed below.
As we see the growing impact of the coronavirus, we will be dedicating more time and effort toward making sure our facility and staff are well prepared. So far, we have taken the following actions:
- Starting Wednesday, March 4, 2020, we have limited access to the hospital with only the main entrance and Emergency Room open to the public. (Note- main entrance will be locked at 5:00 pm daily and the only access will be the Emergency Room)
- Staff will screen all individuals at the main and Emergency Room entrances using standard clinical screening tools.
- If visitors pass the screening, they will be issued a grey wristband to wear while in the hospital for identification.
- We participate in informational calls with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), California Occupational & Safety Administration (Cal-OSHA), California Department of Health (CDPH), Sonoma County Department of Health (SCDH) and the California Hospital Association (CHA)
- We have implemented standardized screening protocols at all patient care sites
- Educated staff on sanitizing protocols
- Established daily safety huddle focused on coronavirus starting Thursday, March 5th.
- Developing new policy on coronavirus readiness as new information comes in.
Local and State-wide Updates
3/19 Update: SoCo Emergency has created a list of resources for Seniors and vulnerable populations.
3/18 Update: The Sonoma County Health Officer has issued a Health Order directing residents to shelter in place effective Wednesday March 18, 2020. All individuals currently living within the County are ordered to shelter at their homes. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence.
This Health Order will be in place for three weeks until April 7, 2020.
3/15 Update: Governor Announces More Statewide Changes
Gov. Newsom held a press conference announcing a limitation on hospital visitors, largely reserving visits for end-of-life patients. In addition, the state will recommend that people 65 and older, and those who have chronic conditions, home isolate.
3/12 Update: Sonoma County Health Department:
- Coronavirus Testing. Testing for Coronavirus is now available through local
commercial laboratories. Currently all testing is conducted through healthcare
providers, based on their clinical determination that a patient has symptoms
and/or history of exposure to a known case of coronavirus. Wide-spread testing
is not yet available. The Department of Health Services Public Health laboratory
is also testing priority cases.
- Updated Guidelines for Mass Gatherings
– On 3/11/20, California Gov. Gavin Newsome issued an updated policy saying “non-essential” gatherings such as sporting events, concerts and conferences should be postponed or canceled until at least the end of March.
– On 3/11/20, Sonoma County Health Officer advised cancelling or postponing non-essential indoor gatherings of 50 people or more for older adults over the age of 60, and those with chronic medical conditions.
- SoCoEmergency.org is the official County website for centralized information about the current coronavirus emergency.
- 2-1-1 Sonoma Information & Resource Hotline is a number for the public to call for information and resources on the County’s response to the Coronavirus. In addition to calling, people can call 2-1-1 or text their zip code to 898-211 to be connected with a call taker.
- Do Medi-Cal or private medical insurance plans cover testing for Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
- On March 5, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom declared, “We have ordered health insurance companies to waive ALL out-of-pocket costs for preventive coronavirus testing.” California is the latest state to order insurance companies to waive out-of-pocket costs for coronavirus testing.
- All commercial and Medi-Cal health plans have eliminated out of pocket costs for all medically necessary screening and testing for the COVID-19. This includes waiving cost-sharing for emergency room, urgent care or provider office visits when the purpose of the visit is to be screened and tested for COVID-19.
As a reminder, to keep yourself and others around you safe, please practice the following steps:
1) Do not shake hands. Smile, wave, bow, do what you can to avoid making personal contact.
2) Use only your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc. Protect your hands by using a paper towel or a disposable glove.
3) Open doors with your closed fist or hip – do not grasp the handle with an unprotected hand. Especially to do this with bathroom and public buildings and offices.
4) Use disinfectant wipes to sanitize public surroundings such as grocery carts, mass transportation and airplane seats. Carry your own supply with you to have at the ready.
5) Wash your hands with soap and warm water for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from any activity that involves locations where other people have been.
6) Keep a bottle of sanitizer available at each of your home’s entrances as well as in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can’t immediately wash your hands.
7) If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and immediately discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!
8) Practice social distancing parameters as directed by local and state officials.