West Valley Medical Center implements screening system

West Valley Medical Center implements screening system
Posted at 5:41 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 11:10:25-04

CALDWELL, Idaho — West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell is taking extra health precautions in light of COVID-19. The efforts include reinforcing appropriate infection prevention protocols and guidance from the CDC, ensuring they have the necessary supplies and emergency preparedness.

As often done during heavy flu outbreaks, West Valley is implementing visitor restrictions to protect patients, physicians, colleagues and visitors.

"Our patients are very high risk. If you look at the data, its probably the elderly and the sick who are most at risk from this infection, and that's our patients," said Richard Augustus, Chief Medical Officer. "So we want to protect them and make sure they're safe while they're here in our hospital."

All visitors and patients are being directed to use specific entrances to help screen those who enter the hosp[ital. All members of the public are asked to use the main entrance, Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can also use the Emergency Room entrance 24 hours a day. seven days a week.

If visitors are sick, they are being asked to stay home. West Valley has implemented an updated web page with contacts including the Southwest District Health hotline and the State of Idaho's website. Click here to find that information.