As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in our community and worldwide continue to grow, it’s important to understand the next steps you should take if you, your family or your friends begin experiencing symptoms.
Please note, the following information is consistent with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
If you have questions, please call the Washington State Department of Health at 1.800.525.0127
If you have overseas travel plans, we encourage you to visit the CDC travel site.
Our 24-Hour Nurse Navigator – Healthline is a free service available any time of day and night. Our consulting nurse service provides home care information, and can help determine if urgent care or emergency care are called for. Call 425.899.3555 with specific questions about COVID-19.
Per the CDC
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure*:
*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.
COVID-19 in our community is an evolving and ever-changing landscape. For the most up-to-date risk information regarding the risk assessment for contracting COVID-19, visit the CDC.
I don’t know if I’ve been exposed to COVID-19, but I am experiencing symptoms. What should I do?
As always, it is important to remain vigilant in recognizing any significant symptoms—particularly for those with heightened risk, including:
If you are:
Experiencing mild-general symptoms consistent with a cold or the flu:
Experiencing persistent fever, shortness of breath, or a worsening cough, contact your physician by phone. If you do not have a primary care physician, call EvergreenHealth’s 24-hour Nurse Navigator - Healthline to speak with a registered nurse at 425.899.3555.
Experiencing significant symptoms, go to the emergency room.
Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.
What will happen at the Emergency Department?
What will happen at the Urgent Care or Primary Care office?
In summary, what do I do if I am interested in testing for COVID-19?
As with all clinical testing and screening, EvergreenHealth follows evidence-based protocol and guidelines to ensure all patient testing is medically necessary both as a responsible healthcare provider, and partner to our patients.
COVID-19 testing is based on each individual patient’s medical history and symptoms. Your provider will work with you to determine if a COVID-19 test is in the best interest of your health.
In general, people at high risk for complications from COVID-19 are:
Early information shows that older adults as well as those with existing chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease, or compromised immunity should take extra precautions in remaining vigilant of symptoms and taking preventative measures.
Individuals in the higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19 can prepare and take precautions including these recommendations.
The same good health habits that prevent other viruses, like the flu, also prevent the spread of COVID-19. They also decrease the risk of getting sick, which would make you more susceptible to COVID-19.
The likelihood of exposure from visiting the Kirkland campus for an appointment or to see a patient is a similar risk of exposure we experience every cold and flu season in our communities.
As always, it is important to remain vigilant in recognizing any symptoms and seek care immediately if symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are present. Please visit www.cdc.gov to learn more about symptoms and when to seek care.
At this time, appointments will continue as scheduled. Should there be any changes to your appointment or a different recommendation from your physician, we will notify you as soon as possible.
If you’re in need of canceling an appointment, please contact your physician’s office directly.
If you’re experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please stay home, limit your exposure to other people and monitor symptoms. If symptoms progress, please call 425.899.3555 before visiting EvergreenHealth.
We continue to care for our patients with the highest safety and quality standards, guided by the recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While COVID-19 is new to our community, caring for patients with serious illnesses is not new. Every day, EvergreenHealth routinely cares for patients with complex illnesses, including infectious diseases, while protecting the health of our other patients.
Patients with serious infections are isolated and cared for in appropriate spaces by trained staff using specialized protective equipment. We follow best practice and strict safety and quality guidelines. We are equipped and prepared to care for these patients while protecting the health of others – including our laboring mothers, babies and families, and our staff.
With an abundance of caution and as advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in all three settings – clinics, maternity center and NICU – we verbally screen, upon arrival, all patients, family members and visitors for symptoms, protecting all our babies, from gestation through birth and aftercare.
Symptom Screening Questions:
If the answer is “yes” to any of the symptom screening questions above, we ask people to immediately don a mask and then take them directly to their destination and close the door.
In order to continue to ensure the safest environment for all of our moms and babies, in conjunction with other health care providers in the community, EvergreenHealth is limiting the number of maternity support people to two adults per patient for clinic visits as well as labor, delivery and the duration of their hospital stay. These limitations apply to NICU and Pediatrics, too. We ask that these two adults remain consistent for the patient’s entire stay.
Twice each shift, we are screening hospital employees who come into contact with patients – including doctors, nurses, food services, environmental services and others.
This screening includes:
If the answer is “yes” to any of the symptom screening questions above, the staff member will immediately notify the manager, who will further evaluate their condition.
We’ve reduced group exposure for even greater safety. We’re reserving a room just for you and your baby, and are asking all our moms to labor and celebrate as much as possible in their own room.
Please plan to share baby with family and friends after you go home. All tours of the FMC have been canceled in favor of our virtual tour.
Even our staff and community meetings have changed a bit – continuing to collaborate and maintain the team birth approach, but mostly managed virtually – so our staff can spend more time with you and further reduce group contact with you and your family.
We are here to answer all of your questions:
At this time, we continue to welcome visitors. However, if you have a fever or a cough, please return home and visit us when you are well. Children and those with existing health conditions or compromised immunity should take extra caution and consideration for visiting any areas in the community linked to confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As always, it is important to remain vigilant in recognizing any symptoms and seeking care when appropriate. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to learn more about symptoms and when to seek care.
Classes scheduled at EvergreenHealth are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If a class is canceled, attendees will be contacted directly to confirm.
EvergreenHealth’s Infection Control team continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation worldwide and at home. Our focus, always, is on illness prevention, and that remains at the core of our response to this and all health risks.