Can I be tested?
Due to the limited amount of testing supplies, Salem Health is offering testing to hospitalized patients who meet exposure criteria. If you think you meet the criteria, please contact your primary care provider directly or call 503-814-0099 to make an appointment at one of our temporary respiratory clinics.
Should I come in for treatment?
- There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19.
- If you have an emergency, you should go to the nearest ER.
- If you experiencing symptoms, please stay home and care for yourself as you would for any other virus.
- If you are experiencing symptoms and need medical care, call your primary care provider. If you do not have a PCP, please call an urgent care clinic. It’s best if you call before going in anywhere so that health care professionals can assist
you in a plan that will reduce exposure to others.
Should I wear a mask?
Masks are not necessary for healthy individuals. If you have respiratory symptoms like a cough or sneeze a mask is a great tool to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
How can I avoid COVID-19?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. You can help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19 by:
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoiding touching your face.
- Staying home as much as possible, especially if you are sick.
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throwing the tissue in the trash.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
Is the hospital canceling classes and support groups?
Yes. Most CHEC classes have been canceled. Preoperative educational classes such as joint replacement are being offered through remote options. Call the Community Health Education Center at 503-814-2432 for more information.
Community job shadows are suspended until further notice. All current participants have been notified. Applications are still being accepted, but scheduling will be delayed.
What is the policy for visitors at Salem Health facilities?
This policy continues to evolve as new information becomes available about COVID-19 in our community. As of March 15, 2020, we have put strict visitor policies in place. In general, only patients and those visitors who meet specific criteria are allowed until further notice. The full details of the policy are available here.
Where else can I get the most up-to-date information?
The most up-to-date Salem Health information will be under the "Latest news" tab above. The Oregon Health Authority has information and resources at oregon.gov/oha or by dialing 211. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is available at
cdc.gov. Both the OHA and CDC have newsletters you can subscribe to in order to get email updates straight to your inbox.