St. Luke’s is committed to doing everything we can to ensure your safety and that of the general public. We are diligently working to address the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic in our community. By limiting our visitors and implementing screening protocols, we are working to ensure the health and safety of everyone in our facilities. These measures are intended to allow hospitals to be prepared for the anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases as well as to limit patient and caregiver exposure. We have also established a hotline at 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537), option 7, to offer advice and help connect you with the resources you need during this pandemic.
The safety and wellbeing of our community is of the highest priority to us. We understand that you may feel anxious about the spread of COVID-19, but we want to assure you that we are closely monitoring the situation in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), and we are developing solutions to best serve our patients, staff and community.
To help protect yourself and others, follow CDC recommendations to take commonsense measures, such as:
- Perform hand hygiene with soap and water or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol often, but especially after going to the bathroom, after blowing your nose/coughing/sneezing, before eating and after coming into contact with a potentially contaminated public surface
- Avoid touching your face
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid unnecessary crowd exposure
- Wear a mask when you go out in public
- Stay home when you are sick. Call your health care provider’s office in advance of a visit
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water
- Know where to find local information on COVID-19 and local trends of COVID-19 cases
- Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if symptomatic
- Limit movement in the community
- Limit visitors
- Know what additional measures those at higher risk and who are vulnerable should take.
- Create a household plan of action in case of illness in the household or disruption of daily activities due to COVID-19 in the community
- Consider a 2-week supply of prescription and over the counter medications, food and other essentials. Know how to get food delivered if possible
- Establish ways to communicate with others (e.g., family, friends, co-workers)
- Establish plans to telecommute, what to do about childcare needs, how to adapt to cancellation of events
- Stay informed about your municipality’s and state’s emergency plans
- Know about emergency operations plans for schools/workplaces of household members