COVID-19 Coronavirus Response

 

Visitation Policy: One designated visitor per patient, per day.

Exceptions made for certain circumstances, with prior approval.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility

Vaccine Waitlist Hotline: 509-493-1051

On April 15, everyone 16 and older became eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Skyline Health will be working very hard to ensure we have enough vaccine each week to accommodate the need. Please note: we can only vaccinate those age 16 and 17 if we are offering the Pfizer vaccine. The Moderna vaccine is available for those 18 and older. It is uncertain each week which vaccine will be available to Skyline.

If you are eligible and live in Klickitat County or Underwood, we encourage you to call our COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 509-493-1051 to be placed on our waiting list (please refrain from calling any other Skyline Health phone number). Simply leave us a message with your full name, phone number, date of birth and county of residence. You will receive a call back once we know how much vaccine is available and can begin scheduling appointments. Due to our high call volume, please leave only one message. We appreciate both your patience and enthusiasm!

Vaccination Tracker 4/30/21

4,505 – Vaccinations administered

2,494 – People who have received the first dose

2,011 – People who have received the second does


Click here for Washington COVID-19 Exposure Notification App – WA Notify

Click here for a COVID-19 Screening Tool

For information on the COVID-19 Vaccine, visit:


What about the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
At Skyline Health the safety and well-being of our patients, our staff and our community is our number one priority. We want to share up-to-date information and helpful resources related to the coronavirus outbreak.

What is it?
The coronavirus is a newly discovered virus first identified in Wuhan, China. This virus can cause health issues ranging from the common cold to severe pneumonia. COVID-19, short for coronavirus disease 2019, is the name of the disease caused by the virus.

How does it spread?
This virus can spread from person to person, mostly between those who are in close contact (within 6 feet), through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Common symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

What are the best steps for prevention?
To stop the spread of COVID-19, health experts say to:

  • Stay home when you are sick. Avoid contact with sick people and stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it away, followed by thorough handwashing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.

Feeling sick?
Mild symptoms: The CDC and state health authorities recommend that you stay home until you feel well. If your symptoms worsen, and you have questions about your medical care, contact your primary care provider.

Severe symptoms: If you develop more severe symptoms, like shortness of breath, high fever, or changes in consciousness, we recommend you go to your nearest emergency room (please call ahead if possible) or call 911.

Guidance for higher risk individuals
The CDC has identified that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. This includes older people and people with serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

If you or your loved one are in one of these groups, in addition to the general disease prevention tips listed above, here are some additional precautions to take.

  • Avoid crowded places where you may be in contact with sick people, such as malls, movie theaters, large gatherings, cruises, etc. Avoid hospitals or nursing homes unless you are there to receive medical care.
  • Have a plan for what to do if you or your caregiver gets sick. Stay in touch with others by phone or email. You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, community health workers, etc., if you become sick.
  • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you think you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.

Who should be tested for COVID-19?
Your healthcare provider, following guidelines established from the Washington Department Health, will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.

COVID-19 – Cost of Testing

Check with your insurance provider as a testing may be covered.

COVID-19 Test – There are numerous types of COVID-19 tests. Cost ranges from $40 to $340 depending on the type of test your provider ordered.

Want more information?

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, or how the virus is spread, please call 1-800-525-0127. Phone lines are currently staffed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m, seven days a week. Please note that this call center cannot access COVID-19 testing results. For testing inquiries or results, please contact your health care provider.