30 Jul Forks Community Hospital Status Report for Forks & West End
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
News and Information
- Schedule your mammogram today and when it is completed you will be able to choose between two amazing gifts. Gifts are given on a first come, first-served basis. Call 360.327.8090.
- Influenza Vaccinations are available for ages 6 months and over. The high dose for patients 65 and older is out of stock at Forks Community Hospital at this time.
- Forks Community Hospital would like to welcome back Kyle Connery and Kellie Hansen to Physical Rehabilitation. They originally came to us as travelers and returned to us as contracted employees. We are happy they are back and know many patients missed them.
- From Department of Transportation
- Lake Crescent HWY 101 Project at La Poel:
- Work will continue with culvert backfill
- Paving is scheduled for Wednesday, weather permitting.
- Drivers should expect up to a 30 minute delay with flaggers guiding them through an alternating single lane, during weekday work hours.
- Lake Crescent HWY 101 Project at La Poel:
- Influenza Vaccinations are available. Call for a shot appointment today.
- Bogachiel Medical Clinic – 360.374.6998
- Clallam Bay Medical Clinic – 360.963.2202
- Forks Family Medical – 360.374.3280
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COVID-19 TESTING AT FORKS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
- Forks Community Hospital IS NOT A COVID-19 TESTING CENTER. Forks Community Hospital is a Public Hospital with Rural Health Clinics.
- COVID-19 testing must be ordered by a provider.
- Forks Community Hospital follows Department of Health guidelines for testing and does not recommend ordering testing until 5 to 7 days after a true exposure* to COVID-19 or 24 hours after the onset of non-life threatening symptoms to allow time for the viral load to develop (amount of virus in the blood cells). This will increase the accuracy of the COVID-19 test and lower the probability of a false negative. *A true exposure is defined as being less than 6 feet from a person that has been confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days, for longer than 15 minutes, without wearing a facial covering.
- Patients who develop COVID-19 symptoms or patients experiencing shortness of breath will be tested as the provider deems necessary.
- Forks Community Hospital recommends that at least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery* prior to returning to work. * Recovery is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- It is not necessary to be tested after a positive COVID-19 test; you can remain positive for many weeks but will no longer be contagious.
- What type of COVID-19 test is used at Forks Community Hospital? What is the turnaround time and accuracy of the test used?
- Forks Community Hospital Laboratory performs COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) testing using the “gold standard” method: Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) that detects viral DNA in specimens collected from the nasopharyngeal cavity.
- The procedure takes 45 minutes and is performed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- The test detects 98% of COVID-19 Positives and 100% of COVID-19 Negatives.
- If you have general health information questions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. No private medical information, please.
General Health Question of the Day
- I am traveling to a state that requires a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding the plane; can I get my test at Forks Community Hospital?
- Forks Community Hospital follows Department of Health guidelines and all testing must be ordered by a provider based on patient symptoms.
- COVID-19 Testing Centers provide tests to non-symptomatic patients.
- Call Department of Health at 360.417.2274 for all information regarding COVID-19, COVID-19 testing options, and testing center locations.
- Thank youLuis Hunley, your continued partnership allows us to serve our community.
- Here is a link to the 211 website for non-emergency assistance, as outlined in a separate information release: win211.org. If you would like to speak with a live person, call 833-492-0834.
- The Clallam County Hotline number is 360-417-2430.
- A toll free line has been established for those also in need. Whether child care, food or prescription delivery, mental health or any other need, people can call 1-833-492-0834 for referral to assistance.
- Forks Food Bank is located at 181 Bogachiel Way in Forks. The Food Bank is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. P.O. Box 763 Forks, WA 98331
- Forks Food Bank has become the Northwest Harvest and Food Lifeline box distribution hub. Boxes arrive shortly before the food bank opens. For more information call 360.640.8211.
- The County Emergency Operations Center is operational Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
- Forks Abuse, located at 81 S 2nd Ave, Forks, WA has a food pantry outside and is accepting donations daily.
- The Caring Place has diapers available for families in need. Call 360.374.5010
- In response to COVID-19, Washington has launched Washington Listens, a support program and phone line to help people manage elevated levels of stress due to the pandemic. People who call the Washington Listens support line will speak with a support specialist and get connected to community resources in their area. The program is anonymous. The Washington Listens support line is 1-833-681-0211. It is available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. TTY and language access services are available by using 7-1-1 or their preferred method.
- ImHurting Crisis Chat is a service offered through Volunteers of America Western Washington. Their toll-free 24-hour crisis hotline number is 1-888-910-0416. The 24-hour crisis online chat is at imhurting.org.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-8255 and is available 24 hours a day
- West End Outreach Services continues to be open regular business hours. Our providers are offering all behavioral health services over the telephone so the community can continue to “Stay Home and Stay Safe.”
- West End Outreach Services are available by phone at (360)374-5011
- Monday and Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Updated 10.14.2020 @1:30 pm
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