Sky Lakes President and CEO Paul Stewart's updates on what the medical center is doing and what individuals should be doing.
According to COVID Act Now, the "point of no return" is this week.
Sky Lakes CEO Paul Stewart said the potential effects of COVID-19 are "terrifying." His commentary outlines steps people can take to help prevent its spread. Watch the video (3 min.).
More from Paul Stewart: "We are taking strong actions so we can further 'flatten the curve' of this pandemic and slow the spread of COVID-19. Our best defense against a disastrous spread of this disease is isolating the chances of exposure. Among other things that means social distancing -- a physical distance of at least 6 feet -- and avoiding crowded spaces.
"Be calm and be prudent, but please take this situation very seriously.
The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented but not unexpected, and Sky Lakes will be ready."
Thermal screening: On Thursday, March 19, Sky Lakes will begin screening people coming into Sky Lakes facilities for temperature as well as asking them if they have a cough. Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees and not requiring medical care will be turned away.
Elective procedures: Also, Sky Lakes Medical Center will suspend all elective surgeries, procedures and therapies starting Friday, March 20. All urgent and emergent care/cases will still be performed.
Who gets tested? Criteria developed by OHSU (PDF)
Sky Lakes on Tuesday, March 17, tightened visitor restrictions to help slow the spread of the virus. Read more.
A story by the Washington Post explains why outbreaks like this coronavirus spread so quickly.
The Klamath County Public Health provides up-to-date information regarding the respiratory disease.
The current situation in Oregon, according to the Oregon Health Authority.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website has important information.
Coronavirus and COVID-19 myths busted by the WHO.
Print and post the Stop the Spread of Germs poster (PDF).
Patient education: COVID-19 basics (PDF)
Sky Lakes visitation rules, flu testing site information.
For healthcare professionals
Optimizing N95 supplies (PDF)