Notice about coronavirus (COVID-19)
How to get care
COVID-19 symptoms that may occur 2-14 days after exposure to the virus include coughing and shortness of breath, or at least two of the following: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle or body aches, headache, runny nose, nausea, diarrhea, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.
- For emergencies, call 911. Emergency warning signs include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face.
- For mild symptoms, call our COVID-19 hotline at 541-789-2813.
- For urgent care, start a video visit on your mobile device with the MyChart app.
Start a Video Visit
Visitor restrictions are in effect to protect our patients and visitors while COVID-19 remains a public health threat.
Hospital Visitor Policy
On Monday, April 6, Asante started in-house testing for COVID-19 for patients who are hospitalized in one of our three hospitals. The turnaround time on test results is often within 24 hours.
Asante is currently operating a COVID-19 specimen collection site in Medford, and the specimens will be sent to a commercial lab for testing. You must have a doctor's order (call your doctor or schedule a video visit through MyChart) and bring it with you. Directions to the site will be given to you by your doctor.
Asante has adequate supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to care for patients at present.
However, we need your help to ensure that our supplies remain sufficient during the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Asante Foundation is coordinating community donations of PPE to help protect employees, caregivers, patients and the community.
Learn more or donate at the Asante Foundation.
Resuming Care for non-emergent and elective procedures
As of May 1, 2020, Asante met Oregon state guidelines to resume non-emergent and elective procedures at our hospitals at no more than half of our pre-COVID-19 capacity. Beginning on June 1, 2020, Asante may operate at up to full capacity so long as state guidelines are met.
This is welcome news for patients whose care may have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Depending on capacity restrictions, we may still need to prioritize non-emergent and elective procedures based on whether a continued delay will have an adverse medical outcome for a patient.
When should I get care?
If you have COVID-19 symptoms that are not manageable at home, please call our COVID-19 hotline at (541) 789-2813.
Please do not visit your doctor's office in person for COVID-19 symptoms. To schedule an appointment with a physician, start an urgent care video visit on your mobile device. For emergencies, call 911.
If you have a minor cold, there is no need to seek care or testing for COVID-19.
The severity of COVID-19 symptoms can range from very mild to severe. Most cases of the respiratory disease are mild, like a common cold. People who are older or have existing medical conditions such as heart disease, asthma or diabetes may be at a higher risk for serious illness.
Should I be treated at home or in a hospital?
Most cases of the COVID-19 infection are mild and can be self-treated at home.
Medical treatment at hospitals is limited to relieving symptoms. There is currently no vaccine or anti-viral medication available to treat COVID-19.
How can I stay well?
You can reduce your risk of becoming infected by COVID-19 by following these guidelines:
- Increase hand washing with soap and water.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Avoid sharing dishes, glasses, bedding and other handheld items like pens.
- Stay home from work, school and events at the first sign of illness.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue.
How can I help?
Please give blood
The effects of COVID-19 are having an enormous impact on the blood supply in Southern Oregon, as well as across the country.
This shortage will ultimately affect our patients — the very people who rely on us to provide them with the best care possible.
The need for blood is urgent. Please encourage your family and friends to donate blood if they are healthy and able.
Go to American Red Cross to schedule an appointment in your area.
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