Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Information
Page updated Sept. 22, 2021
Lourdes Health is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, volunteers and visitors. We are continuing to monitor the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking the necessary steps to ensure we are fully prepared to care for patients, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in partnership with our local and state health departments.
Below are a number of resources to help educate you and your family on COVID-19. For more information on the virus, please contact the health department.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. These droplets and particles can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, noses, or mouth. In some circumstances, they may contaminate surfaces they touch. People who are closer than 6 feet from the infected person are most likely to get infected.
COVID-19 most often causes respiratory symptoms that can feel much like a cold, a flu, or pneumonia, but COVID-19 can also harm other parts of the body. Most people who catch COVID-19 have mild symptoms, but some people become severely ill. If someone is showing any of these signs*, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, follow the steps below to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community.
- Stay at home (except to get medical care).
- Separate yourself from others.
- Monitor your symptoms.
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when around others.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Wash your hands often.
- Clean high-touch surfaces every day.
- Avoid sharing personal household items.
COVID-19 Online Risk Assessment:
To help support the health of our community, we are providing access to an online COVID-19 risk assessment developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This tool does NOT provide a diagnosis, and it should NOT be used as a substitute for an assessment made by a healthcare provider.
Lourdes Health Visitor Policy
Out of an abundance of caution, Lourdes Health is currently limiting visitors and entry points to the hospital. Click below to learn more about the current Lourdes Health visitor policy, entry points, masking requirements, and screening.
Additional Information & Resources:
Below are a number of resources to help educate you and your family on COVID-19.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Benton-Franklin Health District
- Washington State Department of Health
- COVID-19 Vaccine Locator
- Symptoms of COVID-19
- Respiratory Illness Symptoms – What Should I do?
- Tengo síntomas de una enfermedad respiratoria.* ¿Qué debo hacer?
- Cloth Face Covering Instructions and Guidance From CDC
- Supporting Efforts to Keep Our Community Healthy
- Joint Statement from area hospitals & Benton-Franklin Health District
- Any 2 Will do: An Open Letter to the Community