We understand that members of our community are concerned about the risk of exposure to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As of today (3/18/2020), there have been 3 confirmed cases of coronavirus in San Bernardino County. BVCHD is monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and is working closely with local and state health agencies, other regional hospitals, and the Centers for Disease Control to monitor and implement the most current guidelines.
The safety of our patients, visitors, employees, and physicians remains our highest priority. BVCHD has prepared a plan for the screening, isolation, and initial care of patients who seek treatment for the coronavirus or other infectious diseases.
At this time the District will be closing or limiting the following services:
- Daytime classes at the Mom and Dad Project have been cancelled. Evening classes will be held online only.
- The Smoking Cessation and Diabetes community education programs have been cancelled until further notice.
- Dental services at the Rural Health Clinic and Family Health Center have been cancelled for at least 3 weeks.
- Mercy Air is operating as usual following all recommended COVID 19 precautions/guidelines.
- Support groups such as SMART Recovery and Grief Support are cancelled until further notice.
- Physical Therapy is open for treatment, also working with patients who are high risk to cancel and reschedule appointments for a later date.
- Elective surgeries cancelled, to be scheduled for a later date.
- Imaging services is requesting Providers not to order non-essential exams, this includes screening mammograms, annual wellness x-rays. We will schedule these to a later date.
- Laboratory services requests only essential labs be ordered, currently BVCHD lab does not have the supplies/capacity to test every COVID 19 request, testing will be completed on patients determined the greatest risk.
- The hospital is not allowing visitors into any clinical areas including the Emergency Department, Inpatient Unit, Skilled Nursing Facility, and outpatient clinics. One parent or caregiver may be allowed, and exceptions to the visitation restrictions will be made on a case by case basis. Please contact the hospital (909) 866-6501 if you have concerns regarding visiting patients.
- New emergency department admitting and triage procedures will be implemented as soon as procedure finalized.
- We are implementing a No “Walk-in appointment” policy, you may get a same day appointment, however we are requesting you call the clinic, Family Health Clinic (909) 878-8246, Physical Therapy (909) 878-8222 and schedule a visit over the phone.
- All outpatients will be briefly screened prior to admission for an appointment to any BVCHD clinic.
Patients who are concerned that they have symptoms of the coronavirus should contact their primary care provider by telephone to discuss their symptoms. Most people infected with the novel coronavirus have mild cold symptoms. A small fraction of people, however, may require more intensive care. Patients who are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus and experiencing increased shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing should come to the Emergency Department. If time allows, please notify the hospital ahead of time so that we can prepare for your arrival. At this time BVCHD has a limited supply of coronavirus tests which are limited to patients who are critically ill and meet guidelines set by the public health department.Leave a reply →