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Latest Barton Health Efforts to Prevent COVID-19 Community Spread

Posted: 03/12/2020

Barton Health Community Advisory: March 12, 2020

Barton Health continues its work with county and state health agencies to provide care and limit the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. The health and safety of community members and care providers is Barton’s top priority, and with the increasing person-to-person transmission of COVID-19, the arrival of the coronavirus in the local area is likely. Barton has implemented system-wide strategies to provide coordinated care while mitigating exposure to healthcare workers and vulnerable patient populations.

A 24/7 Barton COVID-19 Health Line, 530.600.1999, has been established for the general public to call if experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness such as fever, coughing, sneezing, or shortness of breath. Health Line callers can ask questions and be scheduled for screening, testing and medical care at Barton’s referral-only respiratory screening center. This standalone facility was recently opened to provide a safe screening location, increasing access to services for those in need while minimizing exposure to others, if referred by a medical provider.

Medical services at Barton Memorial Hospital and outpatient clinical offices are open; however, operational changes to protect healthcare workers and patients from potential exposure are in effect. These changes include:

  • Public access for general medical services to the hospital through the Front Lobby Monday - Saturday, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m and limiting access through the Emergency Department to Sundays only.
  • Barton’s 24/7 Emergency Department is accessible at the rear of the hospital for emergent medical services.
  • All visitors and patients are screened before entering the hospital’s facilities.
  • Outpatient lab work has been moved offsite to the 4th Street Express Lab, and hours have been extended to Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday, 7 a.m - 3 p.m.
  • Visitation to Barton’s Skilled Nursing Facility and Family Birthing Center has been restricted to protect vulnerable patients.
  • Non-essential public events, programs and classes have been suspended.
  • Barton’s volunteers have been released from their service at all locations until further notice.

Residents play an important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the community. The California Public Health Department recommends local businesses and residents implement social distancing strategies including avoiding events or areas with large groups and keeping a six-foot distance from others. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) advocates the best way to prevent infection of any virus, including COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed by practicing good hand hygiene and staying home if sick to protect others.

Barton is continuing to keep the public informed with the latest CDC prevention guidelines and COVID-19 updates on its website, Barton urges the general public to call its COVID-19 Health Line, 530.600.1999, with concerns.