Kootenai Health is working to manage this rapidly evolving situation. Please read.
The Panhandle Health District has a hotline dedicated to assisting the public. If you have any questions about coronavirus or think you may be displaying symptoms, call 1-877-415-5225. Please call this number before visiting a physician’s office or emergency department.
Think you may have coronavirus? Here’s what to do.
- Process for Screening for COVID-19 (as of 3/2/2020)
- If you have:
- Fever (greater than 100.4) and lower respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing) and have traveled to affected areas within the previous 14 days or have had close contact with lab-confirmed COVID-19 patient within previous 14 days, please call the Panhandle Health District hotline at 1-877-415-5225.
- If you believe you have Coronavirus/COVID-19 based on meeting all of these criteria and need emergency care, please call the Emergency Department prior to arrival at (208) 625-5700. Staff will direct you to our screening tent on the south side of the hospital, near the emergency department.
- If you have:
Kootenai Health is actively working on preparedness for COVID-19/Coronavirus. The situation is rapidly changing.
Guidelines to the public:
- Avoid the emergency room unless it’s essential. The emergency room is trying to limit any possible exposure and serve those with critical needs.
- Stay home if you’re sick – even if symptoms are mild.
- Practice good personal hygiene habits, including handwashing, coughing into your elbow, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Most up to date information on this rapidly changing situation can be found on the CDC website.
You can also receive Idaho-specific updates at coronavirus.idaho.gov.
Important to note about the illness:
- Most people with COVID-19 will have mild illness
- Not everyone needs to be tested and testing is limited due to supply shortages
- We are actively working on plans to care for patients with severe coronavirus
- High-risk patients for severe coronavirus disease are older and have comorbidities (other health issues)
There are currently shortages of the tools to test (swabs) and the availability of labs to perform tests (only certain labs with certain capabilities/analyzers can perform the test).
If you are tested based on criteria, you must self isolate until your test results return. If you do not meet the criteria to be tested but are still ill, you should self isolated as least 72 hours after your symptoms have resolved.
Kootenai Health is working closely with Panhandle Health District and the county on preparedness.
To see the most up to date information from our local health district please see their website: panhandlehealthdistrict.org.
We have had a tremendous outpouring of generosity for homemade masks. Thank you to all who have donated! We have reached our goal and are asking our community to hold off on any additional homemade masks for now. We may have a new request in the future but we want to regroup with our team and see what we may need next. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please visit the Kootenai Health Foundation webpage.