Health Information

Novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new coronavirus that is different than the other coronaviruses that have been previously identified.

COVID-19 symptoms include cough and shortness of breath or at least 2 of the following symptoms:  fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache and/or new loss of taste or smell. It may take up to 2 or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus for symptoms to appear.  Most people will have mild symptoms but some will experience more severe symptoms.

COVID-19 is spread from person-to-person. When an infected person sneezes or coughs, respiratory droplets are released into the air and these droplets can land in the mouth, nose, or eyes of people who are nearby. Someone may spread the virus before they are showing symptoms of being sick, but they are thought to be most contagious when they are the sickest. COVID-19 is also thought to be transmitted by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes.

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The following groups of people are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19:

  • Older adults
  • People with HIV that currently have low CD4 counts
  • People with HIV not on HIV treatment (antiretroviral therapy or ART)
  • People living in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • People who have heart disease with complications
  • People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
  • People with severe obesity (body mass index (BMI of 40 or higher).   Use the CDC BMI calculator here:
  • People with diabetes
  • People with liver disease
  • People with renal disease
  • Pregnant women

The best way to protect yourself is to avoid exposure to the virus. 

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If that is not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. 
  • Stay home while you are sick, except to seek medical care, and avoid close contact with others.
  • Wear a cloth face covering to cover mouth and noise when going into a public setting (i.e. grocery store).
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes door handles, countertops, light switches, phones, toilets, keyboards, and remote controls. 

Call Before You Go

Most people can recover at home without the need for medical services. If you think that you need medical assistance call the clinic or Emergency Department BEFORE you go in and tell them your symptoms. This will allow staff to evaluate your condition and instruct you on how to enter the building. If you notice any of the following symptoms, seek medical attention immediately:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to rouse
  • Bluish lips or face

The Baker County Health Department is asking people with symptoms to stay home if they are not ill enough to seek medical attention. If you need medical attention, please contact your medical provider or the Emergency Department BEFORE you go in and tell them your symptoms to be assessed and get instructions of how to enter the facility. A medical provider will decide if you need tested for COVID-19. In Oregon, testing supplies are limited at this time. Testing is being conducted locally by medical providers for those that meet testing criteria. 

Oregon Health Authority recommends people with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 be considered for testing by their healthcare provider. The following groups  should be considered higher priority for testing:

  • Healthcare workers and first responders (EMS, public safety workers)
  • Residents, staff, children, or other people in a care facility or group living setting (e.g., healthcare facility, residential care facility, school, migrant or seasonal farm worker camp, child care of corrections).  When clinical laboratories have sufficient testing capacity, people in these settings without symptoms can also be considered for testing if a current disease clusters or outbreaks warrant.Patients older than 60 years of age
  • Workers who provide direct care of service in multiple group facilities or who provide in-home services (e.g., hospice care workers, physical or occupational therapists, in-home personal care workers, etc.)
  • Essential front-line service workers who have regular contact with large numbers of people (e.g., those working in grocery stores, pharmacies, food service, transportation delivery, and other critical infrastructure services)
  • Patients 60 years of age or older
  • Patients with underlying medical conditions, including, but not limited to hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung disease, and immunocompromising conditions
  • People who identify as Black, African-American, Latino, Latinx, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, Pacific Islander or as having a disability; data indicates that these communities are at higher risk from COVID-19 and associated complications due to long standing social and health inequities
  • People from linguistically diverse populations due to long standing social and health inequities
  • Pregnant women
  • Patients whose condition requires hospitalization
  • Patients who had contact with a suspect or lab-confirmed COVID-19 patient within 14 days of their symptom onset

St. Alphonsus Information:

Saint Alphonsus has provided an updated schedule regarding their curbside clinic. As of April 29, 2020, the curbside assessment was moved to the parking lot behind the physician’s clinic to the right of the Emergency Department parking lot. It will be operational from 8:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Monday-Friday.

St. Luke’s EOMA Information:

St. Luke’s EOMA is open Monday through Friday from 7-5 for scheduled appointments and Monday through Friday 8-4 and Saturday 8-12 for walk in clinic. We are currently using our walk-in clinic as a respiratory evaluation clinic and trying to keep patients with fever, cough, shortness of breath, and/or GI symptoms out of the clinic. If a patient with any of these symptoms comes to the clinic, we will ask them to wait in their cars and an MA/Provider will be out to speak with them. We have enhanced screening protocols at each entrance which require everyone (employee, patient, or visitor) to be checked off by an MA before entering. We are also doing telemedicine visits and if a patient thinks their concerns can be addressed through this video capability, they can call our main number at 541-523-1001 and we will help get that set up.

Follow these links for more information:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oregon Health Authority

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Interactive Map

March 2020 Archives:

Saint Alphonsus has provided an updated schedule regarding their curbside clinic, which can be obtained here. As of April 10, 2020, the curbside assessment was moved to the parking lot behind the physician’s clinic to the right of the Emergency Department parking lot. It will be operational from noon to 4:00 pm Monday-Friday.