St Michael Medical Center COVID-19 Community Update
- Current restrictions include:
- No visitors with the following exceptions
- One visitor at a time for beginning-of-life
- One visitor at a time for end-of-life
- No visitors with the following exceptions
- Children 12 and under are restricted from visiting
- All approved visitors:
- Must use designated entrances
- Will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms
- Will be asked to complete hand hygiene upon entry
- Must wear a mask while inside the building
- Are encouraged to maintain physical distancing (at least six feet apart from others)
Clinic visitor restrictions:
- For everyone's protection, we are restricting visitors from accompanying patients to an appointment. Accommodations will be made for minors and special circumstances.
- We ask that you provide your own mask and wear it upon entering a CHI Franciscan location. If you do not have a mask, we will provide one for you.
- Please, do NOT come to your appointment if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, or have had close, in-person contact with someone who has tested positive for the COVID virus within the past 14 days. If symptoms are severe, call 911 or go directly to one of our COVID-19 Triage Centers, Urgent Cares or Emergency Services departments.
Updated: September 11, 2020
CHI Franciscan and St. Michael Medical Center continue to work closely with county and state public health authorities to address COVID-19 cases. At this time, we are temporarily limiting visitors and limiting procedures to urgent and emergent cases at both our Bremerton and Silverdale campuses. This is to ensure our facilities maintain adequate staff capacity to serve our community, including providing care for those with COVID-19 and other urgent medical conditions.
The four affected units at St. Michael are now reopened. Kitsap County Public Health continue to clear employees to return to work; 18 employees remain quarantined. Out of an abundance of caution we have tested over 2,300 staff member and are continuing to surveillance test approximately 800 employees each week. Any employee with an illness or flu-like symptoms is asked to stay home. We are grateful for the tireless and selfless efforts of all of our employees.
In conjunction with Kitsap County Public Health and the Washington State Department of Health, we continue to investigate the cause of the infection, perform contact tracing and work closely with public health authorities to address the situation as quickly as possible.
Steps we are taking:
- Patient COVID testing
- Testing all patients for COVID-19 before scheduled procedures.
- Testing all admitted patients for COVID-19 prior to discharge from the hospital.
- Suspected and confirmed COVID patients are placed in an appropriate isolation room.
- Employee COVID testing
- Expanded testing to all staff, providers and contractors in addition to the daily screenings that already occur before entering the facility.
- Additional Employee Health resources established to support contact tracing and employee notifications of results.
- As with all hospitals, we typically receive test results within 3-5 days from several different providers, including the University of Washington.
- Contact tracing to identify source(s) of infection and those who may have been in contact with a confirmed case.
- Following existing Employee Health office notification process in place for all employee testing results.
- Paid leave
- Employees who are sent home as a result of potential work exposure to COVID-19 are eligible for administrative pay.
- Adjusting staffing levels
- Temporarily limiting procedures to urgent and emergent cases in order to ensure safe staffing levels and to prioritize emergencies and urgent medical needs.
- Implementing additional education and re-training on the current CDC and industry standards for all hospital staff, providers and contractors.
- Increasing levels of N95 respirators and other PPE in nursing units and various departments to ensure real-time access.
- Re-inventoried all CAPR/PAPR respirators to ensure full functionality.
- Additional resources established to fit test respirators (N95s) for employees.
- These are not normal times and PPE is in high demand worldwide. CHI Franciscan has approximately 30-500+ days of all PPE on hand and share resources across the network.
- PPE levels are posted on the CHI Franciscan intranet page and updated regularly for all staff to see.
- The birth center at Silverdale and Emergency Services departments at both hospitals remain open. Patients should not delay seeking care if they are facing emergencies, such as symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, or injuries like broken bones.
- Staff are following all public health and CDC PPE guidance when caring for patients as well as rigorous daily cleaning protocols.
- Patients with scheduled non-urgent procedures will be contacted to reschedule.
- In consultation with public health authorities, we are implementing repeat testing of all patients in the hospital, as well as testing all St. Michael employees, providers, contracted staff and vendors.
- Increased visitor restrictions to limit potential exposure.
- We are notifying all patients prior to entry of the situation at the hospital.
- We have contacted patients and visitors with potential exposure by phone and written letter and will continue if any additional exposures are identified.
COVID-19 safety guidance
- The best way to limit the spread of COVID-19 and stay healthy is to follow all public health guidance for social distancing, mask wearing and frequent hand washing.
- Here are health and safety recommendations for common activities people might engage in this summer.
- Here are resources to learn about getting tested and safety getting care when you need it.
Ongoing infection prevention procedures at St. Michael Medical Center
- Additional cleaning of the entire unit by trained staff following infection control procedures. This includes disinfection of all horizontal and frequently touched surfaces.
- Removing any employees with symptoms or suspected exposure from work and testing them.
- Universal masking in effect for everyone in the hospital, including all patients, staff, and visitors.
- All public, inpatient, outpatient and surgical service areas have implemented physical distancing standards.
- Meticulous hand hygiene for all staff.
- Staff are following all public health PPE guidance when caring for patients, including universal eye protection such as goggles or face shields.
- Rigorous daily cleaning protocols.
- Screening all staff,
visitors, and patients before they enter our facilities.
- Testing all patients
for COVID-19 before scheduled procedures.
- Suspected and
confirmed COVID patients are placed in an appropriate isolation room.