WhidbeyHealth Medical Center will offer Monoclonal Antibody (mAb) infusion therapy as we are able.
September 20, 2021:
COVID vaccinations are strongly recommended for everyone who is eligible. It is safe, effective, and the most important step to protecting yourself and those around you. Getting vaccinated is urgent to combat the rapid spread of the delta variant which can cause serious illness and death.
On September 17, 2021, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) provided Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a third dose of mRNA vaccine for those 65+ and those who are at risk for severe disease. The third dose may be given at or after 6 months following the second dose.
Look here for CDC guidance for immunocompromised individuals.
In addition, the Washington State Department of Health has published this advice for immunocompromised individuals.
As always, guidance is provided based on the information we have at time of publication, and is subject to updating at any time.
Coronavirus is a highly contagious disease, usually transmitted from one person to another by droplets from a sneeze, or cough or even ordinary conversation.
In order to maintain the safest possible environment for patients and staff, the following precautions and visitor restrictions are in effect as of August 23, 2021:
Visitors & Screening:
Support Persons: Patients may have one adult support person accompany them when the patient:
Note: Mothers in labor may have one support person and a certified doula.
Additional information about visitor restrictions are available here.
Our Whidbey Island community has done a great job at flattening the curve and protecting each other from the spread of coronavirus. Putting an end to the pandemic is up to us - each of us - to take the necessary steps: Wash your hands. Wear a mask. Watch your distance.
There is one swabbing station in operation for our community at the Medical Center in Coupeville. Anyone can be tested, regardless of symptoms, if any. The hotline scheduler will arrange your appointment at the station most readily available to you. All swab testing must have a scheduled appointment. Please call the Advance Registration number (below) to schedule your appointment.
For those seeking testing for mild symptoms that can be managed, register for testing at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center. For those with more significant symptoms that cannot be managed at home, please stop by one of our Walk-In Clinic locations or our Emergency Department to be seen by a provider and evaluated for testing needs. COVID-19 testing at the WhidbeyHealth Walk-In Clinics in Clinton and Oak Harbor will NOT provide testing independent of a provider exam.
Advance registration is required to prevent waiting lines, help schedule adequate staff, and manage inventory of PPE and supplies. Call 360-240-4055 weekdays from 8:00am to 5:00pm to arrange your appointment.
We are currently experiencing higher than usual call volumes to our advanced registration line. Current wait times can be up to an hour, specifically during the morning hours. To reduce hold times, please be prepared to verify/update your demographic and insurance information. Advanced registration cannot provide medical advise - please contact your provider with any medical questions.
We understand that our community would like prompt test screening and receipt of the test results. Your health is paramount to everything we do at WhidbeyHealth and we will do everything possible to ensure the fastest turn-around time possible for your testing and results. Please follow the above guidelines to obtain testing. Please do not arrive to WhidbeyHealth Medical Center and try to obtain a test through our Emergency Department unless you are experiencing symptoms that you cannot manage at home.
Call 911 if you have severe symptoms such as a very high fever, difficulty breathing, or inability to eat or drink.
Please note that health insurers may not cover testing for people without symptoms or a recent exposure to a known infected person. You may be responsible for the $156 cost for your test. We suggest that you call your insurance provider with questions.
Upon arrival at the swabbing station at a clinic, please stay in your car and park at the designated spots for COVID-19 testing. At the medical center, follow signs to the drive-thru lane near the Health Education Center. Place your car in park and turn off the ignition.
The procedure involves swirling a swab into both nostrils. The swab is about the size of an ordinary Q-tip, much smaller than previous testing technologies.
Certified laboratories on the mainland process the swab specimens. Timing to get results from our lab partners is generally 24-72 hours but can fluctuate due to statewide demand.
If your test is positive for coronavirus, you will receive a phone call from both Island County Department of Health and WhidbeyHealth staff. You will be advised the next steps you should take to begin your recovery in quarantine or isolation. Patients receiving a positive test result can get their results on the MyWhidbeyHealth hospital portal. Patients who have a negative test result will not receive a call, and can get their results on the MyWhidbeyHealth hospital portal.
If you do not have an account on the patient portal, sign up at MyWhidbeyHealth to register. Choose the hospital portal, not the clinic portal. The portal allows patients and approved family members to:
How Can You Enroll? You must have been a patient and have a valid email address on file in order to sign-up. Patients must be 13 years of age or older. If the hospital doesn't have your current email address, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are taking additional steps to keep all of our facilities safe and hygienically clean to protect both patients and staff.
All patients and staff are required to wear masks, wash their hands frequently and practice social distancing when possible.
Don’t delay addressing health concerns, even during the current pandemic. Putting off treatment may worsen your condition. If you feel unwell, contact your provider or a WhidbeyHealth clinic near you.
WhidbeyHealth is working with Island County Department of Health and the Washington State Department of Health to help slow the spread of COVID-19 across the county and state. We’ve taken steps to protect the health and safety of our employees throughout this pandemic, and we are continuing to look for opportunities to work with public health agencies to benefit our Whidbey Island community and beyond.
On November 30, Washington State launched WA Exposure Notifications (WA Notify). It uses smartphones to alert users if they may have been exposed to COVID-19. It is completely private, and doesn’t know or track who you are or where you go.
How does it work?
When you enable WA Notify, your smartphone exchanges random, anonymous codes with the phones of people you are near who have also enabled WA Notify. The app uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to exchange these random codes without revealing any information about you. If another WA Notify user you’ve been near in the last two weeks, later tests positive for COVID-19 and adds their verification code to the app, you’ll get an anonymous notification that you’ve had a possible exposure. This lets you get the care you need quickly and helps prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to the people around you.
How do I get WA Notify on my phone?
On an iPhone: Go to settings > Scroll down to Exposure Notifications > Click "Turn on Exposure Notifications" > Select United States > Select Washington
On an Android Phone: Go to the Google Play Store > Download the Washington Exposure Notifications app
For more information about Washington Exposure Notifications please visit https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/WANotify.
With the rise of positive COVID-19 cases throughout our County, we want to make sure our community receives the testing they need, information about quarantine, and our recommendations to avoid exposure in the most transparent way possible. In this section you will find definitions and effective actions for COVID-19 related processes.
Close Contact Exposure: is identified as exposure to a COVID-19 positive person within a 6 foot distance for a total of 15 minutes over a twenty four (24) hour period and applies to any scenario when contact like this is made. The exposure timeline begins two (2) days before the COVID-19 positive person is showing any symptoms or they receive a positive test result.
General COVID-19 Testing:
Effective COVID-19 Quarantine Process:
Effective COVID-19 Isolation Process:
General Safety Recommendations:
Following these guidelines will help slow the spread of COVID-19 as most of the spread is directly linked to social gatherings and lack of face covers.
Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about COVID-19 and Coronavirus.
It is important to understand that information about Coronavirus changes very frequently. We will do our best to keep information here up to date.
Yes! Safety for our patients and staff is our first priority. Proactive measures include: fever screening on entry, universal use of masks by everyone including patients, and staff is equipped with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) appropriate for any treatment or procedure.
Every WhidbeyHealth facility is configured to make spatial distancing easy. In addition to aggressive cleaning by our Environmental Services team, we have implemented dry fogging disinfecting system to eliminate pathogens beyond the reach of sprays, wipes or UV lights.
The best thing to do is contact your primary care provider to discuss testing. Call the Coronavirus Hotline to register for swabbing: 360-240-4055.
People who are infected may have many combinations of symptoms including a fever over 100*F, alternating chills and sweating, shortness of breath, a new cough, and/or severe fatigue. This list does not include all possible symptoms. If you are concerned, contact your Primary Care Provider.
Immediately call 911 if you or a family member is experiencing:
This list does not include all possible symptoms. Please call 911 or go to the Emergency Department if you have severe symptoms.
Neighbors and friends all over Whidbey Island have risen up in support of the neighbors and friends at WhidbeyHealth who fight for the lives of COVID-19 patients and are working contain the disease.
From homemade masks to raising money for PPE to feeding our teams, we have been inspired by your support and are deeply grateful.
This fight is not over, and will continue for the foreseeable future. There are many ways to help, including donations to the WhidbeyHealth Foundation, and many non-monetary contributions of time and resources. Click here to learn more about how you can make a difference.