section-e1ddea5

Booster "Third Shots"

September 24, 2021:
Who is eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine Booster shot?

Due to the wide availability of vaccine in Island County, WhidbeyHealth will not be running a vaccine clinic for Booster doses.

 

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.

Important Information: 
  • As a vaccine provider, WhidbeyHealth has been asked to wait to administer booster/third doses until the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and Western Pact recommend booster/third doses.
    • An update will be provided once this approval has been provided.
  • Second and third doses are not recommended or authorized for those who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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.

#ivax2protect

Visitor Policy - Effective 8.23.2021

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:

  • With the exceptions for support persons as defined below, WhidbeyHealth facilities are closed to visitors.
  • Our West Wind Cafe and Gift Shop are temporarily closed to the public.
  • Every individual entering any WhidbeyHealth facility must use the self-service temperature check station.
  • Everyone entering any WhidbeyHealth facility must wear a mask.

Support Persons: Patients may have one adult support person accompany them when the patient:

  • Is a minor child
  • Has a cognitive handicap or an emergency situation impairing their cognition (some examples include but are not limited to: dementia, Alzheimer's, Autism, stroke-like symptoms)
  • Has a physical handicap for which their support person provides assistance
  • Has a developmental delay
  • Has a communication barrier such as deafness or needing a language translator
  • Is receiving end-of-life care

Note: Mothers in labor may have one support person and a certified doula.

Additional information about visitor restrictions are available here.

Monoclonal Antibody (mAb) Treatment

WhidbeyHealth Medical Center will offer Monoclonal Antibody (mAb) infusion therapy as we are able.

  • At this time there is a national shortage of mAbs treatment pharmaceuticals and WhidbeyHealth is not able to provide treatments.
  • We will resume when we are able. 

 

WhidbeyHealth mAbs Infusion Treatment
  • mAbs Treatment is offered to those with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms
  • An assessment by an Emergency Department provider is necessary
    • Call 360.678.7656 ext. 4601 to arrange for a scheduled arrival time.
    • Be prepared to show a copy of your positive test, if not performed at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center.

 

 

 

COVID-19 WIIFM

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.

Testing

Testing

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. 

Testing Locations: 

  • WhidbeyHealth Medical Center (Coupeville)

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.

MyWhidbeyHealth

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:

  • Access your health information from your mobile device
  • See your visit history
  • Review you Lab and Radiology results
  • Send your Summary of Care Report to a different provider or service
  • Access Discharge Summaries
  • View and request outpatient appointments (e.g. Radiology)
  • Request a Release of Information form for your entire hospital record

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 helpatmywhmc@whidbeyhealth.org.

  1. Visit whidbeyhealth.org
  2. Select on MyWhidbeyHealth (top right navigation area)
  3. Select Log In/Sign Up (under the HOSPITAL picture)
  4. Go to: "Don't have an account?" and select  Sign-up
  5. Enter Last Name, First Name, Date of Birth, and Email
  6. Select Submit
  7. Accept User Terms of Agreement
  8. The system will email you a link to log into the portal with a Temporary Password (good for 72 hours)
  9. Now create a Personal User ID and Password (both require two numbers, 4 characters minimum)
Don't put your health on hold
//whidbeyhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/cardiac-rehab-img-2.jpeg

Don't Put Your Health on Hold

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.

 

Washington Exposure Notifications (WA Notify)

Washington Exposure Notifications (WA Notify)

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.

General Definitions and Effective Processes

Definitions and Effective Processes for COVID-19

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:

  • If you have been in contact with a known COVID-19 positive person, testing is not recommended until you are symptomatic or at least five (5) days have passed since your potential exposure.
  • Using contact tracing, determined by Island County Department of Health, a close contact person will be recommended for testing, and be placed on quarantine for 14 days.
  • If it is suspected that you may be COVID-19 positive you may be placed on isolation instead of quarantine. If this is the case, Island County Department of Health will determine the time frame of your isolation and a case will be opened for further investigation.

Effective COVID-19 Quarantine Process:

  • People exposed to a known COVID-19 positive person are placed on quarantine for 14 days from the day of their exposure.
  • The final decision for quarantine duration is made by Island County Department of Health, and if you are placed on quarantine, ICDP will remain in contact with you throughout the quarantine process.
  • It is critical for your safety and the safety of our community, if you are placed on quarantine, and receive a negative test result, that you maintain quarantine for the full duration of the requested time. Testing only captures your state of health at the time of the test and it is possible to become sick anytime 14 days after exposure - so negative test quarantines are just as important to follow as positive test quarantines.
  • If a person in quarantine becomes ill, Island County Department of Health will help you get a Covid-19 test. This ill person will then be changed from quarantine status to isolation status.

Effective COVID-19 Isolation Process:

  • People are placed on isolation that are confirmed to be COVID-19 positive and want to keep them from exposing others.
  • People are placed on isolation that are confirmed to be COVID-19 positive or have many of the COVID-19 symptoms but have not been tested yet.
  • People placed on isolation should remain so for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or from a positive test result depending on a person's recovery time. Island County Public Health and WA Department of Health will help determine when the isolation can be discontinued.
  • If you are placed on isolation you should significantly minimize contact with others while recovering from the illness.
  • The isolation process can be safely stopped under the guidance of the Island County Department of Health. If you are placed on isolation please follow the instructions and guidance provided to you – there are different recovery benchmarks that must be met before the isolation process can safely end.

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.

  • Wear an appropriate face cover.
  • Wash and sanitize your hands frequently.
  • Avoid crowds (including non-household gatherings).
  • Limit travel outside of Island County.
COVID-19-FAQ

COVID-19 FAQ

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.

Still have questions? Send us a message via our Contact Us page or our Facebook.

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:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake up or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

This list does not include all possible symptoms. Please call 911 or go to the Emergency Department if you have severe symptoms.

How can I help
https://whidbeyhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/how-can-help-400x400.jpg

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

"It takes a village..." has never been more true.

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.

COVID NEWS

COVID NEWS

Community update:

August 19, 2021: We have received several inquiries regarding third (booster) shots of coronavirus vaccines. ...