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How serious is Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center taking the threat of the novel coronavirus? These 9 fast facts help tell the story.

Published online: Apr 01, 2020 Articles, East Idaho Health
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As the regional referral hospital for southeast Idaho, western Wyoming and southern Montana, EIRMC continues to receive patients from other hospitals who require a higher level of care.

EIRMC was recently notified by St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson that they received positive test results on two patients they tested before transfer to EIRMC.  Because St. John’s performed the tests prior to each transfer, both patients were treated like a “Person Under Investigation” (PUI) during transport and from the moment they hit the EIRMC doors. 

Since EIRMC had foreknowledge of their arrival, both patients were immediately isolated and placed in appropriate droplet precautions upon arrival to the medical center.  

The public health jurisdiction affiliated with a positive patient’s home address reports the positive in their tally, and is responsible for the epidemiological investigation.  These will not appear on the Eastern Idaho Public Health tally for Bonneville County.  

Given EIRMC’s regional scope, a patient surge at EIRMC can occur without widespread COVID-19 in Bonneville County.  

As EIRMC continues to receive patients from outside the state, the hospital’s reported data will not match the data reported by public health districts in Idaho. 

For the last month, EIRMC leaders have prepared on multiple fronts, including surge planning for ER and ICU; continuing education for nurses, physicians and other caregivers on appropriate clinical protocols; and ensuring availability of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Temperature checks are being conducted for all people who enter EIRMC, including employees, physicians and designated visitors.

There are no visitors allowed at EIRMC, except for specific exceptions.

Source material: Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center


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