Caregiver COVID-19 Resources

Caregiver COVID-19 Resources

Columbia Memorial Hospital is not the buildings or equipment. We are Columbia Memorial Hospital. We are the people who will show up every day in order to save our friends, neighbors and loved ones from the coronavirus COVID-19. You are a hero.

This webpage is just for CMH Caregivers. It’s a place where we can share information and resources to to help us care for our community, while keeping ourselves and others safe, and managing some of the fall-out that might be happening in our personal lives.

Masks/face coverings continue to be required at CMH for patients, caregivers and any visitors until notified otherwise. 

Regular EOC Updates


  • PPE
  • Clinical
  • Employee Health
  • COVID-19 Vaccines
  • HR & Operations
  • At Home

Protecting Yourself

Required Training

All CMH caregivers must complete OSHA-required safety training for COVID-19. Check your LMS for a list of the training modules you must complete. These are the current modules:

PPE Instructions and Information

CMH & Community Resources

Emotional Support:

We hear you! Thank you for allowing our clinical social work team to support you all during this very challenging time. We appreciate the work every CMH caregiver does to support our community, and we want to continue to help support you. Our social workers are great listeners and often have good resource suggestions!

Call us seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 971-286-0084.


Do You Need Financial Assistance?

The COVID-19 Caregiver Support fund helps employees experiencing a personal financial crisis who have exhausted all other avenues of assistance. Read More.

Financial Support:

Babysitting or Childcare:

Help finding childcare:

If you’re looking for childcare in Clatsop County, the NW Regional Child Care Resource and Referral program has compiled a list of early learning programs in the county.

The Oregon Department of Education’s early learning website has information about health and safety guidelines for childcare providers and resources for people looking for childcare.

The county has arranged childcare specifically for health care workers, first responders and other essential workers. This can be for regular childcare needs or it can be emergent, day-to-day needs that come up. They have asked that people let them know of any potential for emergent need, so they can be ready if needed.

  • Little Sprouts (Astoria): Infant/toddler and school aged children $$ Available for a cost, wait list 503-325-8669,
  • Warrior Care/Warrenton Prep (Warrenton): Children must be potty trained $$ Available for a cost, wait list 503-861-2281
  • Seaside School District (Seaside): Children ages 6-12 years old No Cost – available free
  • Learning Ladder Sunset Empire (Seaside): Infant to preschool aged children $$ Available for a cost 503-738-3311 ext. 125

If you’re still looking for childcare options, you can also call 211 as a resource. Please remember, child care facilities are currently legally required to prioritize essential health care workers.

  • Call: 211 or 1-866-698-6155, and listen for the child care prompt
  • Text: keyword “children” or “ninos” to 898211 (TXT211)

Help paying for childcare:

If you’re looking for help paying for childcare, you may qualify for Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) subsidies from the State of Oregon. The State of Oregon has expanded eligibility and removed copay requirements for Employment Related Day Care (EDRC), which helps families pay for child care while they’re working. Review the revised eligibility and application information to see if you qualify and how to apply.

You may also find some relief with one of these family support programs.

Phone Resources:

  • Oregon Information Hotline: 211; 24/7
  • Washington Information Hotline: 1-800-525-0127, press #; 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
  • Clatsop County Public Health Information Line: 503-325-8500 ext. 4921 (English); 503-325-8500 ext. 4925 (Spanish); M-F, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Pacific County Emergency Operations Center Call Center: 360-875-9407 or 360-642-9407; M-F, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Clinical Resources

Clinical Care Algorithms

Forms for Patients Being Tested for COVID-19

Please ask each patient being tested for COVID-19 (or their guardian) to fill out this form:

Nasopharyngeal Swab Collection

Source: CDC


  • Sterile Dacron/nylon swab
  • Viral transport media tube (should contain 1-3 ML of sterile viral transport medium)


  1. Lower patient’s mask below nose only.
  2. Ensure staff performing procedure are wearing basic face mask and eyewear.
  3. Tilt patient’s head back 70 degrees.
  4. Insert swab into nostril. (Swab should reach depth equal to distance from nostrils to outer opening of the ear.) Leave swab in place for several seconds to absorb secretions.
  5. Slowly remove swab while rotating it. (Swab both nostrils with same swab.)
  6. Place tip of swab into sterile viral transport media tube and snap/cut off the applicator stick

Employee Health & Vaccination

Employee Health: 503-338-4632 or ext. 71701 Employee Health RN on-call: 971-601-0412

If You Are Sick

  1. Call your supervisor or manager. You will be asked to report your symptoms and when they started.
  2. You must call the Employee Health nurse between 9am and 1pm (971-601-0412), if you have any of these symptoms.
  3. Employee Health will tell you when you are clear to return to work.
  4. Please let your manager know when you’ve been cleared to return to work.

If You Think You’ve Been Exposed to a COVID-Positive Person

If you learn that you’ve been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, follow the steps below. Being exposed means that you were within 6-feet of the person for 15 minutes or more, and unmasked.

  1. Do not report to work. Call your supervisor or manager immediately.
  2. Call Employee Health between 9am and 1pm (971-601-0412) for further evaluation.

These are the algorithms Employee Health uses to decide when caregivers are safe to return to work:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q. I don’t feel well. When should I stay home? And when should I return? click to open


Q. If I have been exposed to COVID-19, what do I do to protect my family and friends? click to open


Q. Are pregnant health care personnel at increased risk for adverse outcomes if they care for patients with COVID-19? click to open


Q. I believe I have been exposed to COVID-19 at work. What’s next? click to open

Getting Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Vaccinations for CMH Caregivers

Contact Betsy Brenden in Employee Health to get vaccinated.

We have tremendous confidence in the vaccines’ efficacy and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. According to a new State of Oregon rule, all health care workers must be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021. 


mRNA Vaccines & Vaccine Development
Lead the Way

Working During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Operational Changes

  • Interpretation: At this time, CMH has decided to suspend all in-person interpretation. We will continue to use remote video interpreting when translation needs arise. Please remember to remind each other of this when scheduling appointments.
  • Central Supply: Central Supply has made several changes to maintain accurate inventory counts, to keep PPE secure, to reduce potential risks of incoming goods, and to maintain social distancing. Read more.
  • Rehabilitation Services: In-person care by Rehabilitation Services has been limited to caring for patients with urgent/essential or post-op needs. Read about how this affects the process for referring patients and providing care to patients who need physical, occupational or speech therapy.
  • Some clinics and services have suspended operations or changed their hours. Check the the clinic/service webpage for hours.
  • Dock time questions answered (current as of 04/10/20)
  • Changes to HSAs/FSAs Due to CARES Act (current as of 04/16/20)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q. What is “dock” and why am I being asked to use it? click to open


Q. If I am being docked or I am unable to work because I must stay home to care for my child due to the closure of school, may I claim unemployment? click to open


Q. Does CMH have to provide me with 80 hours of paid sick leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)? click to open


Q. My spouse lost their insurance coverage through their employer, may I add them to our plan? click to open


Q. What happens if I don’t have enough earned leave (EL) to pay for my payroll deductions? click to open


Q. What if I have other questions about my benefits? click to open


Q. Am I entitled to an accommodation under the ADA in order to avoid exposing a family member who is at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 due to an underlying medical condition? click to open


Q. What other financial options are available to me as a CMH caregiver? click to open

State & Federal Guidelines:

Masks continue to be required at CMH for patients, caregivers, and visitors.Learn More