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.
Check out these instructional videos from the CMH Quality and Infection Prevention teams. This is a playlist of all CMH instructional PPE videos (watch on YouTube). Use the arrows below to go to a specific video. All caregivers should watch the first four videos. Caregivers providing direct patient care should watch all of them.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Here is some information about potential droplet/airborne spread and all the things you are doing to help prevent airborne spread.
Above all, masking the patient is the number one method to prevent the spread of illness with any patient with respiratory illness/cough.
Effective 05/05/20 (Bluesheet: New Masking Guidelines)
Protecting caregivers and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic is CMH’s highest priority. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) carefully reviews masking guidelines from the CDC and OHA, as well as our supply of PPE to make decisions about masking. (Instructions for CMH caregivers on masking during COVID-19, Updated 5/05/20)
If you are working with patients who have respiratory symptoms, you may be required to take additional precautions. There are a number of resources on what PPE you need with specific patient populations on this webpage. Watch the PPE videos and read these masking instructions about how to take the mask off, store the mask while eating or drinking, and then how to reapply it.
Please remember that you are responsible for knowing how and when to perform a seal check with your N95 respirator!
Recently, Clatsop County has had an increase in COVID-19 cases. The County Public Health Department is in charge of the response. They are actively doing contact tracing for all positive cases and are testing people who may have been exposed.
If the County’s contact tracing suggests you may have been exposed to COVID-19 at work or in your personal life, they will contact you directly.
Remember, if you are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19, including shortness of breath, fever or cough, you can call the CMH COVID-19 Hotline at 503-338-4699. A CMH nurse will screen you for COVID-19 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If testing is appropriate, they will provide information on how and where to get tested.
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.
Babysitting or Childcare:
Clatsop 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.
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.
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.
These local babysitters are also available to help:
If you have been exposed to COVID-19, or develop respiratory symptoms, please let your manager know before you come to work. They may tell you to stay home until you’ve been cleared by Employee Health.
You will be contacted by Employee Health and given more instructions. These are the algorithms Employee Health uses to decide when caregivers are safe to return to work:
Please do not create your own sign. Marketing has been updating all signs to reflect our new “Safer Together” campaign. Check the Safer Together Sign Catalog (Updated 06/17/2020) to see if there’s a sign available that will suit your needs. Contact Felicia Struve (503-338-4504) to request signs or to discuss your department’s needs.
Q. What is “dock” and why am I being asked to use it? click to open
A: Dock is a term CMH utilizes when our scheduled Caregivers are asked not to work or are sent home because of low patient census or a lack of work. Caregivers on dock are not expected to remain available to CMH. Dock time is unpaid time, however that dock time will count as hours worked for purposes of benefit eligibility, seniority and Earned Leave accrual. Dock time is entered in Kronos, and Caregivers may utilize available Earned Leave in lieu of unpaid time if they so choose.
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
A: Yes. Unemployment Insurance benefits are more relaxed at this time due to temporary rules in place to deal with the COVID-19 related statewide emergency. This means that there are more opportunities to claim unemployment benefits, not to mention the additional Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation weekly benefit. Click on the publication “Unemployment Insurance 101” to learn more or visit www.workinginoregon.org. CMH is not able to approve or deny unemployment claims.
Q. My spouse lost their insurance coverage through their employer, may I add them to our plan? click to open
A: Yes, as long as the loss of coverage is within 30 days, and you have proof of the loss. CMH has also been asked to remind our Caregivers if you have had a change in your employment, you may qualify for health coverage through the Oregon Health Plan (OHP). OHP is our state’s Medicaid program, offering free health care to anyone who qualifies. Eligibility for the OHP is based on monthly income and other requirements. That means you may qualify for OHP now, even if you have been denied in the past. The best way to see if you qualify is to apply. Visit OHP.Oregon.gov for more information.
Q. What happens if I don’t have enough earned leave (EL) to pay for my payroll deductions? click to open
A: We will ask that you discuss your options with Payroll. There are some deductions that you have the option to repay, or will need to pay the vendor directly as we do not pay on your behalf. Please refer your questions to email@example.com.
Q. What if I have other questions about my benefits? click to open
A: Be sure to call Human Resources at 503.338.4073 or email HRDept@columbiamemorial.org.
Q. I don’t feel well. When should I stay home? And when should I return? click to open
A: If you have a fever and/or productive cough (secretions), please stay home until you are 72 hours fever- or productive cough-free without the use of anti-fever medication (Tylenol/ibuprofen).
Q. I am heading to an area that has a large number of COVID-19 cases. How should I come back to work, and how is CMH ensuring that I am safe to work with everyone? click to open
A: You are responsible for monitoring your symptoms and notifying your manager/supervisor if you are ill. Caregivers with a fever or productive cough should stay home.
Q. If an employee has been exposed, should they be worried about the people they are in contact with? click to open
A: Little is known at this point in time if COVID-19 is spread before development of symptoms and for what time period, if it is spread before symptoms develop. It is believed that after an exposure, symptoms will develop within 2-14 days. For this reason, all staff are encouraged to participate in social distancing and enhanced infection prevention both at home and at work.
Q. Will non-clinical and non-essential staff be asked to stay home, even if they have not been exposed, as a precaution? click to open
A: Not at this time; however, CMH will be closely monitoring our patient volumes to ensure the most efficient department/clinic operations. This may change.
Q. What should I do if I suspect I have COVID-19? click to open
Q. Is COVID-19 contagious before a person shows symptoms? click to open
A: CMH receives guidance from the CDC, and this is still an unknown.
Q. Are pregnant health care personnel at increased risk for adverse outcomes if they care for patients with COVID-19? click to open
A: CMH pregnant caregivers are not being assigned to care for COVID-19 suspect or positive patients. Adherence to recommended infection prevention and control practices is an important part of protecting all caregivers in health care settings. Information on COVID-19 in pregnancy is very limited.
Q. I do not perform hands-on, direct patient care; however, I want to be able to use a mask and gloves, and some people are telling me I should. Why is CMH not supporting this? click to open
A: Masks and gloves sometimes create a sense of false reassurance. Additionally, there are concerns related to cross contamination (moving organisms from place to place to place) and inappropriate use. At this time, the best practices to limit exposure are social distancing and implementation of good infection prevention practices, including using facial tissues to cough/sneeze and performing hand hygiene. Also, after touching your face, you should perform hand hygiene.
Q. I believe I have been exposed to COVID-19 at work. What’s next? click to open
A: A case review of any positive COVID-19 patient would be conducted to identify any caregiver who came in contact with such a patient. The determination of whether a potentially exposed caregiver is put on work exclusion or not may be based on the use of PPE by the caregiver and whether the patient was masked during the care experience. Each situation will be evaluated individually, based on current Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidelines. The caregiver may be put on work exclusion for 14 days OR they may have self-monitoring for 14 days and continue to work. At this time, CMH has implemented protocols including when to mask patients and the appropriate use of PPE by direct patient caregivers. If you are an identified exposed caregiver, Human Resources will be in contact with you regarding workers’ compensation information. If you have questions, please call HR at 503-338-4073.
Q. Other people in the office are coughing and saying it’s allergies, but how do we know? Should they mask anyway? click to open
A: No, unless it’s a productive cough. We want our caregivers to be sure to cover their mouth when coughing (facial tissue, using elbow) and perform hand hygiene.
Q. I am a caregiver concerned about COVID-19 exposure. I am 60+ with some underlying health conditions that give both me and my family concerns. click to open
A: We understand that you may have concerns for your own well-being, especially if you fall into one of the high-risk categories. The CDC has developed a list of helpful resources for individuals who are at high risk of infection. You’re encouraged to take precautions to reduce your chance of infection, whether at work or at home. Remember also that the most important thing, regardless of your risk category, is to wear proper PPE.
Q. Are seasonal allergies a reason to mask? click to open
A: No. But please continue to practice good hand hygiene, using a tissue and promptly throwing it away, or using your elbow.
Talk to a nurse on the CMH COVID-19 Community Hotline at 503-338-4699. This hotline is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For general information about coronavirus COVID-19:
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