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.
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
Please ask each patient being tested for COVID-19 (or their guardian) to fill out this form:
Employee Health: 503-338-4632 or ext. 71701 Employee Health RN on-call: 971-601-0412
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.
These are the algorithms Employee Health uses to decide when caregivers are safe to return to work:
Q. I don’t feel well. When should I stay home? And when should I return? click to open
A: If you’ve had any COVID-19 symptoms, you have to be fever-free (less than 100F) for more than 24 hours, have significant improvement of symptoms, and have a negative COVID-19 test in order to return to work.
Q. If I have been exposed to COVID-19, what do I do to protect my family and friends? click to open
A: This will vary, depending on your vaccination status. You must contact Employee Health. To keep your friends and family safe, we recommend you follow the CDC’s quarantine guidelines.
Q. Are pregnant health care personnel at increased risk for adverse outcomes if they care for patients with COVID-19? click to open
A: Pregnant CMH caregivers are not being assigned to care for suspected or positive COVID-19 patients. It’s especially important to follow all infection control practices. Information on COVID-19 in pregnancy is still limited. Talk to your manager, if you have concerns.
Q. I believe I have been exposed to COVID-19 at work. What’s next? click to open
A: If you feel like you’ve been exposed at work, contact your manager. Infection Prevention will do an investigation to see if you meet exposure criteria. If it’s been determined that you have been exposed, Human Resources will contact you. Each employee will be evaluated to determine whether work restriction is required.
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.
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. Does CMH have to provide me with 80 hours of paid sick leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)? click to open
A: No. The paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the FFCRA apply to certain public employers and private employers with fewer than 500 employees. CMH is not a public employer and has more than 500 employees.
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. 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
A: No. The ADA does not require that an employer accommodate an employee without a disability based on the disability-related needs of a family member or other person with whom he/she is associated.
Q. What other financial options are available to me as a CMH caregiver? click to open
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