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COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) Information

We encourage our community members to obtain information on this virus outbreak from trusted sources such as the Washington Department of Health.

Arbor Health Coronavirus News

COVID-19 Numbers

According to the Washington Department of Health and Lewis County Public Health & Social Services, as of October 16, 2020 at 7:12 a.m.

  • Washington State positive cases: 96,185
  • Washington State hospitalizations: 7,956
  • Lewis County positive cases: 654
  • Lewis County considered recovered: 296
  • Lewis County deaths: 10

Local doctor encourages community to seek medical care

Dr. Kevin McCurry, Emergency Department Physician and Chief Medical Officer, talks to our community about the importance of seeking medical care when needed.

May 5, 2020

Hospital front doors re-open

We have re-opened our front doors at Arbor Health Morton Hospital. For the past several weeks, all patients and visitors have had to use the emergency-side entrance of the building for all access. We are now easing back on that restriction. Visitors and non-emergent patients are now entering and exiting the front door. This is a good sign that our society is heading in the right direction!

April 23, 2020

Primary Care Clinics offer Virtual Appointments

This is not the time to let your health laps. While we encourage everyone to stay home whenever possible, we do not want you to neglect your health. For that reason, we are now offering video and telephone appointments for our primary care clinics.

Patients are encouraged to telephone the clinics to inquire about the possibility of meeting with your provider via telephone or video. We will bill your insurance as normal with the standard co-pays applying.

April 10, 2020

April 8, 2020

Surgeon/ER doctor talks about COVID-19

Dr. Tom Anderson of Arbor Health, Morton Hospital has some important information to share about COVID-19, including what to do if you think you have the virus.

Arbor Health takes patient privacy seriously

We recently had a situation arise that made it appear as if an Arbor Health staff member had revealed a patient’s personal health information (PHI). If true, this would have been a HIPAA violation. This is a good opportunity for us to remind our community that we take our patients’ privacy extremely seriously. We go to great lengths and expense to ensure patient information is kept private. However, if you ever suspect there has been a privacy violation at any Arbor Health facility, we encourage you to contact us. You are welcome to leave a message on our website, call our compliance officer at 360-496-3585, stop by the hospital and speak with him or speak with the clinic manager who will provide the information to the compliance officer. It is our vow to you that we take your privacy seriously.

Local doctor advises on how to avoid catching and spreading Coronavirus.

First positive COVID-19 test at Morton Hospital

As of Thursday, March 26th, 2020, Arbor Health, Morton Hospital has tested a total of 73 patients for COVID-19, or “Coronavirus.” We had our first positive COVID-19 patient come in earlier this week. We are very pleased to report that the patient, a member of our East Lewis County community, is self-quarantining and recovering at home.

We encourage everyone to follow the public instruction of “social distancing.” To put it plainly, stay away from people who are not in your immediate family. We initiated a Coronavirus Hotline for our established patients and East Lewis County community members who have symptoms of a fever, a new cough or shortness of breath. The number for the hotline is 360-624-5869.

Free self-symptom check available online

The Atlanta, GA-based Emory University launched a free self-triage tool for patients concerned about COVID-19, The tool utilizes the latest Center for Disease Control (CDC) data and the Emory-validated algorithm to help the public understand their symptoms and provide educational information about how to seek care. The online tool allows people everywhere to assess how likely it is that they have contracted the novel coronavirus.

The site, of course, is for educational purposes and not a replacement for a healthcare provider evaluation. Arbor Health, Morton Hospital advises our community members to call our Coronavirus Hotline if they are concerned about symptoms as seen below.

Coronavirus Hotline for established patients and community members

As a service to our hospital district residents and other established patients, we have started a Coronavirus Hotline, staffed by medical providers and registered nurses from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. This service is intended to provide assistance for our patients' concerns and advised them when to seek medical attention. The hotline number is 360-624-5869.

The Washington State Department of Health also offers a hotline which is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. That number is: 1-800-525-0127.

Cancellation of all elective procedures

Effective March 18, 2020, we have canceled all elective non-urgent procedures and radiology screenings. Diagnostic screenings will continue as normal. We encourage you to call your primary care provider for more information.

Patient and visitors restrictions

The health and safety of Arbor Health patients and staff is our primary concern. We are working diligently to provide protection to those in our facilities from COVID-19 (Coronavirus) exposure as well as prepare for future patients’ needs.

In an effort to protect our patients and staff from unnecessary exposure, we have implemented the following restrictions.

  • Regardless of location, access to all of our facilities is limited to persons over the age of 16 unless they are seeking treatment.
  • Custodial Care patients are receiving video visits, only.
  • Acute Care patients are limited to one visitor per day. (Exceptions are made for patients under 18-years old.)
  • Visiting hours are reduced to 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • All patients and visitors are required to enter through the Emergency Department entrance. The front doors are locked.
  • All patients and visitors will be screened for virus symptoms on entering the building.
  • Patients that meet the criteria in the screening may be denied elective services. Patients seeking diagnostic services will be provided appropriate protective equipment, such as a face mask, before moving to the lobby.
  • The cafeteria and hospital gift shop are closed to the public until further notice.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I feel sick?

Everyone should think an illness with fever, cough, or shortness of breath could be COVID-19 and take steps to protect others in the community and household from the disease. Call your healthcare provider. People who are sick need to stay home. If they must be around other people, they should wear a mask.

What should I do if I have symptoms or been exposed?