Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Guidance, information, and updates

At Catholic Health Initiatives, challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic only reinforce our commitment to caring for all. The safety of our visitors, patients, communities, employees, and physicians remains our highest priority.

We will continue to provide updates on this page with the latest information available.

An unwavering focus on safety for all

If anything, the COVID-19 pandemic has toughened our resolve to care for every patient with empathy, kindness, and a vigilance that’s only intensified.

We know you may have questions about receiving in-person care. That is why we are following safety guidelines from the CDC and state leaders, and are only resuming care where we have enough supplies, capacity and protective equipment to safely provide care.

We will screen everyone entering our care sites for symptoms of COVID-19, and require all patients to wear masks. Extra cleanings have been added between procedures. Visitor restrictions will remain in place, and most care sites will have designated areas for patients with COVID-19.

Screening all patients and visitors

Temperature checks

Physical distancing

Required masking

Enhanced cleaning

Hand hygiene

Resuming Elective Procedures

To prepare for the surge of COVID-19 cases, we temporarily paused many health care services and procedures. It was a difficult decision because these services are very important for our patients.

Now we are safely resuming scheduled services and procedures.

For information about surgeries resuming at your local hospital, find one of our locations near you.

You may also be able to see your doctor without ever leaving your home with virtual care. 

How we're responding to COVID-19

We have made significant preparations to safely identify and treat patients with COVID-19 across the ministry.  We are closelu monitoring the number of suspected or confirmed patients in our communities and continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and state health officials. We are monitoring supplies and other resources so that we can safely treat the growing number of COVID-19 patients without jeopardizing care for others. For the protection of our patients and caregivers, our care facilities have also implemented a universal masking policy

To increase access to care, we have expanded virtual visits with caregivers.  And because a bill is the last thing anyone should worry about when facing possible COVID-19, we are suspending patient billing for the testing and treatment of COVID-19.

Coronavirus testing

Our health care providers are in constant communication with local health officials on coronavirus testing.

Some of our divisions are offering drive-thru testing services, or outpatient clinics for testing. Check with your health care provider for details.

Additional information on testing is available through the CDC website.

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Public health guidance

Here are a few additional actions you can take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available..
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces like countertops, door handles, faucets, and phones.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • If you need medical care and have COVID-19 symptoms, call ahead first, or contact your physician for a virtual visit.

How you can help

We all need to work together to keep our communities safe and healthy in the face of COVID-19. Thank you for your seeking to lend your support. Here are some ways you can help:

Help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by taking the important measures listed above.

Equipment donations – Although we are not experiencing equipment shortages at this time, many of our divisions are accepting donations of personal protective equipment in anticipation of future need. Accepted items may include masks, gloves, and protective eyewear. Check with your local hospital for specific requests.

Support community organizations - Many trusted organizations are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are a few you may consider supporting

woman helping her child wash hands

Additional information and resources


Coronavirus news and updates

Our commitment to safe care: What to expect in our clinics JUN 18, 2020

We are continuing to take a number of steps to ensure the safety of our patients, clinicians and staff. Please watch to hear about some of these measures and don’t delay your care. We’re here when you’re ready.

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Predictive Modeling Tools Help Forecast COVID-19 Cases JUN 29, 2020

De-identified cell phone data, public health data, and data from our own care sites can help forecast changes in health care demand and prepare for upticks of COVID-19 patients as communities nationwide relax social distancing orders.

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Privacy and Virtual Visits JUN 29, 2020

Dr. Marijka Grey explains how we maintain patient privacy during a virtual visit, and offers tips for patients.

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