COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) information


August 3, 2020

During every stage of the COVID-19 crisis, St. Peter’s Health is committed to maintaining a high level of vigilance to protect our patients and caregivers. We want you to know that we’re here for you and prepared to safely care for ALL patients.

The health and well-being of our patients, 1,600+ caregivers and the community will always be our top priority. We have taken a series of other measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community, including restricting visitors and adjusting some services. 

Here are some other important things to know:

  • Anyone who thinks they have COVID-19 or is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should: 
    • Call your provider OR visit the Urgent Care clinic at the Regional Medical Center for a walk-in appointment 
    • If symptoms are life-threatening call 9-1-1 or visit the Emergency Department immediately. Our Emergency Department is open 24/7 for emergency medical needs. 
  • COVID-19 testing information, including FAQs and testing site details, can be found here
  • Our facilities are open, although some services have been adjusted. Changes to services are detailed here. If you need to seek care today for something other than COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms there are many care options. Remember that waiting to seek care can be harmful, especially if you have chronic illness, major health issues or a life-threatening emergency. 
  • We have taken a series of steps to help protect our patients and caregivers. When you come to our clinics and facilities, here's what to expect: 
    • Full visitor restrictions are in place at all our facilities. Visitors will not be allowed to accompany or visit patients at the Regional Medical Center (hospital) or clinics. There are several visitor restriction exceptions
    • All allowed visitors will be screened and required to wear masks while inside our facilities. This includes when they are in a patient room. Patients will also be expected to wear a mask unless they are under the age of two or there are extenuating circumstances (e.g., breathing difficulties). Everyone is encouraged to bring their own mask, but masks will also be available to borrow at all entrances.  
    • Patients arriving for appointments or procedures may be asked to wait in their car. 
    • All public entrances to the Regional Medical Center (except the Emergency Room and Urgent Care) will close at 6:00 p.m. until further notice. The Main and East entrances will be closed during the weekend (please use Emergency Department entrance). 
  • There are steps everyone can take to help protect themselves and their loved ones, and limit the spread of illness in our community. Here are some other ways you can help
  • For general information on COVID-19, we suggest these trusted resources.


"Rest assured, St. Peter’s Health is here to care for you. We have a team of leaders and medical staff dedicated to COVID-19." 

~St. Peter's Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Shelly Harkins