The PeaceHealth emergency team is attempting to be available to provide immediate care for those experiencing life-threatening or emergent medical issues
PeaceHealth Southwest is caring for an exceptionally high number of patients, including unprecedented volumes in its Emergency Department. To accommodate the current surge, a tent has been erected near the Emergency Department entrance to serve as an overflow waiting area for patients seeking care.
At this time of high demand, PeaceHealth officials believe it is important that people seek medical care in the most appropriate setting. Its emergency team is attempting to be available to provide immediate care for those experiencing life-threatening or emergent medical issues. PeaceHealth officials strongly recommend that patients needing care for minor medical issues consider a visit to an urgent care center or contact their primary care provider.
“In recent days PeaceHealth Southwest has seen an increase in mildly ill or asymptomatic patients coming to the Emergency Department for COVID-19 testing, putting added strain on resources,” says Jason Hanley, medical director, PeaceHealth Southwest Emergency Services. “Those desiring a COVID test are encouraged to visit any of several testing locations in the community where tests are offered free of charge.”
For location information visit Clark County Public Health’s COVID-19 testing resource page:
or Quest Diagnostics testing resource page:
PeaceHealth Southwest is also continuing to see a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 inpatients in its care. For the safety of all, a no visitor policy remains in place at the hospital and in all PeaceHealth clinics.