COVID-19 screening at Desert Oasis Healthcare
(March 17, 2020 – Palm Springs, CA) Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC) has set up a Coronavirus (COVID-19) triage and treatment tent in the northeast corner of the parking lot at its main campus in Palm Springs at 275 N. El Cielo, directly across the street from the Palm Springs International Airport.
Hours of operation are 8:30am to 5:00pm and there is space for up to five patients at a time to be triaged and treated. Those waiting to be seen because they have symptoms they feel may be related to possible COVID-19 infection are asked to stay in their cars until a staff member comes to escort them to the waiting area. Symptoms consistent with possible COVID-19 infection include fever, cough, sore throat and increased phlegm.
The tent will ensure a private environment where DOHC clinical staff can screen and monitor patients, while limiting potential cross exposure to other patients visiting the DOHC Immediate Care right around the corner from the tent. Screening areas have been set up outside all DOHC clinical areas, so that staff members can direct anyone presenting with signs of possible infection to the tent.
Dr. Brian Hodgkins, PharmD and VP of Clinical Operations at DOHC, is the COVID-19 Task Force Leader, working closely with hospital partners Eisenhower Health and Desert Care Network. “While it’s important to let everyone know that there is no need to panic, what we all do right now can be critical to how effectively we contain the spread of Coronavirus here in eastern Riverside County,” Dr. Hodgkins said. “We want to communicate a uniform message to inform the community on what to expect and how to keep themselves and others safe during this pandemic.” Learn more by reading this Letter from Your DOHC Coronavirus Task Force.
NBC provided an initial public service announcement, currently running to let local residents know of this partnership:
The PSA ends by encouraging people to visit the cdc.gov site for the most up-to-date information.
“Our strongest collective obligation is to protect our most vulnerable segments of the population, which is why we are asking people who are exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection to call us first for instructions at 760-969-6555,” Hodgkins continued. “Do not come to Immediate Care or your primary care physician if you are experiencing only mild symptoms. Call us first, so we can assess a safe plan of care and if you need testing. Most patients will be managed under home quarantine and should only visit the emergency room if you are experiencing severe respiratory problems and having trouble breathing.”
For more information about the Coronavirus, please visit MyDOHC.com. You’ll find regular updates and a letter with more information about how DOHC and the entire COVID-19 Task Force are proactively working to manage patients who are seeking screening, testing and treatment.
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About Desert Oasis Healthcare
Formed in 1981 as one of the first medical groups in the desert communities of southern California, Desert Oasis Healthcare (DOHC) continues to advance with changes in the healthcare market. DOHC provides primary and immediate care, home health, palliative care, clinical research studies and other services to more than 60,000 members/patients living in the greater Coachella Valley and the Morongo Basin of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The multidisciplinary and comprehensive care programs of DOHC are committed to educating individuals on preventive health care in their daily lives, reflected in the DOHC motto, "Your Health. Your Life. Our Passion." For more information, visit www.mydohc.com.