COVID-19 Updates2020-03-20T12:26:01-07:00

COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Antibody Testing Now Available at Coquille Valley Hospital

Antibody testing, also called serology testing, is used to identify the presence of immune response to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It is a critical component to our nation’s response to the pandemic. This test is only intended to detect IgG antibodies to the virus. It does not diagnose active or recent infection. For IgG antibodies to be detected, you must be symptom-free (no fever or cough) for two weeks prior to testing. No prior physician’s order or referral needed.

Respiratory Therapists: Unsung Heroes

By: Lucinda Tatman RCP, Cardiopulmonary Services Manager

Respiratory Therapists across the nation have too often only been silent heroes during this pandemic. There are a reported 111,000 Respiratory Therapists in the USA. That number pales in comparison to nurses and physicians; however, Respiratory Therapists’ contributions to healthcare are profound. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics report a job growth need of 21% between 2018-2028, which is considered much faster than the average.


COVID-19 Testing

To test for coronavirus (COVID-19), a patient has to meet specific criteria. If you are experiencing respiratory illness symptoms, follow these steps:


Consult with your primary care provider
Your primary care provider will determine if you meet the criteria and should be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19).


Not Allowing Visitors in Hospital or Clinic

As of March 17th, Coquille Valley Hospital will not be allowing visitors inside of the hospital or clinic until further notice to best protect our patients, staff and community. Exceptions will be made for a parent of a patient who is a minor, family of end-of-life patients, and individuals needed for decision-making or communication with a patient. Please note, the Valley View Cafe is also closed to the public. We appreciate your patience and understanding and apologize for the inconvenience.

Health Alert: Coronavirus

Thank you for choosing us for your care. If you are sick and plan to seek care for possible coronavirus (COVID-19), call ahead before going to a doctor’s office or visiting our hospital, so that arrangements can be made to prevent exposure to others. If you are visiting our hospital or clinic and are experiencing a fever and cough, or other respiratory symptoms, such as shortness of breath, please put on a mask and clean your hands when you arrive. We have mask stations and touchless hand sanitizer available at each of our entrances.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that’s a close cousin to the SARS and MERS viruses that have caused outbreaks in the past. COVID is short for coronavirus disease. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

The Oregon Public Health Division created this video to explain when to seek treatment, if you suspect you may have contracted COVID-19.