Coronavirus updates from Alliance partners

Current COVID-19 Cases 

  • Confirmed Positives in House: 7 (VHMC), 1 (Behavioral Health)
  • Persons Under Investigation: 9 (VHMC), 3 (Behavioral Health)
  • Behavioral Health Screenings in Last 24 hours: 20

IDU Update

Work is underway to identify 109 new patient beds at Valleywise Health Medical Center to meet the Governor’s requirements to increase bed capacity by 50% during this pandemic. Additional bed capacity will be identified in other locations across the Valleywise Health campuses.

IT Phishing Scams

Many health care organizations continue to see a dramatic increase in the number of COVID-19-related cyber-attacks. Recently, scammers have emailed employees offering PPE and mask shipments for a payment or by clicking a link. A successful cyber-attack could negatively impact daily operations. Make sure to only click on approved communications. Click here to learn more about fending off cyber-attacks.

Behavioral Health

Designated admission screening units at each of the Valleywise Behavioral Health Centers were credited with allowing 40 new patients to admitted between Friday and Sunday, nearly reaching pre-COVID-19 patient volumes.   

Telehealth Visits

Valleywise Health providers have completed 3,423 virtual visits, a 10% increase from Friday, helping patients stay healthy and connected during the COVID-19 outbreak. About 270 telehealth visits are pending.

Employee Testing

Employee Health and Wellness continues to experience challenges with proper social distancing in its waiting areas. Work is underway to spread out the waiting room chairs in other areas of the building and potentially set up a screening area in HR across the hall. More details to come. Please do not bring guests to an Employee Health and Wellness visit.

Chalk Art

To bring some color to the workplace, employees are encouraged to create outdoor chalk art on sidewalks. Each Valleywise Health location will receive a box of chalk this week to create outdoor art. The party has already started in the tunnel at Valleywise Health Medical Center. Send pictures of your work to marketing@valleywisehealth.org.


St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

COVID-19 Screenings for Everyone 

Everyone who enters Dignity Health Arizona facilities will go through a quick screening process for COVID-19 symptoms each day starting Wed., April 8.

Those with a temperature below 100 degrees Fahrenheit and no other signs of illness, will be cleared to work for the day. Those with a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater will be sent home and may be asked to text a COVID-19 testing station for employees and physicians. They must also report their status to their leader.

Persons feeling ill or running a fever should stay home to protect themselves, their co-workers and patients.

Universal Masking

Universal masking at Dignity Health Arizona facilities started today, Monday, April 6.
N95 masks will be worn by employees when caring for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients in intensive care units, emergency departments, non-COVID isolation rooms, COVID/PUI cohort units, and operating rooms/procedural areas.

Standard ear loop, paper and/or cloth masks will be issued to employees and hospital-based providers in all other areas.

Masks will be distributed to all caregivers as quickly as possible. Guidelines about when to wear specific types of masks and how to maintain masks for extended wear or re-use will be sent to team leaders. For those who have been wearing a cloth mask when PPE is not indicated, you may continue to do so.

Staff in patient care areas that require the use of N95s, do NOT throw these masks away. Please place them in the reprocessing bins at the end of your shift each day. We have instituted extended wear protocols for areas that require N95s. 

COVID-19 Testing Stations for Employees and Providers 

Drive-up COVID-19 testing stations for employees and providers who are exhibiting symptoms of the virus opened Monday, April 6. Symptomatic employees and providers may text “DIGNITYHEALTH” to 424.402.5266, and they will receive a response with how to proceed. If testing is needed, employees will be directed to a testing site and given additional details (“walk-in” testing will not be provided). Independent physicians and independent advanced practice providers will need to get an order from the hospital CMO to be tested.

Emergency Child Care Resources 
 
Gov. Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman have partnered to launch a new child care program for frontline workers. For more information on Arizona Enrichment Centers, contact the Governor’s Office or visit arizonatogether.org.
 
For Dignity Health employees who may need child-care resources, an updated list is below. For dependent care referrals, please contact the Employee Assistance Program at 1.888.881.5452.
 
Also, a reminder that Dignity Health has reached an agreement with Chandler Unified School District to provide child care resources for Essential Workers. Chandler High School and Hamilton High School are the two locations of Emergency Essential Worker’s Care (EEWC).
 
The sites will serve infants through sixth graders, with hours from 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Cost for the program will be $30 per day or $130 per week. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be served each day as part of the program.
 
Employees will need to show their Dignity Health badge.