Saint Alphonsus has expanded the hours for its drive-thru assessment and testing operation. Hours are now Monday through Friday 8am-noon and 1PM – 4PM. The drive-thru option provides immediate help from a nurse in a safe, limited contact environment.

“People can just stay in their vehicle, call the number posted and staff will be right out to assess the symptoms and conduct a COVID-19 test if warranted,” explains Priscilla Lynn, President and Chief Nursing Officer of Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Baker City.

The drive-thru is located on the back side of the Saint Alphonsus Medical Group Clinic (3325 Pocahontas), with the entrance off of Midway. There is signage to direct patrons to the “Curbside Respiratory Evaluation.” Anyone with questions can call the Saint Alphonsus Medical Group Clinic at 541-524-8000 with any questions.

This is also an important time to remind residents that the hospital is still open and treating patients with needed medical care including doctor-ordered imaging and management of chronic conditions. Medical staff and facilities are readily available for the community’s urgent and emergent healthcare needs.

The Emergency Room is open 24 hours a day and remains ready to accept all patients needing emergency care. “We are fully functioning and prepared to handle all emergencies. Don’t put your health at risk because you fear exposure to the COVID virus. The hospital remains open with all the proper safeguards in place,” said Dr. David Richards, MD, Emergency Physician at the Baker City hospital.

Dr. Richards’ advice was amplified by Baker County’s Health Department.

“Baker County Health continues to partner with Saint Alphonsus to ensure our community’s health needs are met,” said Nancy Staten, the county’s Health Department Administrator. “In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to keep managing chronic conditions and certainly seek medical care when needed. By continuing to follow the CDC recommendations for social distancing and wearing masks in public, including when seeking medical care, we can continue to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.”