COVID-19 News & Resources
NOV
17
Get Tested and Vaccinated in Loyalton

Saturday, Nov 20, Swabs and Vaccines At the Loyalton Medical Clinic.

This Saturday, November 20, from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm, the Loyalton Medical Clinic is offering walk-in appointments for COVID-19 swabs and vaccines.

For more information about this Saturday COVID-19 walk-in clinic, call the Loyalton
Medical Clinic at (530) 993-1231.



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NOV
08
Get on the List!

Kids 5+ Now Vaccine Eligible.

Why should children be vaccinated for COVID-19?

Vaccination will help protect your whole family. Getting the vaccine will help keep your child from getting seriously sick if they do get COVID-19, and help keep them from spreading COVID-19 to others.

  • Vaccines are safe and effective in preventing serious illness caused by COVID-19.
  • Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been shown to be about 91% effective in childrenages 5 to 11, and the CDC has recommended its use.
  • Trials showed the vaccine was safe, well tolerated and produced a robustantibody response.

Eastern Plumas Health Care has now started a waiting list for parents with children...

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NOV
03
Get Boosted!

EPHC Moderna Booster Vaccine Clinic

Protect Yourself And The People Around You.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - Graeagle Fire Hall 

7620 Hwy 89 Graeagle, CA Time: 10 am - 12 pm - APPOINTMENT ONLY

For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series: 

  • 65 years and older
  • Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings 
  • Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
  • Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings

For people who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who...

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OCT
21
Get Tested! Portola Medical Clinic

Protect Yourself And The People Around You.

Eastern Plumas Health Care is offering FREE COVID-19 tests to anyone. Contact the Portola clinic at (530) 832- 6600 for more information.

  • If symptomatic, patients will be directed to a provider triage line to see if an appointment is necessary.
  • If asymptomatic, patients will be placed onto a schedule to receive a COVID-19 test.
  • COVID-19 testing will occur Monday - Thursday between 3 - 4 pm by appointment only.
  • Test results are typically available 24 - hours after the test is administered.
  • Test is FREE!


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OCT
21
Get Vaccinated. Get Tested. Loyalton Medical Clinic.

Protect Yourself And The People Around You.

Eastern Plumas Health Care is offering FREE COVID-19 vaccinations and FREE COVID-19 tests to anyone. Contact the Loyalton Medical Clinic: 530.993.1231 for more information.

Patients can call ahead or arrive in the morning by 12:30 pm for a COVID Vaccination or a COVID swab test.

  • Beginning: October 8, 2021.
  • When: Every other Friday, 9 am to 1 pm.
  • Where: Loyalton Medical Clinic.
  • Test results are typically available 2 - 4 days after the test is administered.
  • Vaccines & Tests are FREE.


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AUG
11
New Visitor Requirements

For your safety, the California Department of Public Health has ordered new visitor requirement to Hospitals and Skilled Nursing Facilities. As of August 11, 2021, when visiting patients and residents at Eastern Plumas Health Care, you will need to show one of the following:

  • Individuals who are fully vaccinated must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
  • Individuals who have not been vaccinated, or are only partially vaccinated, must provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours.

EPHC offers no-cost, in-house PCR testing, with next-day results (as supplies allow). To schedule a test before visiting a family member, please call (530)...

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MAR
16
COVID-19 Vaccines: Ages 18-64 with Underlying Medical Conditions

In order to help administer COVID-19 vaccines in Plumas County, EPHC will now be scheduling appointments for EPHC patients. Patients must be between the ages of 18-64 and meet the underlying medical conditions listed below:

  • Cancer, current with debilitated or immunocompromised state
  • Chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above
  • Chronic pulmonary disease,  oxygen dependent
  • Down syndrome
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies (excludes hypertension)
  • Severe obesity (Body Mass Index ≥ 40 kg/m2)
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hemoglobin A1c level greater than 7.5%

If you are an EPHC patient and fit the above...

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JAN
27
Plumas Health COVID-19 Information Portal

Plumas County Public Health has launched an Informational Portal for the COVID-19 Vaccine. Please see the press release below or visit the portal at https://www.plumascounty.us/2761/COVID-19-Vaccine or call 530-283-6188 if you do not have internet access. If you were placed on our waiting list, your information has already been added to PCPHA’s portal.



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JAN
22
COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Please see the information below from PCPHA regarding the COVID-19 vaccine in Plumas County. For the most updated information please go to PCPHA website at www.plumascounty.us and select COVID-19 tab and then select vaccine tab. Public Health will have a vaccination information line 530-283-6188, which will be activated Monday, January 25 to assist with questions.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

  • There is not enough vaccine to meet the demand for vaccine across Plumas County, California or the country. Prioritizing the preservation of health care infrastructure, preventing hospitalization and death are the current state priorities for the limited supply.
  • Plumas County is...

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JAN
05
EPHC Crisis Care Continuum Guidelines

It is the goal of Eastern Plumas Health Care (EPHC) to remain in conventional operational capacity for as long as reasonably possible. If our operational needs shift, we will move into contingency capacity, and then to crisis capacity in order to remain functional as a hospital system. If at any time EPHC needs to move into contingency or crisis capacity, staff & local health officials will be alerted immediately.

Definitions:

Contingency Capacity Plan:

  • Beds will be used in Respiratory Waiting Area to accommodate increased patient load.
  • Staff will be shifted from their normal schedules as necessary to ensure continued...

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NOV
18
Plumas County Health Agency

Sharing local and relevant health and wellness information with Plumas County. Information on COVID-19 has been added to its own page. You can find it by clicking here



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NOV
12
COVID-19 Update

Doug McCoy, CEO, Eastern Plumas Health Care

On November 11, 2 020 Eastern Plumas Health Care received notification of a fourth positive COVID-19 test result for Loyalton Skilled Nursing Staff members. We continue to test all staff and residents on a weekly basis. EPHC staff has notified resident's families. At the time of this press release all residents have tested negative.

The prevention protocols will help us continue to successfully identify possible cases and a potential outbreak to the facility and community.

Since the initial pandemic began, EPHC has been diligent in follovving both CDC and County Public Health guidelines to maintain the...

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JUL
17
COVID-19 Update

Doug McCoy, CEO, Eastern Plumas Health Care 

On July 16, 2020 Eastern Plumas Health Care received notification of a third positive COVID-19 test result for a Portola Skilled Nursing Staff member. We continue to test all staff and residents on a weekly basis. EPHC staff has notified resident's families of the additional case. 

The prevention protocols vvill help us continue to successfully identify possible cases and a potential outbreak to the facility and community. 

Since the initial pandemic began, EPHC has been diligent in following both CDC and County Public Health guidelines to maintain the safety of our residents, patients, staff members,...

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JUL
10
COVID-19 Update

Doug McCoy, CEO, Eastern Plumas Health Care

On July 9, 2020 two Eastern Plumas Health Care (EPHC) staff members were identified as positive for the COVID-19 virus. With strict prevention protocols already in place, EPHC immediately tested all of Portola Skilled Nursing Staff and residents which all came back negative. There are no new cases of COVID-19 in the Skilled Nursing facility as a result of this situation.

The ongoing prevention protocols were successful in not only identifying an asymptomatic case but prevented a potential outbreak to the facility and community.

Since the initial pandemic began, EPHC has been diligent in following...

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JUL
08
COVID-19 UPDATE

Eastern Plumas Health Care has received two positive COVID-19 test results for employees in our Portola Skilled Nursing Facility.

Precautions were put into place in both our Portola and Loyalton facilities beginning March 3, 2020. These precautions include no visitors, a separate employee entrance, testing and daily screening. These precautions remain in place. Employees and residents will be tested weekly. Staff is notifying our resident’s families.

This is all the information that will be released at this time. Further information will be released as necessary. Thank you for respecting the privacy of our employees and residents.

Please remember to practice social distancing, hand washing...

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APR
27
Telemedicine Visit Options

EPHC has implemented various clinic visits via telemedicine. If you have a smartphone, tablet, or computer that is equipped with a camera and speaker and reliable internet access; you can now see your provider remotely. If you’d like to be seen via telemedicine please call 530-832-6600 and our clinic staff will schedule an appointment. 

Telemedicine
Telemedicine Visit Options Available Now At EPHC

Additional information will be provided by staff when you set up your appointment.



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APR
17
COVID-19 Triage Line

COVID-19 triage line is 530-832-6600. If you have questions about symptoms or testing please call the triage line. Providers are continuing to screen patients. We ask that you call the triage line and a provider will direct you in the next step of your care. Walk-ins are no longer allowed at any clinic. If you are experiencing a medical emergency please dial 911. 

We appreciate your cooperation! These measures have been taken to keep our employees, patients and community safe and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Call Ahead To Stop The Spread!

For updated information on COVID-19 in Plumas County please visit...

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APR
09
About Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Eastern Plumas Health Care, along with many hospitals and Long Term Care facilities across the nation, is conserving Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to prepare for an anticipated surge of patients. We have an adequate amount of supplies on hand and are conserving by asking employees to re-use masks as appropriate following CDC guidelines.

EPHC has been working closely with Plumas County and Sierra County, both of which supply PPE to hospitals and county agencies through their Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator. We have recently placed an order which will be filled soon.

At EPHC every precaution is taken to ensure the health...

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MAR
26
A Message from our CEO to our Community

In the past weeks Eastern Plumas Health Care has been taking necessary measures to ensure the safety of our employees and patients. We understand that you have many questions regarding COVID-19 and Eastern Plumas Health Care would like you to know we are ready to care for our community. 

Every day members of our Hospital Incident Command System meet to assess the needs of our community and patients. In addition, we frequently meet with other local health care agencies, government agencies and Plumas County Public Health. This is a joint effort and we appreciate the cooperation and support of these agencies. 

In...

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MAR
20
An update from Interim CEO Jayne O'Flanagan

Dear Eastern Plumas Health Care Community Members:

We want to provide an important update about how the COVID-19 situation is being handled at Eastern Plumas Health Care.

Eastern Plumas Health Care is working closely with the State of California, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Plumas and Sierra Counties to coordinate a response and contain the spread of the virus if it arrives in our community. If our community stays current with the changing guidance from the State of California, we should be able to successfully limit the number of positive cases in our area. 

Within the hospital and Long Term Care facilities...

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