SAC Health System has been aware of this disease since the outbreak was first announced in Wuhan, China. In fact, SAC Health System has had an Infection Control Task Force in place since the outbreak began in China to prepare all our facilities and screen for risk of COVID-19 exposure. SAC Health System continues to actively plan and prepare for this quickly evolving threat.
We have been communicating regularly with HRSA (the federal department that oversees FQHCs), the California Primary Care Association (the FQHC association of California), our local community clinic association, our county health departments, and our LLU physicians.
Our SAC Health System's Infection Control Task Force (which includes public health and infectious disease experts) has created a clear protocol and plan that involves our Call Center, our Front Desk staff, our nursing staff, and our providers in screening and testing for Coronavirus. This protocol will continue to be updated based on the latest CDC recommendations.
We are also working on the option to allow established patients to access care via telehealth in order to screen high risk, symptomatic patients so that they can avoid coming into clinic as well as other patients who would prefer this method of care.
For up-to-date information on the Coronavirus, please refer to the CDC web site: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
For prevention, the following are the current recommendations from the CDC:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
We will be sharing regular updates as they become available.
Testing Available for IEHP Members at SAC Health System’s G Street Location
Beginning on Wednesday, March 25th, SAC Health System is offering testing for IEHP Members at their our main campus, located at 250 S. G. Street, San Bernardino, CA. 92410.
IEHP Members do not need to be assigned to SAC Health Systems to schedule a telephone appointment with a clinician to determine if COVID-19 testing is needed or to have the COVID-19 test done by SAC Health System.
IEHP Members can call (909) 382-7100 to schedule a telephone appointment with a clinician. The clinician will do a phone visit where they evaluate the Member and determine if they need COVID-19 testing.
If a Member needs testing, they will be directed to the Drive-Thru clinic at SAC Health System 250 South G Street location for testing on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 3:00pm – 5:00pm.
SAC Health System will follow up with the Member regarding results when available (typically 3 – 5 days.)