Adventist Health Tillamook Responds to COVID-19 Surge in Tillamook County with Staffing, Scheduling Updates; Institutes No Visitors Policy

Tillamook, Ore., August 13, 2021 – We enter the fifth wave of COVID-19 resurgence in the State of Oregon not seen since February of this year and Tillamook county case reporting data shows a correlating escalation of COVID-19 cases as well. Adventist Health Tillamook is responding to a surge in patients at the Medical Center and the Adventist Health Medical Office Plaza by providing volume staffing to accommodate this increase, and the
executive team is meeting twice daily, seven days a week, to make necessary staffing or process adjustments.
At the time of this release, the hospital is not at capacity and elective surgery will continue under existing safety precautions. To maintain hospital and clinic capacity for patients in urgent need, it is essential for those who have COVID, and are not yet showing symptoms or are only mildly ill, should quarantine in their homes. Only those with severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, becoming confused or especially hard to wake, persistent chest pain/pressure, or developing bluish lips/face should seek care at the Emergency Department.

Due to this surge, Adventist Health Tillamook is instituting a no visitor policy, with exceptions. This applies to our hospital, campus medical facilities, and all health clinics including Manzanita, Pacific City, Lincoln City, Sheridan, Vernonia, Estacada, and Hoodland. Hospital visitors will only be accepted in instances of near-terminal demise, the extremely young, and for labor and delivery. Visitor restrictions also allow for memory or physical assistance. All efforts will be made to keep families up to date and in communication with care providers and their loved ones.
We believe the evidence of getting a vaccine to be clear. Even immunized people have been shown to transmit the disease before becoming symptomatic, underscoring that mask use is important for everyone. All of the COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and are highly recommended. We encourage all patients and associates to get the vaccine immediately and follow recently announced state-wide mask usage mandates.
Here is more information about online scheduling options: https://www.tillamookcountypioneer.net/adventist-health-tillamook-and-rural-oregon-clinics-now-provide-online-scheduling-update-call-in-appointment-scheduling-systems-add-new-providers/
Adventist Health Tillamook is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system
serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii and Oregon. Their workforce of 32,900 includes
more than 23,600 employees; nearly 5,000 medical staff physicians; and 4,350 volunteers. Founded on
Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals,
more than 260 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 15 home care agencies, seven
hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. Visit AdventistHealthTillamook.org for
more information.