COVID19

About Coronavirus

Donations

Marshall Medical Center is gearing up to face the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful for the generosity of our community and the remarkable outpouring of support and volunteerism. We are accepting donations of:

Donations may be mailed or dropped off at the Marshall Foundation for Community Health office at 1124 Sherman Street, Placerville, CA 95667. Please contact Marshall Foundation for Community Health at 530-642-9984 or mfnd@marshallmedical.org for more information.

Coronavirus continues to spread throughout the US, including California. Get the most up-to-date information from El Dorado County Health and Human Services on confirmed cases in the county and state by clicking here. Most people who have been infected with this virus recover without hospitalization. However, it is important to know the risk factors and protect yourself and others from the spread of infection.

What You Need to Know

Those who have recently traveled to China, Iran, South Korea, Europe or other countries where Coronavirus is present, OR who have had contact with a person with possible novel coronavirus infection and have become ill should contact their primary care physician.

If you're experiencing mild to moderate symptoms, please call your primary care physician. If you have worsening symptoms such as severe shortness of breath, chest pain, lightheadedness or confusion and need to come to Marshall's Emergency Room, please help stop the spread of the virus; wait in your car and call 530-626-2717 to let us know you're here. The ER staff will prepare to receive you with proper precautions.

Viruses can be spread through respiratory droplets from coughs and sneezes or close contact with an infected person. As with any virus such as cold or flu, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed:

  • Stay at home and avoid people. If you need to interact with people, please maintain a safe distance of six feet.
  • Hand washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your cough and sneezes
  • Disinfect objects and surfaces
  • If your appointment is not urgent, call your provider to reschedule

Frequently Asked Questions

How is Marshall preparing?

Marshall is following the CDC's recommendation for patients 65 and older or with chronic medical conditions to self-isolate and is prepared for the coronavirus outbreak in El Dorado County.

Marshall Hospital is significantly limiting visitation in preparation for the spread of coronavirus in El Dorado County. We are limiting visitors to two visitors for end-of life patients and one visitor each for pediatric patient and for laboring/new moms. All visitors will be screened for fever and checked for travel and symptoms. They will also be badged so staff can identify that visitors have been screened and are safe to visit patients. No visitors under age 14 will be permitted.Screening and limiting visitors is one way we are protecting our patients. Marshall will soon institute symptom screening for employees, providers and vendors before start of shift.

We are also following the state's directive and are rescheduling non-urgent surgical cases to preserve resources, capacity and ensure safety for vulnerable patients. Clinics will also be evaluating upcoming appointments for urgency and will be rescheduling non-urgent appointments.

Marshall Medical Center has processes in place to deal with infectious diseases. Preparations for these events are not new to our staff. We have in the past prepped for H1N1 in 2009 and Ebola in 2014 so we have protocols in place and have refreshed our staff on these procedures. We have personal protective equipment for the safety of our staff and visitors. We’re working with the California Department of Public Health and El Dorado County Public Health and following all of their recommendations.

In the event of a huge influx of patients with suspected coronavirus, Marshall is prepared with portable shelters to triage, test, and treat patients.

What symptoms should I look for?

Most infected individuals exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

How is the coronavirus spread?

Coronavirus is spread through coughing or sneezing. It's important to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or in the elbow of your sleeve. It can also be spread before you experience symptoms so it's important to shelter in place and avoid interaction with people.

How is the virus treated?

Patients should self-treat the same way they would treat the flu: plenty of fluids and rest.

Can I get tested?

Primary care doctors are the point of contact for COVID-19 testing. Testing for COVID-19 is being done on select individuals and is available in El Dorado County, but individuals must meet the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria in order to be tested.

Test kits for COVID-19 are still in limited supply. Primary care doctors are the point of contact for COVID-19 testing. Testing is being done on patients exhibiting severe fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.Call your doctor and they will determine if a test is warranted.