• COVID-19 Preparedness: Dignity Health Urgent Care Centers Ready for Possible Surge of Patients

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    March 25, 2020
    COVID-19 Preparedness: Dignity Health Urgent Care Centers
    Ready for Possible Surge of Patients

    Triage tents have been set up as precautionary measure

    CENTRAL COAST, CA – March 24, 2020 –Dignity Health’s Pacific Central
    Coast Health Centers have taken a proactive measure to prepare for a possible
    surge of patients seeking evaluation for COVID-19. Triage tents have been
    erected at the five Dignity Health Urgent Care locations to ensure the community
    has access to care if they are experiencing possible symptoms related to
    Coronavirus. The outdoor triage tents will provide a safe environment for
    community members and providers to assess patients without needing to go inside
    a busy office. These tents have not been activated yet but are on standby should
    there become a demand for expanded services.

    These tents are NOT specimen collection centers. Clinicians will only collect
    COVID-19 specimens if they have assessed a patient and believe testing for the
    Coronavirus is appropriate.

    “We want to keep our communities informed of the efforts we are making and the
    process they should follow for receiving care. If someone is feeling ill with upper
    respiratory symptoms such as, fever, cough, or mild shortness of breath we ask
    that they contact their primary care physician first,” says Scott Robertson, MD,
    President and CEO of Pacific Central Coast Health Centers. “If their physician is
    unavailable, our urgent care centers are here for the community. If an individual is
    in distress or are having a health emergency, they should visit the Emergency
    Department immediately for care.”

    Dignity Health Urgent Care has five locations along the Central Coast and the
    physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants continue to treat patients
    for minor injuries and medical concerns unrelated to COVID-19:

     Dignity Health Urgent Care - Atascadero-5920 W. Mall, 805.461.2131
     Dignity Health Urgent Care - Pismo Beach- 877 Oak Park Blvd., 805.474.8450
     Dignity Health Urgent Care - Santa Maria -2271 South Depot St., 805.922.0561
     Dignity Health Urgent Care - Orcutt-1102 Clark Ave. Suite A, 805.332.8185
     Dignity Health Urgent Care - Lompoc-217 W. Central Ave. Suite G, 805.735.4292

    In addition, triage tents have also been set up at our Dignity Health Central Coast
    hospitals which include Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, French Hospital
    Medical Center, and Marian Regional Medical Center. These tents will only be
    activated should there be an influx of patients.

    For More information about Pacific Central Coast Health Centers, visit:

    DignityHealth.org/PHC