Infection prevention

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, use the same precautions you would for the flu and common cold.

Progressive Nursing recommends these infection-prevention practices:

  • If you’re sick, stay home. Call your provider if you suspect you have the virus.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve – not your hands – when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean your home, work space, shared items and other frequented locations.
  • Avoid unnecessary contact with sick individuals.
  • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask 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.

State and local resources
We suggests you continue to check local resources, including Central District Health (cdhd.idaho.gov).

In addition, Idaho public health districts have enabled Information Call Centers to respond to local public health calls and to answer questions about the virus.

South Central Public Health (Blaine, Camas, Gooding Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka and Twin Falls counties): Operates from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday; call the hotline at 208-737-1138 (English) or 208-737-5965 (Spanish).
Central District Health (Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley counties): Operates weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; call the hotline at 208-321-2222.
Southwest District Health (Adams, Canyon, Gem, Owyhee and Payette counties): Operates weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; call the hotline at 208-455-5411.
North Central Health District (Idaho county): Operates weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; call the hotline at 208-748-0400.
Idaho CareLine: Call the hotline at 2-1-1 or 1-800-926-2588.

Additional information
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, COVID-19
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, FAQs for Idahoans
The Centers for Disease Control
The World Health Organization
Healthwise (English and Spanish resources)

Locations for screening and specimen collection for testing:
Wood River: Drive-up tent screening and specimen collection for testing is available at St. Luke’s Wood River Hospital, 100 Hospital Dr, Ketchum, ID 83340, Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Meridian: Drive-up tent screening and specimen collection for testing is available at St. Luke’s Meridian Hospital, 520 S. Eagle Rd, Meridian, ID 83642, Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Boise: Drive-up tent screening and specimen collection for testing will be available Thursday, March 19, on the north side of St. Luke’s Plaza campus building, 720 E. Park Blvd., Boise, ID 83712, Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please call your primary care provider (PCP) for screening if you need assistance before March 19.

Nampa: Call the St. Luke’s triage hotline at 208-381-9500 for screening and triage. A member of the clinical staff will complete a risk assessment over the phone and provide guidance on next steps, which may include specimen collection for testing at a local facility, if necessary.

McCall: Call the St. Luke’s triage hotline at 208-381-9500 for screening and triage. A member of the clinical staff will complete a risk assessment over the phone and provide guidance on next steps, which may include specimen collection for testing at a local facility, if necessary.

Magic Valley: Call the St. Luke’s triage hotline at 208-381-9500 for screening and triage. A member of the clinical staff will complete a risk assessment over the phone and provide guidance on next steps, which may include specimen collection for testing at a local facility, if necessary.

Jerome: Call the St. Luke’s triage hotline at 208-381-9500 for screening and triage. A member of the clinical staff will complete a risk assessment over the phone and provide guidance on next steps, which may include specimen collection for testing at a local facility, if necessary.

Fruitland: Call the St. Luke’s triage hotline at 208-381-9500 for screening and triage. A member of the clinical staff will complete a risk assessment over the phone and provide guidance on next steps, which may include specimen collection for testing at a local facility, if necessary.

Baker City: Call the St. Luke’s triage hotline at 208-381-9500 for screening and triage. A member of the clinical staff will complete a risk assessment over the phone and provide guidance on next steps, which may include specimen collection for testing at a local facility, if necessary.

Other locations:

St. Alphonsus: Screening and specimen collection for testing available at the main hospital with other locations to come soon. Look for more information soon.
Saltzer: Curbside screening and specimen collection for testing available at both Saltzer locations in Nampa. Saltzer patients can contact 208-463-3000 and press 7 for nurse triage.

OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS YOUR HELP
We are hiring a Covid-19 Rapid Response Team to work in nursing homes, rehabs, assisted living facilities and in private homes throughout the Treasure Valley!
We are seeking all Nursing and Nursing Support Specialties: Caregivers, RN;s, CNA’s and LPN’s!
Must be willing/able to work with Covid 19 positive patients in facility or home setting and have MINIMUM 6 months experience for given specialty. Proper PPE will be provided.
Competitive pay! Monthly bonus available with 100% attendance and quality criteria met.

What you can expect from Progressive Nursing:
Benefits, 401k and PTO for full time employees
Flexibility in scheduling
Monthly bonuses for attendance/performance
Orientation and motivation
Work/Life balance support
Qualified candidates will have:
Current license (Idaho or Compact State for given specialty)
6 months + experience in given specialty
Willing/able to work with Covid-19 positive patients
Current BLS/CPR
Pass criminal background check and drug screening
Excellent references
Learn more about us and apply directly at our Progressive Nursing Website.
Not ready to apply? We are ready to answer any questions! Contact Janae Beckstead @ 208-914-4282.