COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) information


April 19, 2021

During every stage of the COVID-19 crisis, St. Peter’s Health is committed to maintaining a high level of vigilance to protect our patients and caregivers. We want you to know that we’re here for you and prepared to safely care for ALL patients.

The health and well-being of our patients, 1,700 caregivers and the community will always be our top priority. We have taken a series of other measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community, including restricting visitors and adjusting some services. 

We ask that you get vaccinated and continue to take everyday precautions to help slow the spread of the virus, including masking when around others not apart of your household, physically distancing, avoiding large gatherings and staying home when sick except to seek care or testing. 

Here are some other important things to know:

  • Vaccine information: COVID-19 vaccines are now available to anyone 16 years and older. Patient and residence eligibility requirements no longer apply. Appointment information can be found here. More COVID-19 vaccine information can be found here.
  • Anyone who thinks they have COVID-19 or is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should: 
    • Stay home* and keep members of your household home from school/work. Next,
      • Call your medical provider to receive an electronic COVID-19 test order that will allow you to use the St. Peter's drive-up testing site
      • If you want to be seen by a medical provider, call your provider or visit one of our Urgent Care clinics for a walk-in appointment. Our providers will determine if a COVID-19 test is appropriate
      • *If symptoms are life-threatening call 9-1-1 or visit the Emergency Department immediately. Our Emergency Department is open 24/7 for emergency medical needs. 
  • Testing information, including FAQs and community testing site details, can be found here.
  • Service and visitor information: We have taken a series of steps to help protect our patients and caregivers. When you come to our clinics and facilities, here's what to expect: 
    • Visitor restrictions remain in place at all our facilities. Restrictions vary based on type of visit or stay and by department. Please review the restrictions carefully before any visit. 
    • All allowed visitors and patients will be screened and required to wear masks while inside our facilities. This includes when they are in a patient room.
    • Patients are expected to wear a mask unless they are under the age of two.
    • Everyone is encouraged to bring their own mask, but please note that per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation, bandanas, buffs, gaiters and vented masks are not considered appropriate face coverings. Cloth masks are available to borrow at all entrances for anyone without a mask or appropriate face covering. 
    • Patients arriving for appointments or procedures may be asked to wait in their car. 
    • All public entrances to the Regional Medical Center (except the Emergency Room and Urgent Care) will close at 6:00 p.m. until further notice. The Main and East entrances will be closed during the weekend (please use Emergency Department entrance).
    • Our facilities are open, although some services have been adjusted. Changes to services are detailed here. Remember that waiting to seek care can be harmful, especially if you have chronic illness, major health issues or a life-threatening emergency. 
  • Staying safe: There are steps everyone can take to help protect themselves and their loved ones, and limit the spread of illness in our community. 
  • For general information on COVID-19, we suggest these trusted resources.


"Rest assured, St. Peter’s Health is here to care for you. We have a team of leaders and medical staff dedicated to COVID-19." 

~St. Peter's Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Shelly Harkins