Coronavirus Update

If You Suspect You have COVID-19

Contact your provider as you normally would. Please do not go to your doctor's office, an urgent care clinic or the emergency room without calling first.

Call the COVID-19 HelpLine

Open 7:00 am - 7:00 pm, 7 days per week

COVID-19 Symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include high fever, difficulty breathing, or a cough. A majority of people who get the virus will have mild symptoms.

People at risk for more signficant symptoms includes the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, lung disease, heart disease and/or weakened immune systems.

What We Know About The Disease

Current understanding about COVID-19 is laregly based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. Currently, the thought is that it is mainly spread from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People are thought to be most contagious when they are the most symptomatic (the sickest).

For confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported cases have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include: fever, cough, shortness of breath. The CDC believes at this time the symptoms of the COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People who think they may have been exposed should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

Santiam Hospital is commited to the health of the community and will continue to monitor and implement all protocols recommended by the Oregon Health Authority and the CDC in response to the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Personal Prevention

Even though this is a worrisome public health situation, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 to the general public is believed to be low. Everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging health threat:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Stay home if you ae sick.
  • Avoid non-essential travel to China and other highly affected areas.
  • Since it's currently flu season, it is recommended you get a flu vaccine.


There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. However, if your symptoms are mild and you do not need medical attention, you can treat COVID-19 as you would any other viral illnesses. If you need medical attention, you should call your primary care provider.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I be tested?
Please call Santiam Hospital for more information about COVID-19 testing.
How can I avoid COVID-19?
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray and wipe.
Does wearing a mask help?
Masks are not necessary for healthy individuals. If you show symptoms like a fever or cough a mask is a great tool to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
Is there a treatment?
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. However, if you have mild symptoms you can treat COVID-19 as you would other viral illnesses. People who think they may have been exposed should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
Can I request patient records?
Patients can request records by email at sbrainard@santiamhospital.org or call 503-769-9220 or fax 503-769-5312.

Notary services will not be available until further notice.

We are so grateful to have community members wanting to help the hospital staff and patients/visitors with masks and gowns. We are looking for donated supplies as well as volunteers to assemble gowns and sew masks.

Donated Supplies Needed

  • If you are a business in town and have commercial grade masks and other PPE material, we would appreciate any and all donations of these vital supplies. They do need to be new and in the original boxes or wrapping. We cannot accept used.
  • We need the following supplies in order for our volunteers to continue to assemble gowns for our staff and masks for our patients, visitors, and staff.
    • Tarps (new and still in the wrapping) that you would use to cover something outside
    • Clear Shower Curtains (new and still in the wrapping)
    • Elastic 3/8 inch
    • Elastic 1/8 inch
    • Elastic 1/4 inch
    • Bias Tape- extra wide double folded
    • Tyvec

Volunteers Wanted

Our greatest needs at this time are gowns and masks for hospital staff.

Sew Gowns

To sew gowns for the hospital staff there are two options:

Option One

Volunteers will be given a kit to then assemble. You will need a serger to sew the gowns together. A sewing machine will not be appropriate for the gowns.

Please contact giving@santiamhospital.org make arrangements for pick-up of kits.

Option Two

Volunteers can follow this video and make gowns that will be reusable. Kits will not be provided for this option.

Sew Masks

We are seeking two types of masks, one for staff/patients and one for visitors:

High Exposure Masks

The following mask is for staff / patients in more exposed areas:

We ask that you modify the Deaconess pattern as noted below.
Video Tutorial:
To assemble the masks, we ask that you CUT AT 7” X 9” and are in the following order:


The 1st and 2nd layers will be from a pre-cut, non-woven material, 3 or 5micron filtered fabric provided by the hospital. It comes in two layers, one blue and one pink. Both MUST be used in each mask. Do NOT pre-wash the filters.
Limited supply of pre-cut filters available at the hospital. Please contact the hospital to make arrangements for pick-up of pre-cut filters.

The 3rd layer should be cut from pre-washed, tightly woven quilting cotton provided by the volunteer. Pre-wash quilting cotton in HOT water.

You may use ¼ inch elastic instead of 1/8 inch. If you don’t have elastic, fabric ties may be used.

If available, please sew in a wired pipe cleaner at the top so one can mold it to their face.

Please only make the adult size mask in a 7” x 9” size.

Low Exposure Masks

The following mask is for visitors of the hospital. Volunteers will need to use supplies at home and donate to the hospital. Thank you!

Here are the instructions for mask that will be used for visitors of the hospital:
You may drop off donated materials, masks, and gowns at the Emergency Room. There will be a desk outside with a member of our staff to accept the donations so you do not need to enter the hospital.

If you have any questions, please email giving@santiamhospital.org or call 503-769-9319. Email is the preferred method of communication.

Any homemade masks and gowns donated to the hospital that are not used during this COVID 19-time period will be sent with our medical team who donates their time in Haiti.

Thank you so much for wanting to help out our community in this challenging time.

SIT Mobile

Santiam Service Integration, a program of Santiam Hospital will be implementing a service called, SIT MOBILE in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This service will begin on Thursday, April 2nd 2020

SIT MOBILE will have a base operation out of Sublimity in partnership with Ditters Town Square. SIT MOBILE’s phone number is 503 409 3652 and email is sitmobile@santiamhospital.org.

What service does SIT MOBILE provide? SIT MOBILE will be serving the vulnerable community. Those with weakened immune systems, the senior population, and households whose income has been impacted by the COVID-19. If someone is needing help with basic household items, food, or picking up of prescriptions they would contact SIT MOBILE at 503-409-3652 and leave a detailed message of the help they are needing with their contact information. A SIT MOBILE Volunteer will then call the household and discuss the needs and put together a box of items available. One of our SIT Mobile Drivers will then deliver the items to their doorstep. Included in the box will be education and awareness of the COVID-19 Virus.

SIT MOBILE will be working closely with Stayton, Turner, and Aumsville Police Departments. They have volunteered to pick up and deliver prescriptions to anyone who contacts SIT mobile with this need.

We want to thank Ditters Town Square, SCTC, and our Service Integration Teams Members who have made this possible. Special thanks to United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Maps Credit Union for providing startup funds to assist with our mission. If you would like to help financially, please contact SIT MOBILE.

To All Our Family and Friends in the Community,

External threats are recognized, their potential analyzed and appropriate responses are created for the protection of the greater good. This is now happening. The healthcare community has recognized the threat, is sharing information and initiating the best solutions in defense of the community’s and individuals’ health.

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is now directly affecting us locally, I want to assure you our actions are focused on the safety of our patients, the Santiam Canyon community and our healthcare team. Santiam Hospital’s dedicated healthcare team is fully prepared to meet the challenges of COVID-19 as well as routine, urgent and emergent healthcare needs. During this time, COVID-19 places us all at an increased risk; especially the elderly and immunocompromised population. We have mobilized our COVID-19 Task Force and Emergency Preparedness Incident Command groups. Our Medical Staff and Hospital & Clinic Staff in preparation to meet the challenges ahead.

The following measures have been put into effect at Santiam Hospital:

  • Visitor access to the Hospital has been restricted to one visitor per patient per day. Visiting hours are 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
  • Our front entrance is now open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
  • All visitors are being screened for symptoms upon entry.
  • Our Hospital Cafeteria is only open to the Hospital Staff.
  • Non-urgent and elective procedures are temporarily being delayed. Patients will be notified. Your healthcare needs are best determined between you and your healthcare provider. Patients with questions about the cancellation of their procedure may contact their healthcare provider’s clinic. When elective procedures resume, patients will be notified.
  • A new Respiratory Clinic, located on the Hospital’s campus for diagnosis and treatment of patients with respiratory symptoms, is open and taking appointments. The clinic phone number is: 503.769.2413
  • A COVID-19 HelpLine (503.769.1999), staffed by a team of dedicated Registered Nurses, who are ready to answer of your COVID-19 related questions, is available 7 days a week from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
  • Thank you for your good will and generous actions of giving, especially now, for those providing N95 masks and other donations of equipment and funding to the Hospital. For more information about how you can help, email giving@santiamhospital.org.

Santiam Hospital will continue to update our messaging. You can follow us on our website and on Facebook as COVID-19 information evolves.

I encourage you to visit the World Health Organization (WHO) or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Oregon Health Authority and Marion County Health Department.

While these are unprecedented and uncertain times, I am confident we will get through this together. Remember, Santiam Hospital is here for you.

Terry Fletchall
President & CEO

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Santiam Hospital is a not-for-profit, 40 bed acute-care hospital located in Stayton, Oregon, which is a short 12-mile drive east of Salem, and serves more than 30,000 people annually from the communities of Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, Mill City, Jefferson, and the surrounding areas.




1401 North 10th Ave.
Stayton, OR 97383