What John Muir Health is Doing to Keep the Community Safe
Updated April 6, 2020
- Is John Muir Health prepared to care for patients with COVID-19?
- Does John Muir Health have any COVID-19 patients?
- Is it safe to go to a John Muir Health facility for care?
- What is John Muir Health doing to clean its medical facilities?
- Can I donate supplies to John Muir Health?
Yes. We have detailed plans in place for our medical centers, outpatient facilities and doctors’ offices, and we manage the care of infectious or potentially infectious patients every day. In our medical centers, we have a number of negative pressure, airborne isolation rooms, which prevent infections from spreading to any other patients or visitors.
Watch the story from ABC7 News about how John Muir Health is prepared for COVID-19.
Yes, we are currently treating patients who have tested positive for COVID-19. For patient privacy reasons, we cannot provide any other information. We are working closely with County Health Departments to share information about the patients we are caring for in our health system. Please know that we safely manage the care of infectious or potentially infectious patients every day. In our medical centers, we have a number of negative pressure, airborne isolation rooms, which prevent infections from spreading to any other patients or visitors. We have also designated specific areas of our medical centers to care for patients with COVID-19. In our Urgent Care Centers, we have separate areas for Respiratory Urgent Care and Standard Urgent Care. This prevents patients without respiratory symptoms from being exposed to patients with respiratory symptoms.
Yes, we have screening guidelines in place to identify and properly care for any patients with COVID-19 symptoms.
Due to the heightened community risk of COVID-19 infection, John Muir Health is following cleaning and disinfection guidelines recommended by the CDC and California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), as well as instructions from John Muir Health infection prevention specialists. These recommendations and guidelines are all in alignment with the cleaning policies and procedures already in place at our facilities.
- Regularly cleaning all high-touch surfaces (anything people commonly touch such as door handles, arm chairs, counters, etc.) in our hospitals and outpatients facilities, which include physician practices and Urgent Care Centers, using CDC-recommended cleaning supplies.
- In our hospitals, we follow all industry standard guidelines by cleaning every occupied inpatient room daily. We also clean and disinfect every vacant room before the next patient arrives.
- We are deep cleaning any isolation precaution rooms in our hospitals and outpatient facilities where we have cared for patients with a fever and/or respiratory conditions (including cough, sneeze).
We greatly appreciate the many offers to drop-off supplies, equipment and other items from our community. Your donations, combined with our existing supplies, will help to keep our patients, physicians, nurses and clinical and support staff safe.
What We Accept
To be accepted, donations must be in the original packaging and meet our infection control standards. At this time, we are not accepting homemade food.
Priority Supplies to Donate
- Masks (N95, Surgical or Isolation)
- Gowns (Isolation or Surgical)
- Face Shields
- Goggles (Non-vented)
- Eye Shields
- Disinfecting Wipes (Clorox or Sani-cloth)
- Hand Sanitizer
- CAPR/PAPR Machines and Disposables
How to Donate:
To connect with us directly if you have questions about your donation or to arrange for the pick-up of a large donation, please send an email to JMHdonations@johnmuirhealth.com.
If you would like to drop-off a donation in person, please deliver it to:
John Muir Health, Walnut Creek Medical Center
175 La Casa Via
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Donation drop-off hours: 8am-6pm daily
Please see map for donation drop-off location. There is also signage to help direct you. Please turn right just before the entrance to the parking garage and wait. Staff will be there to assist you.
Supplies donated at this location will be used for both of our medical centers (Concord and Walnut Creek) and in our outpatient facilities.
Thank you for your support as we work together to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to wash your hands and stay healthy!