It has come to our attention that Central Oregon employers are requesting for their employees to get tested and receive notes from doctors to confirm whether their employee(s) can continue to work or seek time off.
Businesses should notsend employees to St. Charles (or other medical facilities) for testing and documentation. This is contrary to advice from the CDC and OHA.
“We are at a critical juncture when it comes to stopping the spread of this disease. We need everyone, including our local employers, to help keep as many people at home as possible,” said Dr. Jeff Absalon, St. Charles’ chief physician executive. “Due to a shortage of supplies, we cannot test just anyone who asks for it – individuals must meet specific clinical criteria.”
  1. Medical facilities are only testing patients who meet specific clinical criteria at this time, due to short supplies.
  2. Medical facilities are not able to provide documentation for employers regarding this subject.
  3. We want people who are sick to stay home, except to get medical care.
  4. Coming to the hospital for conditions that don’t require emergency evaluation or treatment further strains limited resources for those who are truly in need.
  5. Asking for emergency room service means incurring expense – even though you may not get the COVID-19 test, if you’re seen in the ER, there will be a charge.