Jefferson Healthcare is a public hospital located in Port Townsend, Washington

I tested positive for COVID, how long do I need to isolate?

I tested positive for COVID, what should I do?

Jefferson County Public Health Department Testing Flowchart:

If you tested positive through the Jefferson Healthcare Express Clinic testing (self-swab PCR kits):

  • You will get a call from the COVID hotline RN with instructions
  • The COVID RN will screen you for eligibility for COVID oral antiviral medication
  • Consult the health department’s Testing Flowchart for isolation instructions until you receive a call

If you tested positive on a home (antigen) test kit:

  • Consult the health department’s Testing Flowchart for isolation instructions and for quarantine/testing instructions for those in your household or who have been in contact with you and to report positive result.
  • Contact your work and your child’s school to notify them that you tested positive
  • If you are >65 years of age or you are >12 years of age and have an immune system or chronic medical conditions and are interested in receiving COVID oral antiviral medication or if you have non-urgent symptoms that are concerning to you, please call the Jefferson Healthcare COVID RN Consult Line at 360-344-3094

COVID antiviral medications to treat COVID-19 illness

Jefferson Healthcare is administering COVID antiviral medications (Paxlovid, Molnupiravir, and Bebtelovimab) for the treatment of COVID-19 illness.  Jefferson County residents who have a positive COVID test may meet the criteria for these medications (all patients >65 years of age and those patients >12 years of age with immune system or chronic medical conditions or who are pregnant).

If you believe you qualify and would like COVID antiviral medications, please call the COVID Nurse Consult Line for screening and more information: 360.344.3094.  The line is answered daily from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, voicemail is checked regularly and in most cases, calls are returned the same day.

Additionally, free telehealth visits for antiviral medication consultations are available through The Washington State Department of Health.  If you qualify, their providers can prescribe antiviral medications to a local pharmacy. Visit Free Telehealth for COVID-19 Treatment for more information.  This service is available Mondays from 8 am-8 pm and Tuesdays-Sundays (and observed state holidays) from 8 am-6 pm

I would like to receive a COVID vaccine.

  • Jefferson Healthcare Sheridan Clinic is now scheduling nurse visit vaccine appointments for established patients 6 mo to 4 years and booster appointments for established patients 5-11 years old, who have already received two doses of the vaccine (with the 2nd dose being at least 5 months ago). Call or text (360)-379-8031 for an appointment.
  • Patients established with a Jefferson Healthcare primary care provider may be able to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination/booster through the primary care clinics in Port Townsend in conjunction with a provider visit.
  • Jefferson County Public Health website offers the most up-to-date vaccine information.

Additional boosters

With the approval from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) the CDC now recommends COVID 19 vaccine booster doses for children between the ages of 5 and 11 years old.  Jefferson Healthcare Sheridan clinic is now scheduling booster appointments for children 5-11 years old, who have already received two doses of the vaccine (with the 2nd dose being at least 5 months ago).   Appointments can be scheduled by calling or texting 360.379.8031.  Read more

The current focus of Jefferson Healthcare is to provide the ACIP-recommended COVID vaccinations to all patients. Patients with Jefferson Healthcare providers can receive COVID vaccination at regularly scheduled visits.

The Jefferson Healthcare Port Ludlow Pharmacy also schedules COVID vaccinations for adults.

Immunocompromised individuals may be able to schedule a vaccination with their provider, alternatively, local pharmacies are scheduling vaccination appointments. The Jefferson County Public Health Department website has the most up-to-date information about local options for your COVID vaccinations.

I think I have COVID-19, what should I do?

  • If you are having any urgent symptoms like shortness of breath, please hang up and call 911
  • If you believe you have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive patient, please call Jefferson County Public Health at 360-385-9400
  • If you are a Jefferson Healthcare patient and have non-urgent, COVID-like symptoms, please pick up a self-swab kit from the front of the Express Clinic.
  • If you have COVID-like symptoms and feel you need medical care, you can visit the Jefferson Healthcare Express Clinic, open 7 days/week (9am-7pm).  Please follow directions on signage outside the building before entering the Clinic.
  • For COVID testing resources and other COVID information, please visit the Jefferson County Public Health’s website at www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org

Where do I schedule a COVID booster dose or COVID vaccination?

The Jefferson County Public Health Department website has the most up to date information about local options for your COVID vaccinations.

JH Primary Care is unable to schedule ‘vaccination only’ appointments at this time.

Patients enrolled with a Jefferson Healthcare Primary Care provider may be able to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination/booster through the primary care clinics in Port Townsend in conjunction with a provider visit.

I lost my vaccine card and need a replacement?

For Jefferson Healthcare patients, who received vaccination with us, and have misplaced their vaccination card please email vaccineresponse@jeffersonhealthcare.org to arrange a replacement.

What are the side effects of vaccination?

The vaccines may cause side effects in some people, like sore muscles, feeling tired, or mild fever.  These reactions mean the vaccine is working to help teach your body how to fight COVID-19 if you are exposed.  For most people, these side effects will last no longer than a day or two.  Having these types of side effects does not mean that you have COVID-19.

Is there any reason I would not be able to schedule right now?

  • Not have had a lab-confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 in the last 10 days
  • Not be sick with symptoms of fever, cough, body aches, chills, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, runny nose, headache, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
  • Not have had contact with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Not be allergic to any component of the COVID-19 vaccine (for more information, see the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Use Approval Fact Sheet)

How do I know which sources of COVID-19 vaccine information are accurate?

Before considering vaccine information on the Internet, check that the information comes from a credible source and is updated on a regular basis. Learn more  here.

I still have questions about the vaccine who should I talk to?

The Jefferson Healthcare website has links to trusted vaccine sources.  Additionally, your medical provider can answer vaccine questions as it pertains to your personal health

I have more questions?

Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management will continue to host a phone bank staffed by community volunteers to assist with vaccine access and appointment scheduling. 360.344.9791

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Include email address to ensure phase notification for the COVID-19 Vaccine.

My Chart Providence Washington offers secure online access to portions of your electronic health record (EHR), called Epic. It enables you to securely use the Internet to receive and help manage information about your health, such as prescription refills and health records.

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Doc Talk | COVID-19 Vaccine

Chief Medical Officers offer their knowledge and expertise on the COVID-19 Vaccine.

COVID-19 and the vaccine is ever-changing.  All information given at the time of this recording (December 11, 2020) may not all be 100% accurate at the time of viewing. Significant changes will alert us to remove the content. 

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