COVID-19
Saint Luke's Community Updates

As COVID-19 evolves and information changes, how we adapt changes as well. You can find the most up-to-date information on the significant updates that Saint Luke's has shared on social media or with local media.

March 25, 2020 - Saint Luke’s Coordinates Community Donations of Personal Protective Equipment

As the number of COVID-19 cases steadily climb in the United States, the demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care professionals is climbing right along with it. PPE is the highly specialized gear that minimizes exposure to the hazards that can cause serious workplace injuries or illnesses. During this time of global crisis, the people of Kansas City are searching for ways they can help in the fight against COVID-19. Donating valuable PPE is one way they’ve found to do just that.

Saint Luke’s Health System is now pleased to accept donations of much-needed PPE that will help keep our team of health care professionals safe and healthy as they provide care throughout the pandemic.

What Items Are Needed?

Currently, our greatest PPE needs are for:

  • N95 masks*
  • Gowns
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Hand Sanitizer

*N95 masks are respiratory protective devices made from a special material that achieves a very close facial seal around the nose and mouth. These masks are highly efficient at filtering airborne particles.

Can I Make Masks?

Saint Luke’s has a supply of antimicrobial fabric available for those who want to donate their time to sew masks for our care providers. To learn more, please read the Alternative Procedural Mask Assembly Directions, which include material needs and sewing instructions.

Saint Luke’s staff will deliver fabric directly to each community member and will pick up masks when they are complete.

How Do I Donate?

Interested in making and/or donating PPE for our valued Saint Luke’s team members? Let us know! Please contact Saint Luke’s at 816-932-2252 or slhf@saintlukeskc.org to discuss the donation process and how you can contribute.

 

March 19, 2020 - Convenient Care: Six locations seeing patients with non-COVID-related symptoms

We are temporarily consolidating our Convenient Care clinics in Hy-Vee and Price Chopper grocery stores to 6 central locations that will focus exclusively on providing care for all non-COVID-related symptoms, conditions, and treatments. We’re committed to continue providing our community with safe, quick and easy access to exceptional care. Find your nearest open clinic.

Please remember people who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or you think it’s an emergency. #SocialDistancing #COVID19 #WeAreInThisTogether #PatientFocused
 

March 19, 2020 - Saint Luke's Drive-Through, Appointment Only, Testing

Beginning March 19, Saint Luke’s is providing drive-through, appointment-only, COVID-19 testing at three Saint Luke’s locations across the metro for certain Saint Luke’s patients with a physician’s referral and Saint Luke’s employees. As resources allow, we will make every effort to expand available testing. For now, we are prioritizing those at the greatest risk, per CDC recommendations. We are doing everything in our power to end #COVID19 in our community.

Read more: Saint Luke’s News: Three COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites set up for qualifying Saint Luke’s patients and employees
 

March 17, 2020 - Temporary Visitor Guidelines

To help protect our valued patients, clinicians, caregivers and staff, Saint Luke’s is temporarily instituting a “No Visitors” policy at all hospitals in our health system. Learn more about our temporary visitor guidelines.

To help implement these important restrictions, we are limiting public hospital entrances. At each of these entrances, we will be screening everyone—including vendors, contractors, volunteers, and non-SLHS providers—for cough, fever, and other cold/flu symptoms and reason for their visit.

At this time, it is critical for everyone to do their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and as a KC and regional health care leader for more than a century, we believe this is an important step to help protect our entire community.

We will continue to update our followers if other policies and processes are revised, following recommendations from the CDC and other government and health care agencies#COVID19 #NoVisitorsPlease #SocialDistancing #FlattenTheCurve 
 

March 11, 2020 - Reports with False Preventive Measures

False reports are circulating that say drinking alcohol can reduce the risk of COVID-19. This is not true. Saint Luke’s follows CDC guidance:

  • Practice good hand hygiene
  • Wash for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom, before eating, after blowing your nose or coughing.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes