ROSEBURG, Ore.-- Aviva Health has opened a respiratory clinic to treat those with symptoms of coronavirus.
Aviva Health has eight general health clinics across Douglas County. However, staff said they don’t want symptomatic patients visiting those clinics to prevent the spread of the virus.
The respiratory clinic has been open for two weeks. They said it was created to treat symptomatic patients in one place.
“It’s focused mainly on that side to where we can focus our patient care away from the general population of the clinics,” said Edward Larson, CEO of Aviva Health.
Larson said they created the respiratory clinic with the national shortage of personal protective equipment in mind.
He said the three employees working in the clinic are the only ones using Aviva Health’s PPE right now, meaning there will be more available in the long run.
“Our goals here are to protect our staff and our patients,” said Larson. “And second, to extend the life of our PPE. We don’t have a lot.”
Larson said they’ve also implemented telehealth services, which is the ability to hold appointments with patients virtually or over the phone.
He said telehealth has helped keep patients away from the clinics to avoid the risk of spread.
The clinic is located in the Roseburg Aviva Health Center on Kenneth Ford Drive.