COVID-19 Employee Resources

Employee Forms

If you feel you are a vulnerable employee or if you are sick and showing symptoms, fill out either of two forms below that pertain to you.
All information provided is completely confidential.

Employee FAQ

What should I do if I am afraid to come to work due to fear of exposure to COVID-19?
Is my job protected if I choose to stay home?

Tri-State is committed to providing a safe work environment for employees. We will carefully monitor and follow all OSHA, CDC and other guidelines regarding employee and patient safety. Currently, you are expected to maintain your current schedule unless you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (or other illnesses or injuries), or are otherwise directed by your Director, EC, or Employee Health. There is a process we will follow to determine approved absence from work. Our goal is to keep everyone working as best as possible based on one’s regular hours of work. You may be asked to help out in different departments where you are qualified to do so, or to help out with various duties in other departments, e.g., manning the entrances, taking temps and screening visitors, etc.  

You also have access to the Tri-State Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a no-cost confidential service provided by Guidance Resources. Through your EAP, you and other members of your household have access to assistance and counseling related to many concerns and issues, including fears related to COVID-19. You can access the EAP at 1-866-681-3416.

Will I be required to care for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 if I am at greater risk due to an underlying health condition or any other reason?

We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees. We will make every effort to limit exposure to patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 for employees who are a greater risk of illness or complications related to COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions. Our business is taking care of sick patients and that won’t change,however, we are committed to protecting all employees as mentioned.

Does Tri-State have a plan to allow employees to work from home?

There are no specific plans allowing this at this time, but decisions related to work-from-home options are being continually evaluated. As a healthcare facility, we have a duty to provide minimal disruption to patient care, which means the opportunities for working from home are limited and must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. There have been asks about ‘essential vs non-essential’ employees and just to clarify ALL employees and ALL departments are essential. We need all departments working to fulfill our mission. Some departments or staff may be able to work from home, which is where we believe the confusion on non-essential vs essential comes into play. Each department Director will be working with their EC member to evaluate the impact employees working from home will have on patient care,business operations, and technology resources. We are not a Regence or Google,etc., where we can just have everyone work from home. Our business is taking care of patients and that requires employees being here to do so.

If we have a family member (children, elderly parents) we take care of daily who is showing symptoms, should we self-quarantine and work from home for 14 days?

Not unless the family member tests positive for COVID-19. You should monitor yourself for development of any symptoms and if they develop, you should contact Employee Health to complete the risk assessment screening. At this time, the 14-day isolation is only required after travel to a CDC high risk area or exposure to a known or suspected COVID-19 patient.

What should I do if I or a family member are considered “vulnerable” to COVID-19?

Vulnerable persons are defined as one or more of the following: older than 60 years, underlying medical condition, pregnant women, immunocompromised.

If you fall into one of these categories, please contact Employee Health to determine your work status. The advice for you or family members is similar to our general recommendations including practicing good hand hygiene, frequent cleaning of high touch items and avoiding close contact with others if they begin to notice any symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath. Also, consider limiting exposures of yourself and these family members to large gatherings and public events.

How will I be paid if I have been advised to self-quarantine or if I am diagnosed with COVID-19?

Employees who have been advised by a healthcare professional to self-quarantine, or are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, need to contact Employee Health for screening. An employee may receive up to two weeks of pay,based on their regularly scheduled hours of work, while in self-quarantine due to symptoms or possible exposure; however, they may be asked or required to work from home during this time. Employees who have a confirmed case of coronavirus may receive up to two weeks of pay, based on their regularly scheduled hours of work, for the duration of their isolation. In all cases, employees who are in self-quarantine or diagnosed with COVID-19 and wish to be paid, must contact Employee/ Health for COVID-19 screening. Employees who do not meet the Employee Health COVID-19 screening criteria will be required to take PTO and/or EIB per policy guidelines. Employees who miss more than two weeks of work related to self-quarantine or COVID-19 diagnosis will have their situations reviewed on an individual basis by HR.

What will happen if there are school and/or daycare closures? Will I be required to come to work?

The Clarkston School District and the Asotin-Anatone School District will both be providing child care for all medical personnel, first responders and those who are documented as homeless; however specific details regarding what age groups and other limitations are still being worked out with the Washington State Governor’s office. Please notify the office manager of your child’s school as soon as possible if you will be requesting this service. The Boys and Girls Club of the LC Valley (Lewiston location), will be providing care for school-age children of hospital employees. For more information, call (208)746-2301. Currently, the Lewiston School District is closed through March 27, and is not offering day care. If you have a child under school age that is in full-time day care, and the facility closes, we encourage you to look at alternative options, which may include turning to friends and family for additional help, or setting up a co-op with other parents. Please notify Human Resources if your day care closes, or if you have potential day care solutions that may assist other TSMH parents experiencing the same issue.

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