COVID-19 Notice: Barton Health remains prepared to care for those with COVID-19. Please read our up-to-date information, including how to access to care and current visitation policies. Learn more.
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Coronavirus, COVID-19

Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

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Medical services at Barton Memorial Hospital and outpatient clinical offices are open, including our Emergency Department and Urgent Care. 

The safety of our patients and staff continue to be our top priority and our offices have implemented safety precautions including requiring face masks, screening patients, limiting visitation, updated common areas for social distancing, heightened disinfecting practices, and limiting some appointments and procedures.

Your doctor will determine if your care is appropriate for a virtual or in-person visit. Please call your doctor's office to speak to your health team about your care.

If you have experienced, in the last 14 days, a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, muscle pain, chills, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, diarrhea or vomiting, OR if you have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please call your health provider’s office or Barton’s COVID-19 Clinical Health Line at 530.600.1999.

You may experience a hold time of up to 10 minutes during business hours, or longer after hours.


Barton is Prepared for COVID-19

Barton Health, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been planning and preparing for the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) since the emergence of the outbreak in late 2019. The health and well-being of the community, in addition to that of staff and medical providers, remains the top priority. Barton Health has the resources and expertise, along with emergency management preparation to provide appropriate care for any COVID-19-afflicted patients. Barton Health will continue to prioritize the safety of our community and work daily with the CDC, CDPH along with other local agencies and emergency responders until the threat of this viral infection has subsided.

Community spread within California and Nevada is ongoing; Barton takes COVID-19 seriously and remains proactive in managing the health and safety of patients and care providers. Barton has implemented system-wide strategies to provide coordinated care while mitigating exposure to healthcare workers and vulnerable patient populations, including elevated screening protocols in place in all clinical areas and screening stations at the entrances to Barton Memorial Hospital; isolation protocols go into effect immediately if a patient presents with COVID-19 symptoms and meets CDC screening criteria. Should a patient screen accordingly, Barton Health has specially-trained staff and equipment to provide supportive care and will proceed testing per protocol.

A 24/7 Barton COVID-19 Health Line, 530.600.1999, is available for the general public to call if experiencing symptoms of, in the last 14 days, a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, muscle pain, chills, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, OR if you have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Health Line callers can ask questions and be scheduled for screening, testing and medical care at Barton’s referral-only respiratory screening centers. These standalone facilities were opened to provide a safe screening location, increasing access to services for those in need while minimizing exposure to others, if referred by a medical provider.

Under the guidance of the CDPH, as well as national, state and local health authorities, Barton is prepared in case of a surge in patients seeking medical care and has plans ready to add capacity across our health system. Plans allow for doubling of bed capacity in secure and safe locations throughout the hospital campus to accommodate patients who may be infected by the virus. This capacity increase will result in approximately 150 total acute beds, with 25 intended for intensive care patients, and nine ventilators and eight emergency rescue ventilators.


COVID-19 information changes quickly, you can also find current details from these resources:

Local Public Health Departments

  • El Dorado County Health Department

    For the quickest response, residents in El Dorado County are encouraged to use the 211 El Dorado service for questions about COVID-19. The service is free, confidential and available 24/7 in multiple languages across the County:
    • Dial 211 on your phone to speak to a live operator
    • Text your zip code to 898211
  • Carson City & Douglas County Health Department
    • 775-283-4789 - 8am-5pm

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