Information about COVID-19

We know many in our community are concerned about the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation and in our region. The very most important thing you can do for yourself and for your families right now is:

Do not panic and do your best not to spread germs.

While there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, there are things you can do to reduce the likelihood of catching it:

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Clean and disinfect everything using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or any other cold or respiratory virus, wear a face mask to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
  • Wear a mask or face covering if you have to go out in public.

COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. If you experience any of these symptoms, call Marimn Health immediately to determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19.

This situation is changing rapidly but rest assured, our team at Marimn Health has been in close contact with the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council, key Tribal Headquarters department directors, the Benewah Market, the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, as well as public health authorities and local, regional, state, and federal agencies to review the most recent developments and to assess the preparedness of our community.

For more information about the planning and activities of the Emergency Operations Committee at Marimn Health:

COVID-19 Update

Because there is continued community spread of COVID-19 across the Inland Northwest, we want to remind you of a few important things. First, direct contact is still thought to be one of the biggest ways this virus spreads – from person to person. Direct contact means 6 feet or closer for 10 minutes or longer with one or more persons NOT wearing a mask. Remember the protocols we have in place to protect you also minimize direct contact with others.

  • If everyone is wearing a mask, that helps us all keep germs to ourselves
  • Physical distancing that keeps you further than 6 feet apart helps slow the spread of the virus from person to person
  • You are not likely to get the virus from a quick encounter such as passing someone in the hallway or at the grocery store
  • Regular hand washing and frequent cleaning will keep you from spreading any germs or viruses

You should also know that COVID-19 has what is called an incubation period. This means that if you are exposed to the virus it can take up to 14 days for the virus to develop within your body. Marimn Health will provide each individual with recommendations on the best time to be tested based on exposure and the length of your quarantine if needed. Because each situation is different, recommendations will vary based on time and length of exposure and your work/life environment among other things.  Remember, COVID-19 can take up to 14 days to show up, so if you have been in direct contact with someone who has COVID-19, you will still have to quarantine for the full 14 days to see if you eventually get sick – even if you come in and test negative after 2 days or 5 days or even 10 days.

If you or someone you know is experiencing any symptom that is concerning, call Marimn Health’s nursing line at 208-686-8213.

Marimn Health is only testing tribal members, our community members, employees of tribal entities, and current Marimn Health patients. Those who do not fall within these categories will be screened and referred to another location for testing.