Clark County Public Health and Vancouver Clinic Work Together to Bring Point of Care Testing to Long-Term Care Facilities

VANCOUVER, WA— Deaths related to COVID-19 are highest among those over the age of 80. This is true both in Clark County, according to our Clark County records, and nationally, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is why we’ve prioritized testing for our most at-risk population, especially for those living in long-term care facilities.   

Through a partnership between Clark County Public Health and Vancouver Clinic, residents and staff at adult family homes, assisted, independent living and skilled nursing facilities are able to get tested. A Vancouver Clinic care team is going into those facilities and collecting specimens. This allows those residents to remain in their homes and not have to travel and risk potential exposure, while allowing us to determine how many cases exist in those communities.

“Vancouver Clinic is doing universal testing in any long-term care facility that has had a case in either staff or a resident,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County Health Officer and Public Health Director. “We know with this disease elderly people and those with chronic health conditions are more likely to die so we want to do whatever we can to protect this population.”

Vancouver Clinic started going into care homes on April 9 and in the past two weeks has tested 600 staff and residents of long-term care homes in Clark County.

“It’s been our honor to work with Clark County Public Health in service to our community,” said Alfred Seekamp, Vancouver Clinic Chief Medical Officer. “We want to make sure the residents and staff of the long-term care homes have access to testing without having to leave their homes.”

Outside of long-term care homes, Vancouver Clinic has the ability to do rapid point of care testing for COVID-19 at our Columbia Tech Center and Ridgefield locations for new or established patients. Those tests for COVID-19 must be ordered at the discretion of a Vancouver Clinic healthcare provider. Patients need to call ahead (360) 882-2778 or schedule a video visit through MyChart

Visit the Public Health novel coronavirus webpage for the latest information on COVID-19 in Clark County. The webpage is updated by noon Monday through Friday to include the latest number of positive test results in Clark County, including those at long-term care facilities.

About Vancouver Clinic
Caring for people is our first priority and the driving force behind everything we do. Vancouver Clinic has served the community of Southwest Washington since 1936, and is the largest private, multispecialty clinic in Clark County. We currently offer seven locations across Vancouver, Battle Ground, Ridgefield and Washougal, and provide 40-plus medical specialties. With more than 1,200 employees and 400 providers, we are also one of the largest employers in the region, and a powerhouse for the local economy. For more information, visit tvc.org.