Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updates for patients, visitors and the public

The John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center is working with experts to address the new coronavirus pandemic, treat patients, protect visitors and staff, and provide up-to-date information to our community.

We are screening everyone’s temperature who comes into our Providence Saint John’s Health Center Hospital and are taking precautionary methods to ensure the health and safety of our patients.

Our cancer clinics are open and we advise patients to contact your cancer care team for questions or more information. Telemedicine (virtual doctor visit) is also available when appropriate. If you need to schedule a surgery, a negative COVID-19 test result will be required. Please contact us to speak with our cancer care team to learn more.

Visit the Providence Hub for Coronavirus Resources

About COVID-19

About COVID-19

COVID-19 is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person and between people in close contact with one another. The virus is thought to spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. A health care provider can give you instructions for seeking care, including options for testing, while minimizing the risk of exposing others.



According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

*Please note, this list is not all inclusive. Consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.



You can protect yourself from COVID-19 infection the same ways you protect against the common cold or seasonal flu.

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
    • Before eating
    • When your hands are visibly soiled
    • After you have used the bathroom, been in public or blown your nose, coughed or sneezed
  • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol, if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, and throw your used tissues in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wear a face mask, only if you are sick or are caring for someone who is sick.
  • Put some distance between yourself and others, especially if:
    • Someone near you is sick
    • You are at a higher risk of serious illness
    • COVID-19 is spreading in your communities
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If You Feel Sick

If You Feel Sick

There are several things you should do if you are sick or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, and have a fever or respiratory illness (cough or shortness of breath):

  • Stay home if you are sick or believe you have been exposed to the virus, even if you aren’t showing any symptoms.
  • Avoid public areas and transportation.
  • Call your health care provider or schedule a Virtual Visit first and before coming into the doctor’s office or emergency department.
  • Avoid coming to the emergency department, unless you have a health emergency and/or you have been advised by your health care provider to do so. This helps prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19 infection.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals as much as possible, while you are sick.
  • Wear a face mask, if you are sick.
  • Monitor yourself for fever, coughing and shortness of breath.
  • Take the same precautions you would if you had the common cold or flu (e.g., wash your hands frequently).

Content provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more guidance, please visit the CDC website.

COVID-19 Clinical Trials

COVID-19 Clinical Trials

At the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center we are not only conducting various clinical trials for cancer treatment, but we are now a designated site for clinical trials that are evaluating the two most promising drugs in treating patients and combating COVID-19.

Click here to view our COVID-19 Clinical Trials