In This Together, Right From the Start

At the start of the pandemic, a Providence hospital treated the very first COVID-19 patient in the country, and from that moment on, the phrase “we’re in it together” took on a whole new meaning.

Throughout these challenging times, Providence has remained steadfast in its commitment to ensure the health and wellness of Orange County. In the pursuit of our Mission of providing whole person care for a better world, Providence is continuing to utilize the innovative, leading-edge technology and care that has made us a nationally-recognized network of hospitals.

In March 2020, Providence health facilities became the first in Orange County to offer drive-thru swabbing for the novel coronavirus for all those who sought testing for the infection, providing critical resources when they were needed most. As the pandemic continued, Providence facilitated the participation of its Orange County hospitals in the experimental antiviral drug remdesivir clinical trial, extending a potentially lifesaving treatment to Orange County patients.

Providence's St. Joseph Hospital of Orange became the first West Coast hospital to utilize the plasma of a COVID-19 survivor as an experimental treatment against the virus. By applying the latest in anti-viral technologies, Providence continues to help pave the way for advancements in the treatment and prevention of the coronavirus. More recently, our Providence St. Jude Medical Center developed an innovative COVID Long Haulers program to treat patients with persisting symptoms from the coronavirus. At Providence, we ensure complete, whole person care no matter the road to recovery.

In 2021, Providence remains dedicated in the fight against COVID-19 for the long term. Providence is committed to partnering with local and federal public health authorities to help ensure a smooth rollout of FDA approved vaccines, beginning with our most vulnerable populations, physicians, caregivers and other frontline workers.

Just as our Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange did more than a century ago during the 1918 flu pandemic, we are facing a health crisis with devastating impacts on our country. To be certain, we will emerge on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic stronger than ever before.

Our Commitment is to Your Health & Safety

Going Above and Beyond

Masks for Front Line Workers

One of our Sisters of St. Joseph, Sister Thuy Tran, CSJ, coordinated a group that together sewed more than 30,000 masks for hospitals, nursing homes, health clinics and nonprofit organizations in Orange County.

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Coming Together for OC

Community Innovation

A Providence Mission Hospital Mission Viejo nurse and her family came together to establish a cottage business for assembling face shields to protect against COVID-19. To date, this group has provided over 25,000 face shields for local hospitals and non-profits. The Providence Mission Hospital nurse, Jill Brubaker, stated, "Everybody has the same goal. To protect providers so they can care for the patients."

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Opening Our Doors

Safe Haven

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange have opened up 50 rooms in their motherhouse for Providence St. Joseph Hospital of Orange staff to help them avoid long commutes and cease the spread of the virus to their loved ones at home. Sister Jayne Helmlinger explained, "We wanted to do what we can for health care workers who are under a lot of stress and literally risking their lives."

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Leading the Way to Protect Orange County

To help keep our staff and communities safe, the Providence family of organizations in Orange County has implemented numerous safety measures, including increasing telehealth services, updating COVID-19 screening protocols, assisting in treatment research and furthering its commitment to our most vulnerable. To learn more about asymptomatic and symptomatic COVID-19 testing and appointment options, visit https://coronavirus.providence.org/.