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Asante’s COVID-19 incident command halted for now

The team of Asante leaders met for more than a year to coordinate pandemic responses, but its work may be complete.

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Asante’s community response included a COVID-19 hotline advertised in Jackson and Josephine counties.

After 15 months of meeting each week — often twice a week — to address all things COVID, Asante’s incident command has ended for the foreseeable future.

Leaders from across the organization began meeting on March 4, 2020, to quickly find solutions to the various crises caused by the pandemic, including massive PPE shortages, too few ICU beds and ventilators, rapidly changing infection-prevention concerns, staffing shortages, COVID testing needs and much more.

Even though COVID-19 persists, the degree of Asante’s response has decreased over time, thanks largely to the availability of vaccines and the safety precautions we’ve followed since day one. If the situation changes, Asante will reconvene incident command as needed.

An incident command system is typically used to coordinate responses to mass events such as a natural disaster. For COVID-19, Asante’s incident command team played a vital role in the community’s response to the pandemic. It established mobile testing sites in Jackson and Josephine counties, a community COVID-19 hotline, and worked with public health agencies to coordinate mass-vaccination clinics and open the Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic.

“Your commitment to the safety of our employees and patients has been instrumental in our ability to weather this unexpected storm,” said Scott Kelly, Asante CEO. “Thank you for your outstanding work and the dedication you bring with you every day for the well-being of our community.”

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