WMC coronavirus updates - Wyoming Medical Center

WMC coronavirus updates

By Kristy Bleizeffer Oct 2, 2020

Wyoming Medical Center updates for local COVID-19 response will be posted here.

VISITING HOURS AND RESTRICTIONS

Visiting hours are now 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Limited visitation is allowed during these hours. If you have questions about visitor restrictions, please call ahead. (307) 577-7201

Effective Monday, Nov. 2, Wyoming Medical Center will no longer allow visitors in our hospitals. These are unprecedented times, and we are taking this very rare action to help ensure patient safety as well as the safety of their loved ones, caregivers and community members.

Exceptions for the hospital:

  • Pediatric patients (under the age of 18) may have one adult visitor with them.
  • Laboring mothers may have one support person with them.

Please use virtual visits via phone, FaceTime or video chats to keep in touch with your loved ones.

Exceptions at all other locations, including our clinics:

  • Pediatric patients (under the age of 18) may have one adult visitor with them.

All authorized visitors are subject to a health screening at all locations to ensure they are not exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness.

VISITOR CHECK-IN REQUIRED

All authorized visitors are required to register and go through the check-in process to gain access to our facility. A photo ID is required each time visitors check in at the following entry locations:

  • Main Entrance
  • West Entrance near Sky Lobby

Visitors will be issued a day-pass visitor badge that must be worn at all times while onsite. We appreciate your cooperation.

Current visitor restrictions

Many of our patients already have weakened immune systems, and may be very young, very old, or they may be here for an illness that weakens their body’s ability to fight infection. They might also have contagious illnesses themselves. Please note the following visitor restrictions:

  • All visitors will be given a mask and must wear it at all times, even in patient rooms.
  • No visitors may wait in Sky Lobby or Front Lobby. Visitors can wait in the ICU or OR waiting rooms.
  • No visitors under the age of 18.
  • Temperature checks will be administered for all visitors at the check-in stations. Temperatures of 99.6F or above will not be able to visit. Visitors will also be questioned regarding coughs and difficulty breathing.

​We will continue to monitor the situation, and may make adjustments in the days and weeks ahead. We apologize for this inconvenience, but must protect our patients, staff and the community. We appreciate your cooperation.

Respiratory symptom screening

Please utilize the Respiratory Symptom Screening Clinic if you are experiencing any respiratory symptom or illness

  • Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day
  • Located at 245 S. Fenway St.
  • Call upon arrival, (307) 233-0291, or proceed to the drive-through stations.

This clinic tests for COVID-19, RSV, Strep throat, influenza and other respiratory illnesses. Respiratory symptoms include fever or chills, sore throats, cough, nasal or chest congestion, fatigue, body aches, new loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting.

We are asking people to use the Respiratory Clinic instead of Immediate Care to better protect staff and community members.

    Learn more at WyomingMedicalCenter.org/Respiratory.

    PLEASE MASK-UP

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends people wear face coverings whenever they are in public or with people not from their households. But there is still confusion about who those face coverings are meant to protect.

    “It’s not as much about protecting yourself as it is about protecting someone’s kid who has asthma, or who has cancer or who is at higher risk of a serious COVID infection,” said Andy Dunn, MD, Wyoming Medical Center Chief of Staff and Chief of Primary Care.

    “Face coverings can help protect you from respiratory droplets expelled by people around you to a limited degree, but the goal is really to limit the droplets you expel to the people around you.”

    In this interview, Dr. Dunn explains the mechanics of coronavirus spread and why wearing a face covering is a civic responsibility.

    Our commitment to patients during re-opening

    As we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our community and state, Wyoming Medical Center has begun a thoughtful, deliberate process to re-open elective procedures and surgeries. Our commitment, as always, is to the safety of our visitors, patients and staff. We are taking every precaution necessary to ensure safe, high-quality care. Please read about our commitment to patients, families and caregivers here.

    PREGNANCY AND COVID-19

    Due to COVID-19 concerns, we are asking any woman 20 weeks or further in her pregnancy who is coming to the hospital for treatment of any kind to call ahead. This will allow us to do a phone screening for risk factors and helps to ensure your safety as well as the safety of other patients. Call (307) 577-5530.

    VALET PARKING

    Valet is closed until further notice. The valet staff is on site helping to direct traffic.