Community coronavirus updates
By Kristy Bleizeffer Mar 13, 2020
Wyoming Medical Center and community updates for local COVID-19 response will be posted here.
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.
Respiratory Symptom Screening Program
Respiratory symptom screening is available at all of our walk-in clinics:
- Immediate Care, 3632 American Way
- Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
- (307) 233-7300
- Urgent Care East, 6600 E. Second St.
- Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
- (307) 473-6777
- Sage Primary Care walk-in, 1020 S. Conwell St.
- Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
- (307) 265-8300
Call upon arrival, and someone will meet you at your car. Please continue to wear a mask in public and practice social distancing!
The respiratory symptom screening program evaluates and treats respiratory symptoms while limiting local transmission of infectious illnesses such as influenza, RSV, COVID-19 and others. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, cough, nasal congestion, chest congestion and more.
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.
REVISED VISITOR GUIDELINES
Visiting hours are now 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. Limited visitation is allowed during these hours.
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.
Current restrictions include:
All visitors will be given a cloth mask and must wear it at all times, even in patient rooms.
- One visitor per patient per day (exceptions will be made for comfort care or terminally ill patients)
- No visitors to patients on isolation precautions
- No visitors in the Emergency waiting room
- Pediatric patients may have both parents visit, but only one at a time.
- Labor & Delivery/Mother Baby visitation:
- Any visitors to the The Birthplace must be accompanying a woman seeking care, or have the parental wristband. Wristbands must be on the wrist of the visitor.
- Upon admission, women will get their band placed and decide who will be given the second wristband with the understanding that this will be the only person who can visit during the woman's stay. This person will be encouraged to stay in the hospital with patients and not go back and forth throughout the day, and they will be required to wear a fabric face mask.
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 for all visitors at all three 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.
Patient masking: All patients will receive an ear-loop mask to wear whenever an employee is in the room and when the patient is out of the room. Staff are to ask patients to put their masks on when working in the room.
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.
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 is closed until further notice. The valet staff is on site helping to direct traffic.
Treating COVID-19 symptoms at home
Currently, there is no treatment for the COVID-19 virus, however there are ways to help control the symptoms. Most COVID-19 cases will be mild and will not require hospital care.
Symptoms of COVID-19 -- dry cough and fever -- may be reduced at home with over-the-counter medications that target those symptoms. These include throat lozenges to soothe your throat, Tylenol and Ibuprofen for fever, lots of rest and plenty of fluids.
If you are caring for someone with COVID-19 at home or are self-quarantining, please follow these CDC guidelines.
The CDC has issued the following guidelines for people with confirmed or suspected COVID 19 or those under investigation who do not need to be hospitalized, and for those previously hospitalized but medically stable enough to return home:
- Stay at home except to get medical care
- Separate yourself from other people in your home
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor
- Wear a facemask
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Wash hands often
- Avoid sharing personal household items
- Clean high-touch surfaces everyday
- Monitor your symptoms and call your doctor if they are worsening. If you are having trouble breathing, go to the ER.
"For COVID-19, the period of quarantine is 14 days from the last date of exposure, because 14 days is the longest incubation period seen for similar coronaviruses," according to the CDC.