Alert: St. Croix Regional Medical Center COVID-19 Updates

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 COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

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SCRMCCoronavirus Information

Coronavirus Information

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. It is part of the coronavirus family, which include common viruses that cause a variety of diseases from head or chest colds to more severe (but more rare) diseases like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

To keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:

  • Stay home while you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash, and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently- touched objects and surfaces.

The CDC is the best place for accurate and up-to-date information:

COVID-19 most often causes respiratory symptoms that can feel much like a cold, a flu, or pneumonia. COVID-19 may attack more than your lungs and respiratory system. Other parts of your body may also be affected by the disease.

  • If at any point you experience shortness or breath or difficulty breathing, please contact the clinic or call 911.
  • Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, but some people become severely ill.
  • If you have symptoms and can manage them at home, you don’t need to seek health care.
  • St. Croix Regional Medical Center will continue to follow 10 days of isolation for individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 to best serve patients and staff. Patients needing clinical services during their isolation must be scheduled via telehealth or in the Respiratory Illness Clinic. For more urgent situations, patients should go to the Emergency Department.
  • Some people including those with minor or no symptoms may suffer from post-COVID conditions — or “long COVID”.
  • Older adults and people who have certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Almost one million people have died from COVID-19 in the United States.
  • Vaccines against COVID-19 are safe and effective. Vaccines teach our immune system to fight the virus that causes COVID-19.

Visitor Policy Changes:

Effective 12/1/2021 the guidelines for visitation are as follows:

All visitors must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and must wear a mask at all times when in the facility in order to visit or accompany any patient. While the State of Wisconsin is no longer mandating masks, patients and our employee's safety and health is of our utmost priority. SCRMC is still following CDC recommendations for masking, and masks are still required in SCRMC facilities all the time. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • Visitors who are high risk for severe illness from COVID-19, including patients who are older adults or patients with underlying medical conditions are strongly discouraged from visiting the healthcare setting.
  • The visiting restrictions do not apply to a parent or legal guardian of a minor or legal guardian for any person.
  • Visitors should remain with the patient they are with as much as possible and avoid other locations within the facility.
  • Visitors should not be present during aerosol generating procedures.
  • Surgical Services visitors that leave the building will not be allowed to resume visiting.
  • Visitors will not be allowed for COVID positive or COVID suspect patients, unless there are extenuating circumstances.
  • We encourage loved ones to use other ways to communicate with COVID-19 patients, which may include Skype, FaceTime, telephone calls or other options.

Med/Surg and ICU: Patients may designate one visitor at a time, with one switch per
day, for their entire stay. In compassionate care situations, additional visitors may be allowed based upon care team discretion.

Obstetrics: One support person may be designated per patient with one switch per day.

Emergency Services: One support person may be allowed based on patient need and based on nursing discretion.

Surgical Services: One support person may be designated per patient.

Ambulatory Visits (Clinic, Rehab, DI, Infusion, Outpatient surgery): One person may be present during a visit based on the individual needs of the patient such as communication deficits or in cases in which it is best for the patient to have a support person present such as a new diagnosis, complex education, or other.

An Update from SCRMC

We need your help.

As your community partner, we strive to fill the healthcare needs of the areas we serve. Unfortunately, the ability to meet these needs is getting harder. Right now, we are seeing unprecedented numbers of patients in our emergency department and hospital. The sheer number of people requiring higher levels of care strains all of our resources and creates a shortage of available beds and services.

Accidents will continue to happen. Stitches are still needed. Bones will still break. Heart attacks and strokes are still serious concerns. We want to ensure we are able to help anyone suffering through these and other emergencies. That’s why we are asking for your assistance.

We ask all community members, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, to wear masks in public spaces, particularly indoors due to the very high COVID-19 case rate in our area. In addition, social distancing and hand hygiene are essential to reducing the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses.

SCRMC is committed to continuing our long history of caring for our patients and communities. It’s because we care about you that we ask you to get vaccinated and take the measures outlined above to stop the spread of COVID-19.

We want to have the capacity to help you when you need us. Please, help us make sure we are able to help you.