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Coronavirus Information

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a new and dynamic situation and it is important to know that SCRMC is working to ensure our providers, staff and facilities have the proper training and materials to help keep the public safe.

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: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Most cases of COVID-19 are mild with symptoms like fever and coughing. If you have symptoms and can manage them at home, you don’t need to seek health care. If your symptoms worsen, call your 715-483-3221 before seeking care in-person. This gets you the care you need without putting others at risk of exposure.

Visitor Policy Changes:

Effective 11/3/2020 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.

  • 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 may only visit the patient that they are with, and should not go to other locations in the facility.
  • Surgical Services visitors that leave the building will not be allowed to resume visiting.
  • Visitors should not be present during aerosol generating procedures.
  • Visitors will not be allowed for COVID positive or COVID suspect (PUI) 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: No visitors unless compassionate care situations based upon nursing discretion. Examples: end of life situations, patients with impaired cognitive status or communication deficits requiring a support person or advocate.

Obstetrics: One support person may be designated per patient for the entire stay.

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

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.

Fabric Surgical Mask Donations:

Due to an outpouring of community support and desire to donate needed protective equipment, St. Croix Regional Medical Center is asking for donations of factory-made N95 and ear loop masks, as well as hand sewn ear loop masks. We are only able to accept the following types of fabrics, 100% cotton that is tightly woven such as twill, canvas, duck cloth, or denim. JoAnn Fabrics and Walmart may be offering donations of materials, please check with a location near you.

A video resource for how to make hand-sewn masks:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=21&v=9tBg0Os5FWQ&feature=emb_logo

Mask Instructions

Face Mask Pattern

Face Mask Pattern Option 2

Health care organizations, including SCRMC, are in need of additional masks to help meet ongoing health care needs and to help conserve existing personal protective equipment (PPE) for providers engaged in the coronavirus (COVID-19) response. Additionally, SCRMC welcomes notes of gratitude and encouragement that will be shared with front line staff to lift their spirits.

Masks can be safely donated Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. When you come to donate masks there will be a Mask Donation sign and a bin right outside the main door at each of the locations, please place masks in that bin.

Donation Locations:

Lindstrom Clinic:
12375 Lindstrom Lane
Lindstrom, MN 55045

Pine Street Business Office:
911 Pine Street
St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

St. Croix Regional Medical Center
Main Lobby
235 State Street
St. Croix Falls, WI 54024

Unity Clinic
1504 190th Avenue
Balsam Lake, WI 54810