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SCRMCCoronavirus Information

Coronavirus Information

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.

Unless you have traveled to an area with community spread of COVID-19, or have been in prolonged contact with a confirmed patient, you are not at great risk of contracting COVID-19.

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 or be tested for COVID-19. 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.

COVID-19 testing guidelines vary across the United States

There is a national shortage of the materials used to test for COVID-19. Because of this, both the Minnesota and Wisconsin health departments have implemented recommendations regarding testing. Both states have recommended that testing be reserved for patients who require treatment in a hospital.

If you're experiencing symptoms

Staying home and in isolation is the best way to protect yourself and others if you're concerned that you've been exposed to COVID-19. Unless you are experiencing severe symptoms — such as increasing shortness of breath — you should treat yourself at home with rest, lots of fluids and Tylenol for fever or muscle aches.

Remain in your home until:

  • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND
  • Improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath), AND
  • At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

When to seek care

Visit an urgent care or emergency center for evaluation and treatment if you're experiencing severe symptoms, such as increasing shortness of breath. Please note, not all emergency centers have the ability to do COVID-19 testing unless patients require hospitalization.

Telephone visits are an option

If you have questions or concerns, call your clinic or schedule a telephone visit with your primary care clinician. Your clinician can review your symptoms with you, answer questions and give you more advice.

If you are feeling anxious or stressed about COVID-19:

A few resources that may help you cope during this time

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/anxiety/coronavirus-anxiety.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

https://www.helpguide.org/meditations/mindful-breathing-meditation.htm

Visitor Policy Changes:

We care about the safety and well-being of our patients, visitors and staff. As a result, we have Implemented further restrictions on visiting guidelines.

  • Visitors who are not feeling well, will not be allowed to visit patients.
  • All patients are limited to one visitor per day. Exceptions may be granted based on patient condition.
  • Children are not permitted to visit.

For patients who may have COVID-19 or who have confirmed COVID-19:

  • Visitors are not allowed.
  • We encourage loved ones to use other ways to communicate with COVID-19 patients, which may include Skype, FaceTime, telephone calls or other options.

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.

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 starting Friday, March 27 through April 3, 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

Unity Clinic:
1504 190th Avenue
Balsam Lake, WI 54810