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

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 COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

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SCRMCFAQs

FAQs

If You Are Experiencing Symptoms

Please get tested and following all COVID-19 protocols. 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 14 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.

During the ongoing COVID19 pandemic, we know that a lot of patients are following government guidance to stay at home. We want to make sure our patients and community do not ignore important symptoms that could be dangerous.

If you are experiencing chest pain, abdominal pain, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, you might need to seek emergency care.

SCRMC has enhanced safety measures in place including:

  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes
  • Patient and team member screening questions
  • All visitors and staff are required to wear masks
  • Staggering appointment times to ensure social distancing
  • Reducing the number of patients in the clinic at once
  • We are limiting visitors in our hospitals and clinics
  • Maintaining the respiratory illness clinic

SCMRC Health providers fully understand the discomfort associated with wearing a mask for extended periods of time. We do not see any medical reason that necessitates not wearing a mask in public, and we will respectfully decline writing a letter exempting you from wearing a mask. If you feel your breathing is adversely affected, you may see a provider for further testing. Thank you for your understanding.

Treatment Options

St. Croix Regional Medical Center is offering monoclonal antibodies treatment for COVID-19. The FDA authorized the use of monoclonal antibodies that are given by IV infusion. These antibodies can attach to parts of the coronavirus and can help the immune system recognize and respond more effectively to the virus.

Antibody treatments can be used by people with mild to moderate COVID-19 who:

  • Positive, laboratory confirmed COVID-19 test.
  • Are within 10 days of the start of their symptoms.
  • 18 years or older and weigh at least 88 pounds
  • Are at high risk* of getting very sick from COVID-19 or of needing to be admitted to a hospital because of COVID-19.

The process:

  • Qualifying patients are contacted by an SCRMC patient access team member (via phone) to offer an appointment.
    • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 at a non-SCRMC location and believe you may qualify for this treatment, please call: 715-483-3221 and let them know you are interested in monoclonal antibodies treatment.
  • Interested patients will be scheduled for a virtual appointment with a provider who will educate and assist with informed decision making.
  • If monoclonal antibodies treatment is appropriate, an infusion appointment will be made (Monday-Friday 7:30AM-10:30AM).
  • Park in the designated infusion parking spaces in the Radiology parking lot, located on Adams Street. Please call the number listed on the reserved parking sign to let a staff member know you have arrived.
  • Your appointment will last two to three hours. The infusion is approximately 30 minutes, followed by a one-hour observation for any immediate or allergic side effects.

*Qualifying criteria include:

  • Anyone at high risk for developing severe COVID-19 symptoms
  • Greater than 65 years old
  • Patients with chronic kidney disease, diabetes, immunosuppressive disease, receiving immunosuppressive treatment, or BMI >/= 35
  • Heart disease, hypertension, asthma or lung disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle Cell disease

Vaccine

Please review vaccine information here

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