March 11, 2020

Coronavirus-COVID-19

Information related to COVID-19 is constantly changing. Please continue to check this page for the latest updates and information. 

STATEMENT ABOUT COVID-19 PATIENTS AND PROTECTIONS

We appreciate the community’s concerns and desire for status updates. Please know we are here for the community and ready to care for you. Learn more at HERE.


WHO SHOULD GET TESTED FOR COVID-19

Sauk Prairie Healthcare can provide viral RNA testing and serology testing where appropriate. Those with medical vulnerabilities, such as transplantation, heart disease, cancer, lung disease, diabetes, age greater than 60 having COVID-19 symptoms are encouraged to make an appointment for testing. COVID-19 symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, cough, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, and sore throat. Testing is also appropriate for asymptomatic patients with close contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases, or those contacted by public health and advised to be tested. Your provider can help determine the most appropriate test for your situation. 

IMPORTANT:

If you are NOT having an emergency condition, do not come to the Sauk Prairie Hospital Emergency Department to get tested. Attempting to use the Emergency Department for COVID-19 testing could result in you being sent home without being tested.  

IMPORTANT:

The trailers in the parking lots at River Valley Clinic (Spring Green) and Lodi Clinic are NOT for drive up COVID-19 testing. These trailers are in place to shelter our staff when they are conducting testing with established patients who meet COVID-19 testing criteria. Please do not come to the clinic without an appointment. If you think you may have COVID-19 or Flu symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), please call your physician’s office.  

CDC Coronavirus Symptoms


VISITOR GUIDELINES

To protect all of our patients and staff, Sauk Prairie Healthcare is limiting the number of visitors at our hospital and clinics while there is a threat of COVID-19 transmission.

General Guidelines: Applies to all visitors/support partners at all locations. 

  • Must be symptom-free 
    fever 100⁰F or higher
    cough
    shortness of breath
    chills
    muscle pain (not related to exercise)
    sore throat
    new loss of taste or smell
    runny nose 
    nasal congestion
    headache
    severe fatigue/exhaustion
  • Must cover nose and mouth with a face covering at all times – No Exceptions. Those who cannot tolerate a personal face covering will not be allowed to visit.
  • Bringing own face covering is encouraged.
  • One visitor/support partner 18 years or over per adult patient.
  • Cognitively impaired or physically impaired patients - one support person allowed. Includes patients with impaired mobility and/or decreased capacity for medical decision making.
  • Pediatric patients – one support person allowed.
  • Multiple visitors and congregating in common spaces is not permitted.
  • Respect physical distancing (maintain 6-feet distance from others).
  • Cannot have had a diagnosis of COVID-19 in the last 10 days.
  • Food purchased in the Hospital Café must be consumed at a table in the dining area or terrace. Room service food must be consumed in patient room. In all other situations, visitors are required to obtain and consume any food or drink outside our facilities to ensure compliance with the use of face coverings.  

Exceptions:

End of life – Up to three visitors at a time allowed in coordination with nursing team after initial consultation with Acute Care or Emergency Director.

LOCATION GUIDELINES

Emergency/Urgent Care: One support partner can accompany a patient. After arrival at reception (or ambulance garage), support partner returns to vehicle while patient receives initial assessment. An ED team member will contact the patient’s support partner (in person or cell phone) when it is appropriate for the support partner to join the patient in exam/treatment room.  

Surgery Center – Outpatient: One support partner allowed and must remain in patient room in the Surgery Center.

Joint Health Center: Coach (no other visitors) may accompany a joint replacement patient during their stay at the hospital. 

Birth Center: One support partner may accompany patient.

Medical/Surgical Inpatients: One support partner may accompany patient.

Medical Imaging: Visitor/support partner not permitted except for parent/guardian.

Primary Care Clinics: No visitors/support partners permitted except for one parent/guardian of a minor.
Surgical Associates/Urology: No visitors/support partners permitted except for one parent/guardian of a minor.

Orthopedic Associates: No visitors/support partners permitted except for one parent/guardian of a minor.

Better Health Center: No visitors/support partners permitted except for one parent/guardian of a minor.

Wound Care Center: One support partner permitted.

Rehab Services: No visitors/support partners permitted except for one parent/guardian of a minor.


HOW CAN YOU HELP

SEWISTS NEEDED FOR COMMUNITY CLOTH MASK PROJECT
Learn more at: www.saukprairiehealthcare.org/covid-19-how-you-can-help 

DONATE TO OUR FOUNDATION 
Learn more: www.SaukPrairieHealthcare.org/foundation

HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER MY TIME OR SERVICES?
We appreciate the great response from so community members asking how they can help us prepare for COVID19. To best direct the response, we ask you to share some information with us so we can coordinate our community support. For details, go here: https://forms.gle/WBSgQ3gdkkEpGrHw6


APPOINTMENTS, SURGERIES, CLASSES AND EVENTS

If you are sick, call ahead so we can better care for you
If you have an appointment or need care at any of our clinic locations, hospital, or Wellspring, and are experiencing a fever, cough, other respiratory symptoms, traveled to high risk areas, or have interacted with someone who has COVID-19, please call ahead so we can better care for you.  

WALK-IN WEDNESDAY
Our Walk-in Wednesday no-appointment screening mammogram service is suspended. To schedule a screening mammogram, call 608-643-7274.  

CLASSES & EVENTS
For questions about specific classes, support groups and events, visit the listings in our Classes and Events section

WELLSPRING WELLNESS CENTER
Wellspring is tentatively set to reopen Monday, June 1 (subject to change). Exercise classes and pool access continue to be cancelled until further notice. Updates and details coming soon about our opening plan to keep members safe.

COMMUNITY MEETINGS AND TRAININGS AT SAUK PRAIRIE HEALTHCARE 
Sauk Prairie Healthcare has made the decision to suspend community groups for meetings, trainings etc., effectively immediately.  This suspension will be revaluated every 30 days.


PROTECTING OUR PATIENTS AND EMPLOYEES

Sauk Prairie Healthcare and Prairie Clinic are working together closely to ensure we are prepared to meet the community’s healthcare needs 24/7/365. Our COVID-19 incident command team meets to evaluate the evolving situation and coordinate logistics, supplies, testing and communication. We have modified operations to limit exposures for patients, families and staff.

Sauk Prairie Healthcare is a member of Wisconsin’s Emergency Preparedness Region 5 Healthcare Coalition. We have emergency preparedness plans in place to handle an influx of patients due to a surge in influenza cases and coronavirus. We are continually monitoring and assessing our community’s needs. We are being proactive and dedicating the necessary resources to address this global pandemic. Learn how we're moving ahead safely.


IMPORTANT RESOURCES

Sauk County Emergency Management Coronavirus Hotline: (608) 355-3200  
Columbia County Health Department COVID-19 Hotline: 608-742-9253 
CDC Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
CDC About COVID-19
CDC COVID-19 Information for Travelers

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