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Hospital Updates Updated: 4/6/2020

Coronavirus Updates

We will continue to update this page with the latest on the response to COVID-19.

Ivin­son’s Plan

Ivin­son Memo­r­i­al Hos­pi­tal is ded­i­cat­ed to the health and safe­ty of our patients and community.

At Ivin­son, health­care pro­fes­sion­als and staff are mon­i­tor­ing coro­n­avirus (COVID-19) devel­op­ments close­ly and are tak­ing pre­cau­tions to ensure the safe­ty and well­be­ing of both our patients and staff,” explained Lisa Ram­bo, Ivinson’s Infec­tion Pre­ven­tion Specialist. 

Ivin­son experts have deep expe­ri­ence deal­ing with infec­tious dis­eases and have trained for years to keep our facil­i­ties and our com­mu­ni­ty safe. Most cas­es of COVID-19 do not require med­ical treat­ment beyond fever con­trol and oral fluids. 

Test­ingIvin­son is cur­rent­ly test­ing for COVID-19. Due to lim­it­ed sup­ply of test­ing mate­ri­als, test­ing must adhere to the Wyoming Depart­ment of Health guide­lines. Patients must meet require­ments for Pri­or­i­ty 1 or Pri­or­i­ty 2 test­ing. These test­ing pri­or­i­ties ensure we test those patients that the CDC and Wyoming Depart­ment of Health deem as high­est risk.

Nurse Triage Line

If you or your child are expe­ri­enc­ing flu like symp­toms includ­ing a fever of 100.4 degrees or greater, cough or short­ness of breath and have ques­tions, you may call our Nurse Triage line at (307) 7554750 between 8:00am — 5:00 pm, Mon­day — Fri­day. Our nurs­es will help deter­mine the most appro­pri­ate care set­ting for your needs.

Stay HomeFor the pro­tec­tion of our com­mu­ni­ty and the pro­tec­tion of your health­care providers, stay at home and self-quar­an­tine unless you need imme­di­ate or emer­gency care.

Ivin­son Infec­tion Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion staff remain in con­tact with the Wyoming Depart­ment of Health about the virus as updates devel­op from the CDC.

Test­ing Priorities

Sup­ply Donations

We thank our com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers for reach­ing out about Ivin­son’s needs for per­son­al pro­tec­tive equip­ment. Please refer to our dona­tion page for the lat­est information.

Entrance Clo­sures + Vis­i­tor Restrictions

To pro­tect our patients, staff and com­mu­ni­ty from COVID-19, we have began lim­it­ing access to our facil­i­ty. Ivin­son is tak­ing extra pre­cau­tions by restrict­ing vis­i­tors with­in the hos­pi­tal. Patients check­ing in must tell staff and ask for a mask if they are expe­ri­enc­ing cold or flu symptoms.

Vis­it our Entrance Clo­sures’ page to learn about our cur­rent vis­i­tor restric­tions, as well as for infor­ma­tion about how to enter the building.

Reduced Ser­vices

In order to ensure the con­tin­ued safe­ty of patients, staff, providers and the com­mu­ni­ty, Ivin­son will be reduc­ing mul­ti­ple services:

  • Effec­tive imme­di­ate­ly, Ivin­son will be reduc­ing non-emer­gent out­pa­tient services.
  • We will also be sus­pend­ing elec­tive surg­eries until fur­ther notice.
  • Ivin­son Med­ical Group is mak­ing changes to their sched­ul­ing pro­ce­dures and will con­tact patients with upcom­ing appoint­ments regard­ing next steps for care.
  • The Mered­ith and Jean­nie Ray Can­cer Cen­ter is reduc­ing non-essen­tial services. 
  • Gift Shop oper­a­tion hours are from 8am — 3pm, Mon­day — Friday.

Man­ag­ing Your Health at Home

The CDC rec­om­mends the fol­low­ing things you can do to man­age your health at home if you have pos­si­ble or con­firmed COVID-19:

  • Stay home from work, school, and away from oth­er pub­lic places. If you must go out, avoid using any kind of pub­lic trans­porta­tion, rideshar­ing, or taxis.
  • Mon­i­tor your symp­toms care­ful­ly. If your symp­toms get worse, call your health­care provider immediately.
  • Get rest and stay hydrated.
  • If you have a med­ical appoint­ment, call the health­care provider ahead of time and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19.
  • For med­ical emer­gen­cies, call 911 and noti­fy the dis­patch per­son­nel that you have or may have COVID-19.
  • Cov­er your cough and sneezes.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 sec­onds or clean your hands with an alco­hol-based hand san­i­tiz­er that con­tains at least 60% alcohol.
  • As much as pos­si­ble, stay in a spe­cif­ic room and away from oth­er peo­ple in your home. Also, you should use a sep­a­rate bath­room, if avail­able. If you need to be around oth­er peo­ple in or out­side of the home, wear a facemask.
  • Avoid shar­ing per­son­al items with oth­er peo­ple in your house­hold, like dish­es, tow­els and bedding.
  • Clean all sur­faces that are touched often, like coun­ters, table­tops and door­knobs. Use house­hold clean­ing sprays or wipes accord­ing to label instructions.

Please go to www​.cdc​.gov/​c​o​v​i​d​19​-​s​y​m​ptoms for infor­ma­tion on COVID-19 symptoms. 

Pre­ven­tion Measures

The CDC rec­om­mends stan­dard pre­ven­tion mea­sures like many res­pi­ra­to­ry dis­eases such as:

  • Avoid­ing close con­tact with those that are sick.
  • Wash­ing your hands.
  • Avoid touch­ing your face.
  • Clean and dis­in­fect fre­quent­ly touched surfaces.
  • Cov­er your cough and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

The CDC advis­es that face masks should be used by indi­vid­u­als that are sick or show­ing symp­toms of COVID-19 to pre­vent fur­ther spread­ing the disease. 

Wash Your Hands to Rag­time Cow­boy Joe”

Some­times singing hap­py birth­day” to your­self twice isn’t very fun; next time try singing Rag­time Cow­boy Joe instead! This fun and infor­ma­tive poster was adapt­ed from the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion Guide­lines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care.

CDC Trav­el Recommendations

For 2 Weeks After Your Trip — Watch Your Health

  • Stay Home if you feel sick with fever, cough or have dif­fi­cul­ty breathing.
    • Call your provider.
    • Tell the provider about your travel.

Resources

For more resources and the most up-to-date infor­ma­tion about COVID-19, we rec­om­mend you vis­it the CDC web­site or the Wyoming Depart­ment of Health website.

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