Hospital Updates Updated: 4/6/2020
We will continue to update this page with the latest on the response to COVID-19.
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.
|Testing||Ivinson 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) 755‑4750 between 8:00am — 5:00 pm, Monday — Friday. Our nurses will help determine the most appropriate care setting for your needs.
|Stay Home||For 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.
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.
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/covid19-symptoms for information on COVID-19 symptoms.
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.
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.