WMC COVID-19 Updates

Released: 05/28/20

5/19/20:
A mask barrier prevents your respiratory droplets from getting on others, or their droplets from getting to your mouth and nose. To conserve our masks for use by our health care workers, we are asking that anyone entering Winneshiek Medical Center for an appointment, urgent or emergency care, or otherwise, wear their own mask. If you do not have anything that can cover your mouth and nose, we do have some masks at each screening area (Main Entrance and Emergency) for use.

We ask patients entering our facility with an industrial N95 mask WITH A VALVE replace it with one of our cloth masks, or to place a cloth mask over the N95. Industrial N95 masks WITH A VALVE are designed to expel air from inside the mask to the outside. By wearing these masks, people are exposing others to their (possibly contaminated) air. Thank you for your understanding.

5/19/20:
We have received many generous donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) from our community, and have recently received shipments of PPE from our vendors. At this time, we are confident in our PPE inventory – specifically gowns. Therefore, we do not need further donations of homemade gowns. (We are still in need of homemade masks.) If this situation changes, we will post our requests on Facebook.

Thank you for your continued support of your medical center!

4/27/20:
On Monday, April 27, Winneshiek Medical Center will resume select surgeries and procedures that had been previously deferred, in alignment with the directives within Governor Reynold’s proclamation (04/24/2020). Efforts will be guided by the needs of patients, input from staff, and from active monitoring of internal and external environments.

All proposed cases will go through a review committee, which will consider:

• Risk to the patient if the surgery/procedure is delayed or not performed
• COVID-19 test availability
• Personal protective equipment (PPE) availability/inventory
• Number of hospital beds available to handle a possible COVID-19 surge
• The current status of COVID-19 in our area
• Other relevant factors unique to the patient

Adjustments will be made in consultation with WMC Incident Command staff, WMC medical staff, state and national government executive orders, and guidelines from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“As we move forward, the safety of our staff and patients is Winneshiek Medical Center’s top priority,” says Kevin Locke, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System family medicine physician and one of the COVID-19 physician leaders at Winneshiek Medical Center. “Taking all these factors into account, we can safely and responsibly expand needed care for patients.”

4/8/20: NOTICE:
To conserve our masks for use by our health care workers, we are asking that anyone entering Winneshiek Medical Center for an appointment, urgent or emergency care, or otherwise, wear their own mask, scarf or face covering. If you do not have anything that can cover your mouth and nose, we do have some masks at each screening area (Main Entrance and Emergency) for use. Thank you for your understanding.

https://www.cdc.gov/…/prevent…/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

4/7/20: DONATIONS REQUESTED:
Homemade gowns for health care staff. Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) offers guidance on the specifications for these gowns.

Fabric: please use polyester or polyester-cotton fabrics.
Color: please choose solid colors if available to help detect any soiling.
Size: we prefer medium and large.
Pattern: no specific pattern requested. Please follow the guidance from IDPH.

Please drop homemade gowns off at the WMC Main Entrance in Decorah Monday – Friday from 8 am – 5 pm.

THANK YOU!

4/6/20: ATTENTION:
Changes to Ossian and Mabel Clinic hours

Ossian Clinic:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
7:30 am – 11:30 am
Call before you come: 563-532-9500

Mabel Clinic:
Monday – Friday
7:30 am – 11:30 am
Call before you come: 507-493-5115

3/31/20: To help meet the health care needs of our patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth is available at Winneshiek Medical Center. Telehealth is a secure way to visit your health care provider from the comfort of your own home. To access telehealth services, patients need to have a smartphone, an iPad or a computer. Telehealth is covered by many insurance plans and may be an option for you. Call us to determine if your upcoming visit can be through telehealth: 563-382-2911

3/30/20: HOMEMADE MASKS:
Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) released guidance on homemade masks on 3/28/2020. The following instruction sheet meets IDPH’s recommendations. We prefer the elastic ear loops and the adult size. https://www.gundersenhealth.org/…/Face-Mask-Specifications.…

A video showing how to make these masks is here: https://www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a-Face-Mask

Please drop homemade masks off at the WMC Main Entrance in Decorah Monday – Friday from 8 am – 5 pm.

Thank you!

3/30/20: DONATIONS REQUESTED:
Winneshiek Medical Center is seeking personal protective equipment (PPE) and supply donations from the community. If you have any of the items pictured and are willing to donate them, please drop them off at the WMC Main Entrance in Decorah Monday – Friday from 8 am – 5 pm.

MASK SPECIFICATIONS:
Look for the following information on the packaging of the masks. If you have questions, please call WMC Occupational Health at 563-387-5325.

Performance Standard: NIOSH approved 42 CFR 84
N100, P100, R100 N99, P99, R99 N95, P95, R95
Standards/Guidance Documents: OSHA 29CFR1910.134
Protection Factor >10: YES

Thank you!

3/25/20: WMC is temporarily altering Main Entrance hours. This entrance is now open 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday. Clinic lab hours are 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday. The Emergency Room is open 24/7. Remember, if you need to come in, please call us first (563-382-2911), and STAY HOME to protect yourself and others. Thanks for the continued support in these ever-changing times!

3/23/20: Our SHIIP appointments will be done over the phone until further notice. Please call 563-387-3036 and Karla will be happy to assist coordinating an appointment to help with your Medicare needs.

3/20/20: Saturday morning lab draws/appointments at Winneshiek Medical Center are closed/canceled until further notice. Lab screening services are also discontinued until further notice. Thank you for your continued understanding and flexibility as we work to meet the needs of our communities.

3/19/20: Effective immediately, WMC visitor limitations have been updated.

3/19/20: Effective March 23, 2020, Winneshiek Medical Center is deferring all elective care (care that can wait until later without putting you at risk). This includes elective surgeries, procedures and office visits. Semi-urgent and emergency care will continue in the clinic and hospital settings. This deferment is in alignment with Mayo Clinic and Gundersen Health System. If you have an appointment already scheduled, Winneshiek Medical Center staff will be contacting you to reschedule, if necessary. Thank you for your understanding as we prepare our facility to respond to the needs of our communities.

3/17/20: OB is now locked 24/7. The only visitors will be a spouse/significant other. No siblings or grandparents are allowed at this time. Thanks for your understanding.

3/16/20: Andy Goodner, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System physician at WMC, shares information on COVID-19 to our local communities.

3/16/20: To be able to direct our patients to the right area for care, anyone entering Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah for a clinic or hospital appointment, or to visit, should enter through the Main Entrance. Please park in Lot A for best access to this door. All patients and visitors will be screened at the Main Entrance Door. Patients needing emergency care should still enter through the Emergency Department. Thank you for your understanding.

3/16/20:  OB visitors are now limited to the spouse/significant other and siblings to the newborn.

3/15/20: Please remind your friends, neighbors and family to call before you before arrive at our clinic, urgent care or ER if you are experiencing respiratory symptoms. Call 563-382-2911. For all COVID-19 resources please monitor Iowa Department of Public Health.

/3/13/20: Effective immediately, visitor limitations have been implemented.

3/11/20: Questions about COVID-19? Call the COVID-19 hotline. Dial 2-1-1

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