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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: WHAT’S THE LATEST ON COVID-19? LEARN MORE

We Are Under Construction

As of Tuesday, Sept. 14, the hospital campus parking lot remains under construction. Here are some the changes taking place this week:

-The drive-thru swab station remains active in the mobile healthcare unit at its temporary location at the southwest corner of the campus. Please follow the wayfinding signs. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

-The drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine clinic is temporarily located at the back entrance to the Specialty Clinics at 1180 College Drive at the MHSC Physical Therapy Department and Sweetwater Regional Cancer Center entrance. The vaccine clinic is open from 3-6 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Elective Surgeries

As of Friday, Sept. 10, Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County is scheduling elective surgeries on a case-by-case basis. Call your physician for more information.

COVID-19 Specimen Collection

Rapid tests ­– those offering results in about 45 minutes – are not currently available at MHSC’s Emergency Room and Sweetwater Walk-In Clinic as a result of the marked surge in cases communitywide.

Drive-thru: Anyone in need of a COVID-19 swab should instead go to the drive-thru swabbing station at the hospital’s main entrance at 1200 College Drive. The shallow nasal swab collection station is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

To speed up processing, please make an appointment at curative.com. You may need to update your web browser to Firefox or Chrome. DO NOT have food, drinks, candy, gum, mouthwash, tobacco, etc. up to 20 minutes before the collection.

Long lines: Once your appointment is set, drive to the swabbing station. You still may encounter a waiting line. However, with much of your information already in the system, it will speed up the process. Hospital staff will have your kit and will oversee sample collection.

COVID-19 Vaccines Drive-thru

Drive-thru: Get a COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon's from 3-6 p.m. during the hospital's Vaccine Drive-thru under the awning in front of the hospital. Vaccines are free and no appointments are necessary. For more information to schedule a shot party, call 307-352-8561.

COVID-19 vaccinations are available to area residents for anyone 12 and older for Pfizer-BioNTech or 18 and older for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson's Janssen.

More options:

  • Sweetwater County Public Health: Walk-ins welcome from 9-10 a.m. weekdays. Afternoon appointments can be scheduled. Call 307-922-5390.
  • Castle Rock Medical Center: 307-872-4590
  • K-Pack Pharmacy: 307-875-6722
  • Rock Springs Community Health Center: 307-212-5116
  • Walmart Pharmacy: www.walmart.com/covid

Masks Required

MASKS ARE STILL REQUIRED: Sweetwater Memorial requires everyone entering one of its facilities to wear a mask. This includes the Specialty Clinics of Sweetwater Memorial at 1180 College Drive and the Family & Occupational Medicine Clinics and Sweetwater Walk-In Clinic at 3000 College Drive.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to emphasize its new masking recommendations for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not apply to health care settings. “This means that staff, patients, residents and visitors should continue to wear masks as recommended in all healthcare facilities,” the agency said in a mid-May email on recommendations. AHA had requested the clarification.


COVID-19 Cases:

Wyoming confirmed cases: 68,339 positive (15,619 probable; 64,676 total recovered; 918 deaths)

Sweetwater County confirmed cases: 5,916 positive (482 probable; 5,619 total recovered; 53 deaths)

Source: Case Data at Wyoming Department of Health


MHSC number of COVID-19 inpatients: As of Sept. 20, the hospital is caring for 14 COVID-19 patients.

MHSC COVID-19 specimen collection to date:

On Sept. 18, 27% of SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests conducted at MHSC were Positive for COVID-19 – 30 people.

On Sept. 17, 26% of SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests conducted at MHSC were Positive for COVID-19 – 30 people.

On Sept. 15, 26% of SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests conducted at MHSC were Positive for COVID-19 – 82 people.

On Sept. 11, 25% of SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests conducted at MHSC were Positive for COVID-19 – 49 people.

In the seven days ending Sept. 18, 24% of SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests conducted at MHSC were Positive for COVID-19 – 251 people.

Since March 2020, the hospital has tested 33,864 people for COVID-19, including 4,909 positive SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests and 28,955 negative SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests.


Restrictions & Protocols now
in effect at Sweetwater Memorial

There is no access to the hospital through the main doors. The public is being detoured to the Emergency Room entrance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

As of September 3, 2021

To protect our staff, patients and community during the outbreak of COVID-19, visitor restrictions have been tightened at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. Routine visiting remains suspended until the transmission of COVID-19 is no longer a threat to our patients, staff and community.

As a result of the significant influx of COVID-19 patients needing emergency care, NO VISITORS are allowed unless the patient is younger than 18, cannot understand or make decisions for themselves, or require assistance under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

INPATIENT RESTRICTIONS:

  • Age of visitor: Only visitors 18 and older are allowed, unless the individual is the parent of a pediatric patient.
  • COVID-19 positive patients: NO VISITORS are allowed.
  • Non-COVID-19 ICU patients: NO VISITORS are allowed unless the patient is younger than 18, cannot understand or make decisions for themselves, or require assistance under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Emergency Room: NO VISITORS are allowed in the emergency room unless the patient is younger than 18, cannot understand or make decisions for themselves, or require assistance under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Obstetrics: Patients are allowed one visitor for laboring mothers.
  • Medical/Surgical Floor: NO VISITORS are allowed unless the patient is younger than 18, cannot understand or make decisions for themselves, or require assistance under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

VISITATION SCREENING:

All visitors must go through a screening process upon entering the facility. Screening includes the following:

  • Temperature must be taken and must be below 100°. If temperature is 100 or above the visitor will not be allowed to enter the facility.
  • Questions on symptoms: Do you have any symptoms concerning for COVID-19, a cold or flu? Do you have or in the last week have you had a cough? Do you have or in the last week have you had a fever or chills? Do you have or in the last week have you had difficulty breathing? Do you have or in the last week have you had a sore throat or runny nose?
  • In the last 14 days, have you had contact with someone who has COVID-19?
  • Are you or any member in your household currently under instruction to quarantine by Public Health?
  • Are you or another member of your household currently waiting for COVID-19 test results, or have you or any member of your household tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 20 days?

If the visitor answers yes to any of these questions, they will not be able to enter the facility.

Visitors of inpatients can complete the questionnaire in advance of their arrival. Click here to download the English questionnaire. Click here to download the Spanish questionnaire.

VISITOR REQUIREMENTS:

  • Visitors MUST wear an approved mask at all times while in the facility.
  • Approved masks: a well-secured surgical or cloth mask that covers the nose, mouth, and tracheostomy site (if applicable).
  • NOT approved: face covering that includes: exhalation vents, bandanas, neck gaiters, and mesh-based masks (i.e. tulle masks) are not permitted.
  • All visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 6 feet or more when possible.
  • Visitors must remain in the patient’s room. No loitering in the hallway, waiting rooms, or nurse’s station.

Failure to comply with mask wearing or remaining in the patient room will result in removal from the facility.

    VISITOR and PATIENT EXPECTATIONS:

    • If a visitor does not abide by these guidelines, they will be instructed to leave the facility, and will be escorted out by MHSC Security if needed,
    • Visitation allowances are subject to change due to increased COVID-19 cases and ability for the hospital to obtain PPE.
    • Patients who have a fever of 100 or greater, a cough, and/or shortness of breath, are asked to please take precautions when entering the hospital or any of the Specialty Clinics.
    • Temperature kiosks are in use at all Sweetwater Memorial and Specialty Clinic entrances.
    • Everyone must use alcohol sanitizer before entering and upon leaving any Sweetwater Memorial facility, any patient room, and any exam room.
    • All clinic visitors and patients will be asked to wear a mask. Anyone unwilling to wear a mask in the clinics are welcome to schedule a virtual appointment with their provider via TeleHealth.
    • If you are sick with COVID-19 and sheltering at home, click here for more information. Be aware that all patients not hospitalized who are tested for COVID-19 are required to self-isolate in their homes until negative tests are obtained, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.
    • The Sweetwater Memorial Café is closed to the public until further notice.

    UPDATES:

    • Look for more community updates on Facebook pages hosted by Sweetwater Memorial @MHSChealthcare; Sweetwater County Public Health @scdboh, and Sweetwater Cares Coalition @sweetwatercares.

    MHSC Laboratory Information:

    Outpatient lab services: The hospital's outpatient lab continues to be housed in the MHSC Foundation offices. It is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays at the main campus. Look for the big banner.

    Saturday outpatient lab services are available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Sweetwater Walk-In Clinic at 3000 College Drive.

    Both are staffed to meet all of your needs, including full admission services. The same services you’ve received in the past will be offered, such as blood draws and collections for other medical laboratory tests.

    For more information patient information on all tests, including the COVID-19 tests, click here.

    What to do if you are sick with COVID-19, click here. Be aware that all patients not hospitalized who are tested for COVID-19 are required to self isolate in their homes until negative tests are obtained, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

    Donations accepted

    Food donations: For information on how to donate meals to our frontline works and staff, contact the Human Resources Department at 307-352-8160.

    PPE: For information on how to donate PPE, contact the Sweetwater Memorial Materials Management Department at 307-352-8487 or email purchasing@sweetwatermemorial.com.