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

COVID-19 Vaccine Drive-thru

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

Here's what is available:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech: The first or second dose for anyone 12 and older. A dose-appropriate Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is available for children 5 to 11 years old.
  • Moderna: The first or second dose for anyone 18 and older.
  • Johnson & Johnson's Janssen: The single-dose vaccine for anyone 18 and older.
  • Boosters: Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna booster vaccines are available.

Sweetwater County Public Health offers vaccines for those 12 and older from 9-10 a.m. weekdays. Afternoon appointments can be scheduled. Call 307-922-5390.

Pediatric (ages 5-11) Vaccine Options:

  • Sweetwater Memorial Drive-Thru: 3-6 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday at 1200 College Drive.
  • Sweetwater County Public Health: Pediatric-age children can be vaccinated from 9-10 a.m. Friday during Public Health's regular walk-in clinic. Children only will be vaccinated from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday. For more information, call 307-922-5390.
  • Castle Rock Medical Center: 307-872-4590
  • K-Pack Pharmacy: 307-875-6722
  • Sweetwater Pediatrics: 307-362-5500
  • Walgreens: 307-382-2536

Monoclonal Antibody Therapy

Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County provides monoclonal antibody therapy for COVID-19 positive outpatients on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Treatment is by provider referral and appointment only. Once a primary care provider refers a patient for treatment, MHSC’s scheduling department will call the patient to schedule an appointment. Patients will need to stay at the outpatient clinic for approximately 2.5 hours for treatment and post-treatment observation.

It must be administered within 10 days of onset of symptoms.

To find out more, click here.


COVID-19 Cases:

Wyoming confirmed cases: 87,144 positive (22,658 probable; 84,803 total recovered; 1,347 deaths)

Sweetwater County confirmed cases: 7,315 positive (734 probable; 7,172 total recovered; 97 deaths)

Source: Case Data at Wyoming Department of Health


MHSC inpatients: As of Nov. 24, the hospital is caring for 18 people at various levels of inpatient care. Of those, 0 are being treated for COVID-19.

MHSC COVID-19 specimen collection to date:

On Nov. 23, 10% of SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests conducted at MHSC were Positive for COVID-19 – 9 people.

On Nov. 22, 5% of SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests conducted at MHSC were Positive for COVID-19 – 3 people.

On Nov. 21, 0% of SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests conducted at MHSC were Positive for COVID-19 – 0 people.

On Nov. 20, 21% of SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests conducted at MHSC were Positive for COVID-19 – 23 people.

In the seven days ending Nov. 23, 14% of SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests conducted at MHSC were Positive for COVID-19 – 65 people.

Since March 2020, the hospital has tested 39,983 people for COVID-19, including 6,132 positive SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests and 33,851 negative SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests.


Drive-thru Swab Line

The Swab Station is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday under the awning at the hospital’s main entrance, 1200 College Drive. To maintain safe traffic flow, drivers are asked enter hospital parking lot on Skyline Drive. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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.


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.

Non-Emergent Surgeries

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

No flowers or potted plants allowed

Flowers, potted plants or latex balloons should not be delivered to patients or staff in patient care ares. If delivered, they will either be turned away or left with the Emergency Room door monitor for the patient or staff member to pick up on their way out of the building.

We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have questions, call Infection Prevention Director Noreen Hove at 307-352-8561.

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.

Visitation

As of November 16, 2021

To protect our staff, patients and community during the outbreak of COVID-19, some visitor restrictions remain in effect 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.

Only one visitor per patient is allowed per patient on the medical/surgical floor, in the Intensive Care Unit and in the Emergency Department. Visitors will continue to be screened for COVID-19.

SOME RESTRICTIONS REMAIN:

  • 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.

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.

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 workers and staff, contact the Human Resources Department at 307-352-8160 or Tiffany Marshall at tmarshall@sweetwatermemorial.com.

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