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Masks required at the hospital

MASKS ARE REQUIRED: Gov. Mark Gordon loosened restrictions and made significant changes to public health orders that go into effect March 16. However, Sweetwater Memorial still 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 Clinic and Sweetwater Walk-In Clinic at 1180 College Drive. Scroll down to find out more about the hospital's policies, restrictions and visitor access as a result of COVID-19.

Need a COVID-19 vaccine?

Sweetwater County Public Health is offering COVID-19 vaccinations to area residents for anyone 16 and older for Pfizer-BioNTech or 18 and older for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson's Janssen.

Schedule your vaccine today. Here are your options:

  • Sweetwater County Public Health: www.wyoapptportal.org/
  • 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

Please DO NOT call Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County for vaccines.

Schedule a COVID-19 swab at curative.com

The drive-thru swabbing station offers appointments from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is closed on Sundays.

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 swab collection.

Once you have scheduled an appointment, simply drive to the swabbing station in front of the main doors of Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County at 1200 College Drive. Hospital staff will have your kit and will oversee sample collection.


COVID-19 Cases:

Wyoming confirmed cases: 48,133 positive (8,740 probable; 47,126 total recovered; 701 deaths)

Sweetwater County confirmed cases: 3,927 positive (158 probable; 4,003 total recovered; 37 deaths)


MHSC number of COVID-19 inpatients: As of April 13, the hospital is caring for 1 COVID-19 patient.

MHSC COVID-19 specimen collection to date:

On April 12, 10% of SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests conducted at MHSC were Positive for COVID-19 – 3 people.

On April 11, 12% of SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests conducted at MHSC were Positive for COVID-19 – 4 people.

On April 10, 22% of SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests conducted at MHSC were Positive for COVID-19 – 15 people

On April 9, 11% of SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests conducted at MHSC were Positive for COVID-19 – 4 people.

In the 7 days ending April 12, 12% of SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests conducted at MHSC were Positive for COVID-19 – 42 people.

Since March 2020, the hospital has tested 23,477 people for COVID-19, including 2,937 positive SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests and 20,540 negative SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests.


Restrictions & Protocols now
in effect at Sweetwater Memorial

As of March 16, 2021

To protect our staff, patients and community during the outbreak of COVID-19, visitor restrictions are in place 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.

Visitation is now limited to two visitors per patient per day in the Specialty Clinics and most inpatient areas. ALL VISITORS must wear a mask. COVID-19 positive patients are not allowed to have visitors.

VISITATION SCREENING PROCESS:

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 able 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:

  • The visitor is required to 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.
  • Only visitors above the age of 18 are allowed, unless the individual is the parent of a pediatric patient.
  • 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.

INPATIENT RESTRICTIONS (MED/SURG AND ICU):

  • COVID-19 positive patients will not have visitors.
  • Non-COVID-19 ICU patients may have 1 visitor per day. There may be times when visitation is withheld.
  • Upon admission to inpatient areas, the patient will name 1 visitor for that day.
  • If the patient is unable to state the name of the visitor, the emergency contact or the power of attorney will be named as the 1 visitor.
  • Visitors will not be able to swap out during a single day. The patient may have two visitors per day. It can be a different visitor the following day.

VISITATION 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.

IN THE MEANTIME:

  • Practice physical distancing, maintaining a 6-foot distance
  • Send ONLY one person to the grocery store
  • Wear a mask
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Look for more community updates on Facebook pages hosted by Sweetwater Memorial @MHSChealthcare; Sweetwater County Public Health @scdboh and Sweetwater Cares Coaltion @sweetwatercares.

We're open

The hospital and all of its clinics are open. Call your provider today.

All of the hospital's services are available to help with any health or wellness issue, including its new 3D Mammography machine. Remember, when scheduling any procedure or surgery, a COVID-19 test is required. Talk to your provider.

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.

Important updates

Clean & safe environment: Sweetwater Memorial has heightened its already CDC-compliant cleaning standards. These cleaning standards apply to all patient areas, visitor areas and clinics. As always, the hospital is prepared to safely care for its community.

All Sweetwater Specialty Clinic patients and visitors will be asked to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer. Anyone unwilling to wear a mask in the clinics are welcome to schedule a virtual appointment with their provider via TeleHealth.

Sweetwater Memorial established a special COVID unit, where patients who are COVID positive will be treated and isolated from other non-COVID patients.

The Emergency Room at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County remains open with healthcare professionals to treat your serious health concerns. MHSC does have other healthcare options available – Sweetwater Walk-In, Tele-Health options with Primary Care providers, and the Drive-thru specimen collection site. However, the staff at the Emergency Room wants to make sure the community knows the ER staff is available to help you with your emergent healthcare needs 24 hours a day.

Sweetwater Walk-In at 3000 College Drive is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. The walk-in clinic is for health issues requiring urgent medical attention including, but not limited to, falls, urinary tract infections, congestive heart failure (CHF) exacerbations, diabetic issues, and dehydration. For more information, call 307-212-7555.

MHSC Laboratory Information:

Outpatient lab services: The hospital's outpatient lab continues to be housed in the MHSC Foundation offices. Do not go directly into the hospital. The new location has a separate entrance between the hospital’s main door and the Specialty Clinics. It offers easy access and has ample parking, including several handicapped accessible spaces.

The laboratory operates from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends. It is 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

PPE needed: Packages and boxes of N95 masks; Levels 1, 2 and 3 surgical masks; impervious isolation gowns; packets of alcohol wipes; and hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizer must be in unused, unopened bottles.

For more information on how to donate PPE, contact the Sweetwater Memorial Materials Management Department at 307-352-8487 or email purchasing@sweetwatermemorial.com or contact Tiffany Marshall, Memorial Hospital Foundation Director, at 307-352-8234 and or email her at tmarshall@sweetwatermemorial.com.

Cloth masks/gowns: Many in the community are sewing masks and gowns for Sweetwater Memorial providers to use in a worst-case scenario. The hospital is accepting these donations, including long-sleeved, washable gowns.

For gown and mask patterns and options, click here. For information on how to donate, contact Tiffany Marshall, Memorial Hospital Foundation Director, at 307-352-8234 and or email her at tmarshall@sweetwatermemorial.com.

Childcare: With school no longer in session and daycares closed, Sweetwater Memorial staff is in need of childcare options. Those willing to watch the children of medical and necessary personnel can call Amber Fisk, Human Resources Director, at 307-352-8160.

Meals & Snacks: MHSC can only accept home-baked goodies if they are individually wrapped or individually packaged. Meal donations must arrive from restaurants in pre-wrapped, individual servings, such as individually wrapped sandwiches, boxed individual pizzas and individually bagged takeout meals. Store-bought prepackaged treats such as chips, breakfast bars and other snacks also are welcome.

For details or to arrange a donation, contact Tiffany Marshall, Memorial Hospital Foundation Director, at 307-352-8234 and or email her at tmarshall@sweetwatermemorial.com.