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Coronavirus (COVID 19)

Stay up-to-date with information directly from the CDC as well as read our Patient Response Plan before you come to Stitches.

Last updated Wednesday, March 25th.

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COVID 19 Response Plan

Updated April 17, 2020

 

****PATIENTS PLEASE READ BEFORE ENTERING****

  1. Any patient wishing to be COVID tested may receive the test. State Lab testing is free for those who qualify. For those who do not qualify, prices vary based on insurance coverages. The cost for self-pay patients is $100 for the COVID test only. This fee is determined by the lab.
  2. Initiate a Stitches telemedicine visit (www.stitchescare.com/telemedicine) or download our app on Android or IOS. Call 307-514-9888 (CHEYENNE), 307-721-1794 (LARAMIE), or 970-825-7820 (WELLINGTON) if you do not have a smart phone or have difficulties connecting and we can check you in to the clinic. Please wait in your car until it is your turn to be seen.
  3. Patient COVID collections will be conducted in the patient vehicle.
  4. All people who enter our facility must wear a surgical face mask and wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap after entering.
  5. Any surface a patient touches will be decontaminated. This includes clipboards, pens, chairs, countertop.
  6. Patients with a fever and cough and are awaiting COVID 19 testing should self-quarantine until results. Their immediate contacts should self-quarantine as well.
  7. If you develop chest pain or shortness of breath please call 911 or go directly to the ER.
  8. Results take 2-7 days to receive results depending on where your lab test is sent.

Symptoms

You’ve been tested for COVID-19- Now what?

Updated November 16, 2020

 

  1. STAY HOME until you get your results. It is extremely important to quarantine yourself at home. Make every effort to not come within 6 feet of anyone else. The exception to this is if you need to seek medical care. If you must be around others for any reason, use a face mask. If you need groceries or supplies ask others to bring them to you. If you live with others:
    • Institute a schedule to wipe down common surfaces with a bleach based solution (or other solution that kills viruses) throughout the day. These include phones, computers, counters, door handles, TV remotes, etc. Also wipe down your car that you traveled in when sick.
    • Cover any coughs or sneezes with a tissue and throw it away immediately. Do not leave them lying around.
    • Try and designate a “sick” room(s) and have others stay out of these spaces.
    • Avoid kissing, hugging and snuggling others as much as feasible.
  2. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Use alcohol based hand sanitizer otherwise.
  3. Eat healthy. It’ s important to give your body good nutrition to help it fight illness. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables – soups and smoothies are great if you have a sore throat. Warm tea with honey, lemon, and ginger added in are also helpful.
  4. Drink lots. Staying hydrated, especially with a fever is also important. Choose beverages that have lower sugar contents or just water.
  5. You may use fever/body aches medications such as Tylenol and Advil, or Aleve although Tylenol is best in this situation. Do not exceed more than 3,000 mg of Tylenol, more than 1000 mg of Aleve, or more than 2,400 mg of Advil/Ibuprofen in a day.
  6. Take any other medications as prescribed.
  7. Rest and sleep as much as possible.

We will text you with negative results and call you for positive results. Please make sure we have the correct phone number. This process takes anywhere from 3-4 days, sometimes a little longer. Please try not to call us for your results unless it has been more than 5 days. If you test positive, you will speak with a provider in case you have any questions, and put in touch with the Department of Health for further directions. This may include letting others you’ve been in contact with know you tested positive. You should contact your place of employment for their specific regulations- some places require you be re-tested.

If you test negative it is best to wait to return to work until you feel completely healed and are no longer having any symptoms. If you have pneumonia, be aware that the recovery process from this takes anywhere from 1-3 weeks. If you are still feeling short of breath, or have a lingering cough after 10 days, please call us.

If you have any of the following PLEASE COME BACK or call us via TELEMEDICINE

  • Worsening shortness of breath not relieved by medications
  • Severe fatigue or muscle aches
  • Fever that does not respond well to medications
  • Any other concerns

If you have any of the following GO TO THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

  • Severe shortness of breath or feeling like you are going to blackout
  • Unexplained bruising on your body
  • Severe chest pain or abdominal pain
  • Anything else you believe might constitute an emergency

Call ahead IF you tested positive to let them know you are coming and are COVID positive so they can ensure they are properly attired.

Some at home and over the counter things to help you feel better:

Resting and staying hydrated are important for all illnesses.

SORE THROAT

  • Cepacol lozenges are helpful to numb your throat before eating or drinking to help you stay hydrated
  • Warm salt water gargles are helpful as well. Avoid using hydrogen peroxide as it can be irritating.
  • Warm tea (some brands sell teas specific for sore throats) with honey is good as well.

COUGH

  • You can use cough drops
  • You can use over the counter cough syrups such as Delysm and Robitussin. Be sure to read labels carefully.

BODY ACHES

  • Many people report relief from soaking in an epsom salt bath
  • Over the counter Ibuprofen and Tyenol although Tylenol is best in this situation. Do not exceed more than 3,000 mg of Tylenol, more than 1000 mg of Aleve, or more than 2,400 mg of Advil/Ibuprofen in a day.

NAUSEA/ MILD STOMACH CRAMPS

  • Ginger drinks and teas as well as peppermint.

Asymptomatic

You’ve been tested for COVID-19- Now what?

IF YOU PERSONALLY WERE DIRECTLY EXPOSED TO A CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19 FOR GREATER THAN 10 MINUTES

STAY HOME until you get your results. It is extremely important to QUARANTINE yourself at home FOR TWO WEEKS SINCE THE MOST RECENT DAY YOU HAD THIS EXPOSURE. This is because you can still come down with the virus within this period. Make every effort to not come within 6 feet of anyone else. The exception to this is if you need to seek medical care. If you must be around others for any reason, use a face mask. If you need groceries or supplies ask others to bring them to you. If you live with others:

  • Wipe down common surfaces with a bleach based solution (or other solution that kills viruses) throughout the day. These include phones, computers, counters, door handles, TV remotes, etc.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with a tissue and throw it away immediately. Do not leave them lying around.
  • Avoid kissing, hugging and snuggling others as much as feasible.
  1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Use alcohol based hand sanitizer otherwise.
  2. Eat healthy. It’ s important to give your body good nutrition to help it fight any developing illness. Take any other medications as prescribed.
  3. Rest and sleep as much as possible.
  4. We will text you with negative results and call you for positive results. Please make sure we have the correct phone number. This process takes anywhere from 3-4 days, sometimes a little longer. Please try not to call us for your results unless it has been more than 5 days. If you test positive, you will speak with a provider in case you have any questions, and put in touch with the Department of Health for further directions. This may include letting others you’ve been in contact with know you tested positive. You should contact your place of employment for their specific regulations- some places require you be re-tested.
  5. If you test negative and later on you develop symptoms of a fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose or ear pain nausea, stomach pain or diarrhea then you do need to COME BACK FOR ANOTHER TEST to confirm the results.

IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN EXPOSED OR WERE EXPOSED VIA A THIRD PERSON

  • You need to quarantine until you get a negative test result, with the directions above. This process to get your results takes anywhere from 4-8 days. If negative, be aware that you can still catch COVID-19 and continue to practice safe social distancing, hand washing, getting lots of rest and eating well and wearing a mask in public places.

TRAVELING OR HAVING SURGERY

You need to quarantine until the day of travel or surgery in order to avoid exposing yourself to anyone else so the test we run today is as accurate as possible.

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