Campbell County Health (CCH) is closing Campbell County Memorial Hospital to visitors as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Wyoming, according to a March 19 press release from the hospital.
The hospital will no longer allow any visitors at this time, according to the release, with the exception of one parent for pediatric patients and one support person for those giving birth.
All adult patients currently hospitalized will be required to undergo a respiratory health screening and have their temperature taken; no one under 18 will be allowed.
At this time, CCMH has closed its Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Outpatient Respiratory Therapy and Surgery departments and will only be taking emergent cases and those deemed medically necessary for surgeries, the release stated.
Departments that are closed to visitors include the Dialysis Center, Intensive Care Unit, Maternal Child Unit, with some exceptions, the Medical/Surgical Unit, Radiology Department and Third Floor Clinics, including Cardiology, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Nephrology and Complex Medicine and Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine.
Entry into the hospital will also be closed off or with limited access to the public including the circle driveway to the main entrance, which will be closed to all traffic. Instead, patients are being asked to park in the parking garage and access the walkway to enter the building. The Main Clinic entrance will be open during regular business hours and patients are asked to call when they arrive for clinic appointments, so staff can let them in.
The Pediatric Clinic will also be cancelling all non-essential appointments and the covered walkway entrance, from the parking garage to the main building, will be open between 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and closed during weekends.
The entrance to the Heptner Cancer Center will be open during regular business hours for dialysis and oncology patients only. The Emergency Department/Walk-in Clinic entrance will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at all times.
CCH Community Relations Director Karen Clarke urged people to keep their distance from one another, and Chief of Medical Staff and Cardiologist at Campbell County Medical Group Cardiology Dr. Nicholas Stamato asked for the public’s cooperation as the hospital takes measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus throughout the community.
“It is important to remember COVID-19 control measures may only delay cases, not prevent cases — but this delay gives your healthcare providers time to prepare. We encourage you to stay home or participate in social distancing, as much as possible. This means working from home or staying in rather than going out to bars or restaurants,” he said. “It’s our best shot at slowing down the spread of this virus.”
For updates on coronavirus from CCH, visit www.cchwyo.org/covid19.