Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Information

COLORADO PLAINS MEDICAL CENTER EASES VISITOR RESTRICTIONS - EFFECTIVE JUNE 22, 2020

Limited visitation now available for most patients as elective and non-urgent procedures resume

Colorado Plains Medical Center is transitioning from a zero-visitor protocol to limited visitor restrictions as the hospital resumes elective and non-urgent cases and services at its facilities effective June 22, 2020. The decision was made as current projections continue to indicate a lower than expected volume of COVID-19 in the region and after careful review of state and federal guidance. The updated restrictions, which will now allow most patients to have one visitor or support person per day, have been implemented effective immediately.

As part of the updated visitor restrictions, patients on the MedSurg Unit or in the ICU will be allowed one well visitor per day.  Visiting hours are from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.  The visitor will not be allowed to leave and return unless there is a patient emergency. 

One support person will be allowed for obstetric patients.  This support person must remain for the entirety of the labor and delivery.  The visitor will not be allowed to leave and return on the same day unless there is a patient emergency.

The Emergency Department will allow one support person per patient.  This individual must remain with the patient.  If this individual leaves, they will not be allowed to re-enter the ED.

One companion for hospital outpatient appointments will also be allowed under the new visitor policy.

All visitors must be 16 years of age or older, will be screened upon entry and are required to wear a mask and an armband while in the facility. Visitors who do not pass the screening at entry will be asked to reschedule their visit until they are symptom-free. Minor children, individuals unable to manage their own decisions, or disabled individuals requiring assistance from a regular caregiver will be allowed one individual to accompany them while in the facility.

Visitors are not allowed on the Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit or for high-risk, isolation, immunocompromised, or respiratory patients who are under observation or test positive for COVID-19.  Please contact the unit director for end of life patients for visitor guidance.

Colorado Plains Medical Center continues to screen everyone who enters the facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19, per CDC guidelines. Please utilize alternative methods of communications, including technology, with patients as much as possible.

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Patient and Approved Visitor Masking 

As part of Colorado Plains Medical Center’s ongoing efforts to optimize personal health for both our employees and our patients, we are asking that ALL visitors utilize a mask or cloth covering at all times while in the clinics or hospital. Homemade masks are acceptable. We greatly appreciate our community’s support and cooperation as we continue to ensure a safe place of care for our patients, guests, and employees. #InThisTogether #MakingCommunitiesHealthier #COVID19 #Coronavirus

COVID-19 Testing FAQ

COVID-19 Online Risk Assessment

To help support the health of our community, we are providing access to an online COVID-19 risk assessment developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This tool does NOT provide a diagnosis, and it should NOT be used as a substitute for an assessment made by a healthcare provider.

How do I get tested for COVID-19?

At this time, tests for COVID-19 require a provider order. Visiting a provider does not necessarily mean you need testing or that you will receive testing. Your provider will work with the Northeast Colorado Health Department to follow all appropriate guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Department to determine if testing is recommended based on your symptoms and recent travel history.

What are the qualifications for being tested for COVID-19?

Someone may be a candidate for testing if he or she has:

  1. A fever and cough or shortness of breath AND has been in close contact with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case; or
  2. A fever and cough or shortness of breath and a history of travel from affected geographic areas; or
  3. A fever and cough or shortness of breath requiring hospitalization with no other source of infection.

Can I pick up or buy a test kit for COVID-19?

No. At this time, tests for COVID-19 require a provider order and are not commercially available to the public.

What do I do if I’ve been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19? I want to be tested.

If you have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, you should self-monitor for fever or symptoms of respiratory illness for 14 days. If you begin to experience fever or symptoms of respiratory illness, and they are mild enough that you can manage them at home, you should remain at home in isolation. For details about how to correctly perform home isolation, tips for managing your illness at home with family members, and guidance on when you can discontinue home isolation, please visit the CDC’s website (link to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html)

If you are not experiencing symptoms, or you are experiencing mild symptoms you can manage at home in isolation, you do not need to seek medical care or testing.

I believe I have symptoms of COVID-19. What do I do next?

I’m experiencing mild symptoms right now, but I’m worried.

If you are experiencing fever and/or mild symptoms of respiratory illness, you can and should isolate at home during illness. For details about how to correctly perform home isolation, tips for managing your illness at home with family members, and guidance on when you can discontinue home isolation, please visit the CDC’s website (link to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html)

Should I get tested?

Isolating yourself at home and self-monitoring mild symptoms is the best course of action unless you feel you need medical care.

Worsening symptoms – I need to see my provider.

Be alert to any changing symptoms and seek prompt medical attention if your symptoms are getting worse. If you feel you need to visit your healthcare provider, call ahead before you arrive to tell them you’re experiencing symptoms that may be related to COVID-19. This will allow your provider’s office staff to properly prepare for your visit and take the necessary precautions to keep others from being infected or exposed.

Will I be tested? Your provider will make this determination based on your symptoms, and recent travel history. You may or may not be tested, but your provider will follow all appropriate CDC and Northeast Colorado Health Department guidelines.

Emergent symptoms – I am having difficulty breathing.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1 and notify the dispatch agent that your emergency is related to possible COVID-19 symptoms.

Will I be tested? Your emergency medicine provider will make this determination based on your symptoms and recent travel history. You may or may not be tested, but your provider will follow all appropriate CDC and Northeast Colorado Health Department guidelines.

Colorado Plains Medical Center is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, volunteers and visitors. We are continuing to monitor the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking the necessary steps to ensure we are fully prepared to care for patients, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in partnership with our local and state health departments.

Below are a number of resources to help educate you and your family on COVID-19. For more information on the virus, please contact the health department.

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