Information on COVID-19

COVID-19 UPDATE: Effective March 13th, 2020 at 8 PM - To protect the safety of our patients and team members, Madison Regional Health System will be closing its doors to all visitors until further notice. This includes the cafeteria. For any questions, please call 605-256-6551.

Please call ahead if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

MRHS has been working closely with the SD Department of Health and following CDC guidelines in the prevention of the spread of the Coronavirus. The number one thing local community members can currently do regarding the COVID-19 is remain calm and utilize preventative measures.

This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. The risk may change daily. MRHS is partnering with health officials to monitor and evaluate this situation. The latest updates are available on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 website.

Currently in our community, we are seeing cases of the seasonal flu. The Coronavirus has similar symptoms; cough, fever, and shortness of breath. If you need to schedule an appointment with a Provider, please let the scheduler know your symptoms. Upon entering the building, you will see signs posted and will have to go through a check point.

MRHS is Requesting Fabric Surgical Masks

MRHS is requesting donations from anyone who is able and capable to create fabric surgical masks. MRHS staff and patients are grateful for any donations we receive. There is a nation-wide shortage of surgical masks and MRHS is trying its best to protect current supplies. Many examples of fabric surgical masks are available on the internet. Below is a link for an example.

Example of Fabric Surgical Mask (PDF)

The most beneficial prototype includes:

  • double-layered cotton or cotton blend that gives us the ability to insert a filter
  • contains elastic that can go around the ears

Drop-Off Information:

  • Front of MRHS (give to triage nurse)
  • 8 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Friday

For any question, please call MRHS administration at 605-256-8604.

It is always important to follow infection prevention measures to minimize the spread of infections. These measures include:

  • Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing and dispose of any tissue in the trash immediately. If you find yourself coughing or sneezing without the benefit of a tissue, please cover your cough or sneeze with your arm rather than your hand.
  • Wash your hands, thoroughly and often, with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers in between washing your hands and when soap and water are not available.
  • Clean high touch areas in your environment including cellphones, computers, light switches, and door knobs.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Social Distancing (detailed below).

An effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 illness, MRHS recommends "social distancing" as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Here is what Social Distancing means:

Limit close contact with people

  • Limit physical contact, including handshakes
  • Avoid hugging or kissing people who are sick or showing symptoms of illness, keep your distance about six feet away
  • Limit in-person meetings, using phone, email and other communication tools when possible.
  • Increase physical space when you are working or talking with others out in public.

Stay home if you are sick

Stay home from work, school, church or other group gatherings if you are ill with these symptoms:

  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat

Identify actions to take if you need to postpone or cancel events

  • Officials may ask you to modify, postpone or cancel large events for the safety and well-being of your event staff, participants and the community
  • If possible, plan alternative ways for participants to enjoy the events by television, radio, or online

Avoid crowds, especially in poor ventilated spaces

  • Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are sick people in the crowd

Reduce or limit large gatherings

  • Consider that now may not be the best time for parties or potlucks

Limit non-essential travel

Deferring Non-Essential Surgeries for Time Being

Madison Regional Health System is following Governor Noem’s Executive Order regarding COVID-19 and will only be performing urgent and emergent surgical cases for the time being. Medical providers are regularly reevaluating the extent of deferral and are working to balance patient safety and quality while conserving protective equipment like gowns and masks and reduce any potential spread of the virus. Patients scheduled for procedures will be contacted directly. Patients should discuss the need for a procedure with their surgeon or physician.

Keep Informed

In the event the Coronavirus becomes a Pandemic, MRHS has a pandemic plan and works closely with other local and State agencies. We encourage the public to get their information about COVID-19 from credible sources, such as the CDC and SD Department of Health, and not spread misinformation.

Here are some links to follow to keep up-to-date:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html https://doh.sd.gov/news/Coronavirus.aspx

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