Masking Required, Precautions Taken to Minimize Impact of COVID-19
As cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in Northeast and Central Wisconsin, ThedaCare will implement heightened visitor restrictions and safety precautions throughout the system. The restrictions will help team members continue to care for communities, while minimizing the potential for exposure.
Screeners will continue to be present at all ThedaCare hospitals, checking patients, visitors and team members upon entrance. Masks will continue to be required by all team members, patients and visitors in any public setting on ThedaCare campuses. This includes hallways, cafeterias, elevators, waiting rooms and all clinical areas. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided.
“For nearly two years, we have monitored and proactively adjusted our plans, following guidance from health organizations,” said Dr. Michael Hooker, ThedaCare Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Acute Care. “To help ensure the safest environment possible for our patients, team members and communities, we ask that everyone continue following recommendations including wearing a mask, staying home when ill, maintaining physical distance, washing hands frequently, getting vaccinated and receiving a booster dose if eligible.”
Restrictions will be in place at hospitals in Appleton, Berlin, Neenah, New London, Shawano, Waupaca and Wild Rose.
- No visitors for COVID-positive or non-COVID patients, except limited, approved, pre-arranged visitation for end of life. Those situations will be pre-arranged through care teams.
- For Family Birth Care, visitors will be strictly limited to one essential person throughout the entire stay. No children are allowed.
- One parent/guardian is allowed to accompany a minor, or a patient with a medical need (intellectual and/or developmental disability, cognitive impairment or limited mobility).
- Please do not visit, or accompany patients, if you are experiencing common COVID-19 symptoms, including: Fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, nasal congestion, runny nose, etc. Call your primary care provider to direct you to appropriate care.
- Visitors who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or do not comply with masking guidelines, will be asked to leave.
Other details about specific locations:
|ThedaCare Hospitals and Surgery Centers|
|ThedaCare Clinics |
|The Heritage, Peabody Manor and Juliette Manor |
|ThedaCare Emergency Departments|
|Regional Cancer Center|
“ThedaCare will continue to monitor and adapt visitor restrictions and screening guidelines as necessary to protect our patients, team members and visitors,” said Dr. Hooker. “We appreciate the understanding and support from our communities as we continue to fight COVID-19.”
For more information about COVID-19, vaccines, testing, visitor restrictions and other important news and updates, please visit thedacarecovid19.org/.
For more than 110 years, ThedaCare® has been committed to improving the health of the communities it serves in northeast and central Wisconsin. The organization delivers care to more than 600,000 residents in 17 counties and employs approximately 7,000 health care professionals. ThedaCare has 180 points of care, including seven hospitals. As an organization committed to being a leader in Population Health, team members are dedicated to empowering people to live their best lives through easy access to individualized care, supporting each person’s own health and wellbeing. ThedaCare also partners with communities to understand unique needs, finding solutions together, and encouraging health awareness and action. ThedaCare is the first in Wisconsin to be a Mayo Clinic Care
Network Member, giving specialists the ability to consult with Mayo Clinic experts on a patient’s care. ThedaCare is a not-for-profit health system with a level II trauma center, comprehensive cancer treatment, stroke and cardiac programs, as well as primary care.
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