COVID-19 Information


Sheridan Community Hospital is dedicated to keeping our patients, staff and community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to reassure patients, who seek care at the hospital or family medical clinic, that they will be treated in a safe environment. We do not want patients to delay care.

Although the CDC has relaxed mask guidelines for fully vaccinated persons, please note that face coverings are STILL REQUIRED in healthcare settings, including Sheridan Community Hospital and Sheridan Care Clinic.

SCH VISITOR RESTRICTIONS

Sheridan Community Hospital is closely monitoring the status of COVID-19 throughout the local area, state, and national level. The health and safety of our community and patients is our primary focus.

As of June 15, 2021, Sheridan Community Hospital will allow up to two visitors per patient, in all departments, at the discretion of the nurse/physician overseeing patient’s care. All visitors will be screened, temperature checked and required to wear a mask or face covering upon entrance and throughout their entire visit. If a visitor has symptoms, they will not be allowed to stay/visit with the patient.

We do not want patients to delay care; our facilities are safe.

 

WHEN TO GET TESTED

Get a COVID-19 test if you’re experiencing one of the following symptoms or in advance of a surgical procedure.

Symptoms (range from mild to severe):

COVID-19
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or chest tightness
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea
  • Body aches
  • Loss of taste and/or smell
  • Fever of 100 degrees F or greater

 

COVID-19 CALCULATOR

The Mid-Michigan District Health Department offers a COVID calculator to know when you are considered fully vaccinated, when and how long you need to quarantine, reinfection timeframes and more.

COVID-19 Calculator 

 

WHERE TO GET TESTED

Effective September 24, 2021, Sheridan Community Hospital offers COVID-19 testing, available daily from 9:00am to 6:00pm, through a drive-thru set up at the Emergency Department/Walk-In Clinic entrance.

CLICK HERE to get directions to the Sheridan Community Hospital

Hospital staff will contact patients via phone for their COVID-19 test results. You may also be notified by email when results are ready in your Patient Portal.

 

COVID-19 ANTIBODY TESTING

Sheridan Community Hospital has the capability to test for the SARS-CoV-2 IgG (COVID-19) antibody.

This test is performed using a routine blood sample and may be helpful in determining if you’ve had a past infection. It may also indicate possible protection from future infections of the COVID-19 virus. However, it may take 1-3 weeks for your body to develop antibodies. Results of antibody testing should be reviewed with your physician, since they may not be useful as a sole means of diagnosing a current COVID-19 infection.

The SARS-CoV-2 IgG (COVID-19) antibody test is available 24 hours a day, but an order from your provider is required.

 

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

COVID-19 Vaccine

Sheridan Community Hospital is proud to provide the local community with COVID-19 care and testing.

We have already administered multiple doses to Sheridan Community Hospital and Sheridan Care Clinic caregivers and members of the community. Sheridan Community Hospital follows the schedule set by state, local and federal authorities.

CLICK HERE to get more information on the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

HOW TO KEEP YOURSELF SAFE WHILE SEEKING CARE

  • Hand hygiene is an important step in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Sheridan Community Hospital and Sheridan Care Clinic are supplied with an abundance of hand sanitizer stations that can be used by our staff, patients, and visitors.
  • Maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from others.
  • If a patient is having a procedure or surgery and require a ride home, we kindly ask the driver to wait in their vehicle or return when needed.
  • Wear a face mask that covers both your mouth and nose.

 

ADDITIONAL SAFETY MEASURES

We want to reassure patients that they will be treated in a safe environment, by staff members who are adhering to the most current safety standards. We have also implemented additional safety measures, including:

Screening at Entrances

Screening at Entrances
Sheridan Community Hospital is screening all patients, visitors, and our own staff for symptoms of COVID-19 before entering our facilities. Those experiencing symptoms are prohibited from entering.

Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment
Sheridan Community Hospital staff are wearing protective equipment to keep patients and themselves safe when providing care. We also offer protective masks to patients and visitors as an enhanced safety precaution.

Increased Cleaning Measures

Increased Cleaning Measures
Sheridan Community Hospital and Sheridan Care are continuing to follow CDC recommendations regarding disinfection and sterilization of office equipment, patient rooms, waiting areas, and exam rooms.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

*Answers provided by CDC.gov

COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Because it is a new virus, scientists are learning more each day. Although most people who have COVID-19 have mild symptoms, COVID-19 can also cause severe illness and even death. Some groups, including older adults and people who have certain underlying medical conditions, are at increased risk of severe illness.

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person, including between people who are physically near each other (within about 6 feet). People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others. Cases of reinfection with COVID-19 have been reported but are rare. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes.

COVID-19 spreads very easily from person to person. How easily a virus spreads from person to person can vary. The virus that causes COVID-19 appears to spread more efficiently than influenza but not as efficiently as measles, which is among the most contagious viruses known to affect people.

For more information about how COVID-19 spreads, visit the How COVID-19 Spreads page to learn how COVID-19 spreads and how to protect yourself.

Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Most people who get COVID-19 will be able to recover at home. CDC has directions for people who are recovering at home and their caregivers, including:

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • If you have COVID-19, tell your close contacts so that they can quarantine at home and get tested.
  • Use a separate room and bathroom for sick household members (if possible).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Provide your sick household member with clean disposable facemasks to wear at home, if available, to help prevent spreading COVID-19 to others. Everyone else should wear masks at home. Masks offer some protection to the wearer and are also meant to protect those around the wearer, in case they are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Clean the sick room and bathroom, as needed, to avoid unnecessary contact with the sick person.

However, some people may need emergency medical attention. Watch for symptoms and learn when to seek emergency medical attention.

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

The best way to protect yourself and others is to quarantine by staying home for 14 days if you think you’ve been exposed to someone who has COVID-19. Check your local health department’s website for information about options in your area to possibly shorten this quarantine period.

Be alert for symptoms of COVID-19.

If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

You may NOT need to quarantine if:

  • You have been fully vaccinated and have no symptoms
  • You were previously diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last three months and don't develop any new symptoms

For COVID-19, a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting from 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, if they are asymptomatic, 2 days before their specimen that tested positive was collected), until they meet the criteria for discontinuing home isolation.

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms – from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. If you have fever, cough, or other symptoms, you might have COVID-19.

In general, children 2 years and older should wear a mask. Masks offer some protection to you and are also meant to protect those around you, in case you are unknowingly infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. However, CDC recognizes that wearing masks may not be possible in every situation or for some people. Appropriate and consistent use of masks may be challenging for some children, such as children with certain disabilities, including cognitive, intellectual, developmental, sensory and behavioral disorders.

Although we know certain bacteria and fungi can be carried on fur and hair, there is no evidence that viruses, including the virus that causes COVID-19, can spread to people from the skin, fur, or hair of pets.

However, because animals can sometimes carry other germs that can make people sick, it’s always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals, including washing hands before and after interacting with them.


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