We continue to address the complexities of COVID-19 and strive to provide you with excellent, patient-centered care in our clinics and hospital departments, which are open with enhanced safety measures.
Updated March 3, 2021 – COVID-19 Vaccine Information
We now have two options for scheduling your vaccine appointment:
- Online – Click the box to the right to schedule
your appointment online.
- By Phone – Call 307.675.4471 and leave your name, date of birth and phone number to schedule by phone. Please note, it is important to schedule your COVID vaccination appointment at least 2 weeks after any other immunizations you may have received.
There is no charge for the vaccine; however, Sheridan Memorial Hospital charges an administration fee: $20 for the 1st shot, $20 for the 2nd shot. Your insurance will be billed for these fees.
A thank you message from our ER docs and ICU nurses. December 18, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID 19)
Sheridan Memorial Hospital continues to take COVID-19 very seriously. We are monitoring the situation, staying in touch with the Wyoming Department of Health and our local Public Health officials and updating our protocols accordingly.
Spread mainly through person-to-person close contact (approximately 6 feet), it is small droplets from coughing and sneezing which can enter the mouth and lungs of those nearby. It is possible infection can happen by touching a surface or object that has virus on it such as a table or doorknob and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
It is important to know that 80% of COVID-19 cases are mild or without symptoms. But there currently is no anti-viral treatment for COVID-19. Most people who become infected will be able to care for themselves at home. Like the seasonal flu, COVID-19 infection is more severe in elderly patients and those with chronic underlying health conditions. For the most updated information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC’s Share the Facts, Stop the Fear page.
If your symptoms are mild – slight fever, cough, runny nose.
We may ask you to remain at home to recover. Avoid going out in public, but if you must go out, be sure to use good respiratory hygiene: wash hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizer, wear a surgical mask, or cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue and throw it away.
If your symptoms are serious – continued fever, severe shortness of breath.
Please call our dedicated phone line: 307.672.1004
We may ask you to come in for testing or evaluation or we may refer you to the emergency room. Upon arrival, you will be screened by our clinical staff. Thank you in advance for answering their brief screening questions. Please bring a mask with you for your visit, If you don’t have a mask, one will be provided for you.
Infection Prevention Measures
- Stay home when you are sick
- Avoid people who are sick (6 feet rule)
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw tissue in trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- CDC recommends wearing a facemask when in public
- A facemask and gloves should be worn by those who are treating patients with symptoms
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- 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
Should You be Tested for COVID-19?
In more than 80% of cases, symptoms are mild, do not require testing and can be self-managed at home. After you have talked to or been evaluated by your physician, testing may or may not be necessary. The decision to test for COVID-19 will be made in consultation with your physician.
For a guide to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care:
COVID testing — CDC Self Checker
COVID-19 Testing at SMH
We are now offering Rapid PCR and Antigen tests which will yield results the same day instead of having to wait 3-5 business days for tests performed at the State Lab in Cheyenne or the Mayo Clinic lab. When scheduling a testing appointment, hospital personnel will help you select the most appropriate test for your needs. The phone number to call to schedule a COVID-19 test is 307.672.1004. If you have questions about the costs, please contact our Financial Advocates at 307-675-4620.
Basic Treatments if You Have COVID-19
- Three basic rules:
- Keep warm and rest as much as possible
- Take plenty of fluids
- For fever, take Tylenol or Motrin in normal doses (consult label on bottle)
- For cough:
- Humidification and drinking lots of fluids can help loosen sticky mucus
- Non-prescription drugs designed to suppress cough can be helpful
- If you use an inhaler, you may have to use it more often
- For sore throat:
- Gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in ½ glass of water)
- Humidification of the air and lots of fluids help
- If temperature is elevated:
- Fluids are even more important
- Fever medicine, Tylenol or Motrin, can help control temperature
- Persistent temperature elevation of 103-104 degrees can be a danger sign and you should call your physician
- For nausea and/or diarrhea:
- Eat only clear liquids, soups or juices as tolerated
- Fluids will be important to prevent dehydration
If You Have a Regular Check-up or Office Visit – Please Call Your Physician
If you have an annual check-up or office visit, please call your physician’s office to check and see if there are any concerns, even if you are not showing any symptoms of COVID-19. Your provider can provide information over the phone to determine if it is necessary to continue with your appointment. We are taking every precaution in accordance with CDC guidelines to keep our patients and staff at low risk of exposure to communicable diseases.