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COVID-19

Stoughton Health is working with public health, healthcare systems and agency partners to monitor, plan and respond as needed to COVID-19 to keep our community safe and healthy.

For the latest and most accurate information on COVID-19 please go to cdc.gov.

How Stoughton Health is Keeping You Safe

You can safely seek medical care and protect yourself from exposure to COVID-19. Stoughton Health has extensive safety precautions and infection control measures in place at all our facilities to limit the risk of exposure and keep everyone safe. This includes:

  • Screening/testing of all patients prior to their scheduled procedures
  • Strict visitor policy to limit unnecessary traffic in our facilities
  • Entrance screening for all employees, patients and visitors to our facilities; hand sanitation is required
  • Adherence to all CDC guidelines and protocols regarding appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for providers and staff
  • Requiring all employees, patients and visitors to wear masks or other face coverings when they enter our facilities
  • Enhanced cleaning/disinfection processes in our hospital and clinics 
  • Plexiglass barriers at registration to ensure appropriate distancing
  • Realigned waiting room seating to ensure appropriate physical distancing
  • Discontinuation of public water fountains

To learn more about Stoughton Health’s COVID-19 Response please click here.

Community COVID-19 Testing

FREE Community COVID-19 testing in Stoughton is provided by JangoDX.

Tru by Hilton Stoughton (Back Lot)
2500 Jackson Street
Stoughton, WI 53589

Stoughton Hours (subject to change):
7 days a week: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

JangoDx has partnered with the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services to offer free, drive through COVID-19 testing in Dane County. JangoDx can collect patient information and swabs in under 5 minutes and provide test results within 3-7 days for this FDA approved test. This self-administered test only requires gentle swabbing at the base of the nasal canal.

Register for this free test at https://jangodx.com/community-testing/

Choose the JangoDx sites to see available times and locations to schedule your testing window. Results are emailed or texted to individuals via Healthvana, our reporting partner.

• Park your car and one of our staff will check you in (if you registered) or enter your information into the secure portal
• We will provide you with the test kit and instructions on how to self-administer the swab
• When finished, hand the kit back to our staff or place in the receptacle provided.
• Test kits are sent to Fulgent labs for processing
• In 3-7 days, Healthvana will contact you with your results via email or text.

Note: all information is handled via HIPAA-compliant protocols.

Additional Testing Location Information

Public Health Madison Madison & Dane County have additional information community COVID-19 testing locations at https://publichealthmdc.com/coronavirus/testing. 

(updated 12/22/20)

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

While the first COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in the Madison area, we are still months away from this or other vaccines being widely available in the community. Healthcare organizations in Dane County are reminding the public that preventive measures such as physical distancing and mask wearing remain crucial.

The vaccine will not be a magic formula to eliminate COVID-19 from our lives completely, and is not likely to be broadly available for months. Therefore, it is imperative that the public continue to follow safety measures to prevent the spread of the virus and avoid further strain on local hospitals, especially as the holiday season approaches and beyond. These measures will be necessary even once the vaccine becomes widely available. The combination of widely administered vaccinations, vaccine and prevention measures will help us in our eventual return to normal.

These preventive measures include:

  • Don’t gather with people outside your own household and if you must, wear a mask, stay at least six feet apart, and follow public health orders on gathering limits.
  • Wear a mask when in public, even in outdoor locations.
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, scrubbing thoroughly and rinsing completely.
  • Stay home if you have symptoms and get tested.

Helpful Resources

Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine 
COVID-19 Vaccine Community FAQ
Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines
Vaccination Considerations for People who are Pregnant or Breastfeeding 
Wisconsin Senior Medicare Patrol Fraud Alert – COVID Vaccine

(Updated: 12/29/20)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What You Need to Know

by Anna Robb, RN - Infection Prevention Nurse

Visitor Guidelines

For the most up to date visitor information please click on this link: Visitor Guidelines
(Updated:10/8/20)

Patient and Visitor Masks

Patients and visitors are encouraged to where their own masks when entering Stoughton Hospital. Anyone without a mask will be provided one. 
(Updated 5/12/20)

Update on Surgeries and Procedures

Stoughton Health is performing elective procedures and providing other care that had been delayed since mid-March, the onset of the COVID-19 crisis. The postponement of these procedures and non-urgent surgeries was taken with the health and safety of patients and staff in mind. That same patient focus is exactly why Stoughton Health is safely increasing the access to vital services and requiring patients to be tested for COVID-19 prior to surgery. 

(Updated 9/21/20) 

Outpatient Rehab Clinic 

Both the Stoughton and Oregon Rehab Clinics are scheduling patient appointments. 
(Updated 6/15/20)

Geriatric Psychiatry Program Update

We are planning on reopening the Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry Unit on Wednesday, July 8th. Please call (608) 873-2242 with referrals. 

In addition to the standard requirements for admission to the Geriatric Psychiatry Unit, potential patients must also have a recent COVID-19 negative test, be asymptomatic, and have not had close contact with someone who has been COVID-19 positive in the last 14 days.  The negative test must be within 72 hours prior to admission and there must be no symptoms of: cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills/shaking with chills, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.

(Updated 6/15/20)

How You Can Help – PPE and Cloth Masks

Many talented and generous individuals have reached out to us regarding the sewing and donation of hand-made masks, as well as approved PPE items like procedure masks. Stoughton Health will be accepting these items. 

Please used the provided patter which have been vetted and approved by clinical staff and our infection control team.

COVID-19 Cotton Mask with Pocket Pattern
Procedure Mask Pattern

How You Can Help – Community Volunteer Needs 

McFarland
McFarland Senior Outreach needs volunteers to assist with portioning and packaging meals out of their kitchen at the McFarland Municipal Center. 
Contact Katie Gletty-Syoen – katie.gletty-syoen@mcfarland.wi.us or Lori Andersen – (608) 838-7117.

Stoughton
The City of Stoughton is experiencing a volunteer shortage due to many volunteers being in high risk groups. Please contact the following if you are healthy and able to help:

Meals on Wheels
Contact Cindy McGlynn – cmcglynn@ci.stoughton.wi.us

Food Pantry
Contact Mike Heger – hegerm@gmail.com

Oregon
Oregon Senior Center Meal Drop Off 
Click here to sign up

Valet Parking Suspended

Stoughton Hospital is temporarily suspending valet parking to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Message from Stoughton Health’s President

As we are adjusting to a new reality in our lives as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, let me begin with THANK YOU. Thank you to our employees for being selfless and remaining resilient and focused. And thank you to our community for implementing and following strong preventative measures. By all of us working together we WILL be successful.

Since the first reports of the Coronavirus (COVID 19) were reported in China, Stoughton Health has been working diligently to help ensure that we are prepared. Our priority was and remains the health and well-being of our patients, visitors, volunteers, physicians and employees.

In addition to following our existing communicable disease outbreak protocols, we have implemented the precautionary measures listed below following guidance from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), state and local health authorities, and the Stoughton Health Infection Prevention Team:

  • Consistent calls with Dane County EMS Liaison Medical Committee, Dane County Emergency Operations, South Central Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition, Dane County Public Health Hospital Partners, Dane County Inter-hospital Members

  • Canceled all events, community education presentations and meetings

  • Established Incident Command Center to help ensure regular communication with hospital leadership, employees and outside agencies

  • Suspended all employee work related travel

  • Eliminated self-service in hospital café and moved to prepackaged foods

  • Restricted visitor access and initiated performing health screenings on anyone coming into the hospital

  • Postponed non-life threatening, non-urgent surgeries, and hospital procedures

  • Suspended valet parking and all volunteer activity to help reduce the spread of COVID-19

  • Coordinated with materials management to ensure a stock of needed supplies and equipment is available and being maintained

  • Moved Oregon Rehab out of the shared space with the urgent care clinic

  • Updated employees, public, volunteers, physicians and our community partners with preventative measures and continual updates

Locally, Stoughton Health is working with the Stoughton Area School District and the City of Stoughton to create a cohesive, consistent COVID-19 plan for the community. The leaders from these three entities are meeting frequently to ensure the community is taking a uniform approach to prevention and safety.

Stoughton Health is also working with local Emergency Management Services (EMS), skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, senior centers, police departments, clinics, businesses, local chambers of commerce and media to ensure a comprehensive, cohesive plan. As we continue to implement these protective measures, please know we are here for you and remain committed to providing safe, quality health care with exceptional personalized service.

Thank you,
Dan DeGroot
President and CEO
Stoughton Health