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.
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.
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
3 Key Steps to Take While Waiting for Your COVID-19 Test Result
Dane County COVID-19 Resources
Dental Appointments and COVID-19: What has changed?
DHS COVID-19 Activity Level Data Dashboard
Medical Imaging Patient Safety Infographic
Mental Health and Self Care Resources
Stop the Spread of Germs
Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
What you should know about COVID-19
Coronavirus (COVID-19): What You Need to Know
For the most up to date visitor information please click on this link: Visitor Guidelines
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.
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.
Outpatient Rehab Clinic
Both the Stoughton and Oregon Rehab Clinics are scheduling patient appointments.
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.
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.
How You Can Help – Community Volunteer Needs
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org or Lori Andersen – (608) 838-7117.
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 – email@example.com
Contact Mike Heger – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
President and CEO