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Cough? Fever?

Think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19?

Fill out our online COVID-19 Screening Form and a nurse will contact you as soon as possible Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm
You can also call our hotline Monday - Friday between 8am-4:30pm at 920.746.3700
For other times, please call Prevea After Hours at 1-877-746-0003

COVID-19 Online Information Center

COVID-19 Information & Statistics

In an effort to keep our community safe and informed regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Door County Medical Center has collaborated with leaders from Door County Public Health to develop an online information center.

While COVID-19 is a new disease, it is spread the same way as many seasonal viruses, including influenza. Influenza and influenza-like illness are currently at a high level in our area. To avoid the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 and other viruses, we recommend adhering to the following guidelines:

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. Look for one that is 60% or higher alcohol-based.
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue (make sure to throw it away after each use!) or to cough and sneeze into your arm or elbow, not your hands. Teach kids to do the same.
  • Clean and disinfect your home and workspace as usual using regular household disinfectants, paying special attention to frequently touched surfaces (doorknobs, countertops, etc.).

If You Are Experiencing Flu-Like Symptoms

Individuals with underlying illness or immunocompromised status are at greatest risk, but anyone can be tested who is experiencing one or more of these symptoms: Fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, diarrhea, nausea, an alteration in taste or smell, or any respiratory illness/viral illness symptoms. Fill out our online COVID-19 Screening Form and a nurse will contact you as soon as possible Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm. You can also call our hotline Monday-Friday between 8am-4:30pm at 920.746.3700. Individuals experiencing shortness of breath should go directly to our Emergency Department which is open 24/7.

COVID-19 in Door & Kewaunee Counties

DCMC has a robust infection control process and team, and stands ready to treat members of our community with COVID-19.

DCMC will continue to work with federal, state, and county health agencies to ensure an appropriate coordinated response that meets the needs of the patients we serve and protects the safety of all patients, staff, and community members. All DCMC clinicians and staff members are trained in infection control processes and will continuously work to ensure a safe patient care environment.

For more specific information on COVID-19, factual and informative websites recommended are:

Coronavirus FAQs: You Asked, We Answered

There are currently several coronaviruses that infect people around the globe every year, and 4 of these are responsible for about 20% of “common colds.” While all coronaviruses are covered in spike proteins, which appear as a “crown” around the outside of this type of virus and give them their name (corona means crown in Latin), not all coronaviruses are the same.

The coronaviruses that caused the SARS outbreak in 2003 and the MERS outbreak in 2012 were, like the current coronavirus, much more serious than the common cold. The current coronavirus pandemic is caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2. Once a person becomes infected with SARS-CoV-2, they can develop the symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2.

Below are the responses to the most common questions that Door County Medical Center has received about the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, and COVID-19.

What are the most common symptoms of COVID-19?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever or Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Symptoms may appear between 2 to 14 days after exposure. Not all people will have the same combination of symptoms, and indeed some people will be asymptomatic—that is, they will be infected with the coronavirus but have no symptoms and will not develop COVID-19.

Which warning signs or symptoms should I look out for, or call my doctor about, if I have an underlying condition?

Perhaps one of the biggest risk factors for developing COVID-19 is age. While young children rarely show any symptoms of infection, people ages 65 and older are at a high-risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19.

An increased risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19 is also associated with people of all ages who have certain underlying medical conditions, which include, per the CDC:

  • Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • Serious heart conditions
  • Compromised immune systems
  • Severe obesity (a body mass index of 40 or higher)
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic kidney disease (especially that which requires dialysis)
  • Liver disease

The most important warning signs to look out for regarding the development of severe COVID-19 are:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

While those who are 65 or older, or have an underlying medical condition, should be particularly vigilant when looking for the abovementioned warning signs, in reality, these symptoms of severe illness can strike anyone of any age that has developed COVID-19. If you know someone that has contracted SARS-CoV-2 and is displaying any of these symptoms—even if they are a 25-year-old marathon runner—call your doctor or hospital right away.

Are there any long-term effects of COVID-19 that we know about?

The first cases of SARS-CoV-2 that we know of first appeared in December of 2019, so we can’t yet be sure how long “long-term” is. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that it takes 3 to 6 weeks for most people to recover from COVID-19. However, there are some people who contract this coronavirus and develop COVID-19 symptoms that last for months, or even sustain organ damage.

  • Blood clots: One complication from COVID-19 that has primarily emerged in younger people with the disease is blood clotting, which can lead to strokes, pulmonary embolisms (in the lungs) and renal (kidney) failure.
  • Olfactory nerve damage: Another longer-term complication seen in those who have recovered from COVID-19 is neurological—the lost of taste and smell. While many have reported the loss of taste and smell as a symptom of COVID-19, a small number of those with that particular side effect are reporting that the loss of these senses, thus far, seems permanent.
  • Lung damage: Many will be familiar with the affect SARS-Cov-2 has on the lungs. Indeed, this organ seems to be one of the primary targets of this virus. People that have had COVID-19 often cough, and/or complain of shortness of breath, weeks after recovering. Additionally, doctors preforming CT scans have found evidence of scarring—the so-called “ground-glass opacities”—on the lungs of COVID-19 patients. This type of damage can be permanent
  • Heart damage: Like the lungs, the heart seems to be one of the organs most likely to be targeted by the coronavirus. Physicians have reported inflammation and damage to the heart muscle in patients with COVID-19. Some are warning that, “COVID-19 survivors may experience long-lasting cardiac damage and cardiovascular problems, which could increase their risk of heart attack and stroke.”

What does “community-spread” mean?

Sometimes a person that has become infected with a virus, like SARS-CoV-2, can trace how they became infected. Maybe they contracted it from a friend. Perhaps the infection was transmitted while that person was traveling abroad. Either way, public health officials can identify a source. This is where the term “contact tracing” comes from, and it is what public health officials always hope to be able to do—trace the source of an infection. When a person becomes sick and does not know how they contracted the disease, this is referred to as community spread. In a case like this, there is no way to pinpoint the origin of the person’s infection—in other words, the disease is spreading unchecked within the community.

Is wearing a mask an effective way to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2? How should I wear mine? 

The simple answer: Yes, you should wear a mask! Try to keep the edges tight against your face (even if you have a beard) and make sure the mask goes over your nose and under your chin. If you wear glasses, make or purchase a mask that can go almost to the bridge of your nose, then place your glasses over the mask. This will prevent fogging when you breathe.

As previously mentioned, people who have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 can go up to two weeks without showing symptoms (presymptomatic), and may never even develop symptoms (asymptomatic). In fact, in asymptomatic cases, the infected person may be unaware they have the disease until they have been tested for antibodies. However, this doesn’t mean that the presymptomatic or asymptomatic person can’t spread the coronavirus to others. In fact, the CDC estimates that 20% to 50% of SARS-CoV-2 infections are asymptomatic and a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that presymptomatic and asymptomatic people were responsible for up 45% of all coronavirus transmission. The reason for wearing a mask is that you are, in effect, protecting people from you. The mask will not necessarily protect you from contracting SARS-CoV-2 (there are specific masks, like N95 respirators, that can prevent the wearer from becoming infected), but it will help reduce the risk that you will transmit it if you have the coronavirus and are presymptomatic or asymptomatic.

One last statistic: A recent study, supported by the WHO, found that wearing masks could reduce the spread of the coronavirus by up to 85%.

How effective is it to stay 6ft apart?

The same WHO funded study that was mentioned above (regarding masks) also found that standing at least 3 feet apart could reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2 by up to 82% and that standing 6 feet apart would reduce transmissibility even further. The important takeaway is that it is important to reduce prolonged close contact (more than a few minutes) with other individuals—especially when indoors where there is less air circulation.

Should I be wearing gloves when I go out in public?

No, wearing gloves is not necessary and, according to the CDC, it can even increase transmissibility

The coronavirus cannot enter your body through your skin, but rather, through the nose, mouth and eyes. One of the ways SARS-CoV-2 can be transmitted is by touching a surface (like the top of a table) that is covered with the coronavirus, getting it on your hand or fingers, then touching your nose, mouth or eyes. Wearing a mask and washing your hands frequently with soap and water will help to prevent this kind of transmission, but unfortunately you can still touch your face with a glove on your hand, and “if not properly removed, gloves can be a source of contamination”—that is, the removed glove could come in contact with your hands or face.

How are tests for COVID-19 performed? How long does it take to get the results back?

Most commonly, a test to determine if you have SARS-CoV-2 involves a nasal swab, which is then sent to a lab that can look for the virus in the sample you provided. Results usually take 7 to 14 days. Currently, anyone can get a coronavirus test at DCMC—no referral, insurance or doctor’s order is needed, and you will not be billed for testing regardless of coverage. For a testing appointment call the Door County COVID-19 Screening Hotline at: 920-746-3700.

How and where can I get tested for antibodies?

When a person becomes infected with a virus, their body’s immune system will produce a large, Y-shaped protein that can bind to the virus and neutralize it. Once a person has been sick and beaten back an illness like COVID-19, their immune system will continue to produce antibodies to prevent a repeat infection (this is the point of vaccines, to “trick” your body into producing antibodies before you get sick). Antibody tests cannot tell you if you have SARS-CoV-2, but rather, if you have had it in the past. Currently, DCMC is not allowing people to self-order an antibody test. In order to obtain an antibody test for SARS-CoV-2, DCMC recommends that you contact your primary care clinician and ask about obtaining a test.

When will people be able to make appointments for elective procedures and checkups?

Door County Medical Center is again performing elective surgical procedures! Also, in addition to telemedicine video and phone visits, our clinicians are beginning to see more patients at our physical locations, especially those patients that need help managing health conditions. Urgent care and emergency facilities are open as usual.

DCMC requests that when you visit one of our locations, you wear a mask and wash your hands when you arrive and when you leave. Reception areas are disinfected regularly and set up to meet social distancing guidelines. For more information please visit our website at: https://www.dcmedical.org/ or click here.

Can community members donate homemade masks to DCMC and staff? If so, where and how?

DCMC is accepting donations of cloth masks, which are cleaned and then provided to every patient or visitor who walks into the hospital. Donations can be dropped off at either one of the hospitals main entrances—the main clinic entrance or the Emergency Room entrance. Keeping people safe is one of DCMC’s top priorities, and mask donations are very much appreciated!

Where can I get resources for my business regarding COVID-19 guidelines? 

There are several excellent websites that provide a wealth of information for businesses trying to navigate the coronavirus pandemic.

  • The Door County government website can be accessed at: https://www.co.door.wi.gov/909/Coronavirus-Disease-COVID-19. Among the range of topics covered, this site provides information for what to do if you think an employee has been exposed to, or is infected with SARS-CoV-2.
  • The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), which can be accessed here: https://wedc.org/reopen-guidelines/, and the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC), which can be accessed here: https://livedoorcounty.org/2020/03/covid19/, are designed specifically for businesses in Wisconsin and Door County. These websites provide guidance for safely reopening your business, provide information on unemployment benefits and financial assistance, and answer questions like, “What is an essential business?” 
  • Destination Door County, the county’s tourism website also provides information for Door County businesses, which can be accessed here: https://www.doorcounty.com/open/.
  • Town Hall Meetings: DCMC and Door County Public Health have hosting a series of virtual town hall meetings so local business owners can ask questions and get the latest recommendations for reopening. The next town hall meeting will be held on June 17th, 2020, at 4PM central time. To join this Zoom meeting click here:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84886473407?pwd=eWR5cnhyR0xZSVN5T3hZTmQxRHRQZz09. The meeting ID is: 848 8647 3407, the password is: 378673.
  • DCMC and Door County Public Health have also created a quick-to-read flyer for local businesses that covers many of the most important guidelines for safely reopening in a single page. To download the flyer, click here: https://www.doorcounty.com/media/18006/dcmc-public-health-commitment-to-safety-flyer.pdf
Thank you to everyone for your questions! If you need more information, please visit either Door County Medical Center’s website at: https://www.dcmedical.org/, or Door County’s government website at: https://www.co.door.wi.gov/909/Coronavirus-Disease-COVID-19.

Latest News and Updates from Door County Medical Center

Online COVID-19 Screening Form Available Tuesday, October 13 (October 12, 2020)

New Process for Communicating COVID-19 Test Results (September 24, 2020)

Back to School 2020—Part II: Health Considerations When Students Return to School (September 3, 2020)

Bellin, DCMC to Host Joint COVID Testing Event on Thursday, Aug. 27th (August 18, 2020)

Back to School 2020: Health Considerations in the Age of COVID-19 (August 14, 2020)

DCMC Press Release: Door County Medical Center Continues to Exercise Caution To Protect Skilled Nursing Facility Residents From Coronavirus (June 25, 2020)

Virtual Visits for COVID-19 (June 17, 2020)

DCMC Press Release: Updated DCMC Visitor Restrictions Effective June 16, 2020 (June 16, 2020)

Door County Medical Center Announces 'Next Steps' for Medical Services (May 29, 2020)

Door County Medical Center & Door County Public Health Hold Public Health Town Hall on Wednesday, May 20th (May 11, 2020)

Virtual COVID-19 Screening Now Available at Door County Medical Center (April 22, 2020)

Door County Medical Center Hospital Visitor Restrictions (updated March 21, 2020)

DCMC Takes Further Steps to Halt Spread of COVID-19 (March 18, 2020)

Door County School Administration, Public Health and Door County Medical Center Continue to Prepare for COVID-19 (March 18, 2020)

Door County Medical Center Exercises Caution To Protect Skilled Nursing Facility Residents From Novel Coronavirus (March 12, 2020)

DCMC Press Release:  Door County Superintendents, Public Health and Door County Medical Center Partner to Prepare for Coronavirus (March 10, 2020)

DCMC Press Release:  COVID 19 Coronavirus concerns in Door County (March 6, 2020)

 
Facebook Live: COVID-19 Update - October 26, 2020
Facebook Live: Dr. Heise and Dr. Fogarty on Families with Children During COVID-19 - October 26, 2020
Dr. Jim Heise from Door County Medical Center demonstrates how to apply a mask
Renee Glesner and Beth Resch demonstrate proper hand washing technique
Donna Altepeter and Callie Krauel cover topics related mental health during social distancing - April 6, 2020

Mental Health Resources

Door County Emergency Support Coalition Mental and Emotional Support Helpline (MESH): Available 8 A.M. - 8 P.M.

Door County Department of Health and Human Services Emotional Support Hotline: (920)-746-7155 (8 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Weekdays)

DCMC Behavioral Health (for established patients): (920) 746-0510

Door County Crisis Line: (920) 746-2588

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