The Door County Medical Center has conducted its first tests for infection from the coronavirus, with the results coming back negative. Multiple individuals complaining of respiratory illness were treated at the Sturgeon Bay campus’s outpatient facilities. As a precautionary measure, the hospital, along with partners at the Door County Public Health Department and the State Department of Health, decided to test for COVID-19. The hospital is engaging the public to allay any fears that exist. That will include a press conference on Monday afternoon focusing on how local and state agencies are cooperating to tackle the threat. Best practices will be reiterated, including proper handwashing techniques.
Press release issued by DCMC March 6, 2020
Door County Medical Center (DCMC) Sturgeon Bay campus recently treated outpatient individuals for a respiratory condition who subsequently tested negative for the Coronavirus. Due to concerns expressed among our community members and partners, and as the leader in the health and wellbeing of our residents, DCMC feels it is important to share the following information:
DCMC is working very closely with Door County Public Health and the State Department of Health to stay at the forefront of the latest developments with Coronavirus. DCMC has a robust infection control process and team, and stands ready to treat members of our community in the event someone becomes seriously ill with the Coronavirus. 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.
Currently the best advice is to continue to wash your hands with soap and water, and cover your cough should you have one. Individuals at greater risk due to underlying illness or immunocompromised status should consult with their healthcare provider if they have additional questions. DCMC recommends that if you are experiencing symptoms of cough, fever or body aches that are mild, please stay home, rest and maintain good fluid intake. This will help avoid potential further spread of viruses. If your symptoms are more severe, please call ahead to your Clinician’s office.