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Information on COVID-19

Osceola Medical Center cares for your health as well as the health of our community. With the recent number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases increasing, it is important to share information on this virus.


COVID-19 Assessment         

COVID-19 Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 may appear two to 14 days after exposure and can include the following.

  • Fever Cough (new onset or worsening of chronic cough)
  • Sore Throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Runny nose
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of smell
  • Loss of taste

It is important to note that COVID-19 symptoms are similar to other illnesses like influenza, having these symptoms does not mean you have COVID-19.

If you think you have COVID-19

Take these steps:

  1. Self-quarantine and treat symptoms at home.
  2. Monitor your symptoms. If you need to see a healthcare provider, call Osceola Medical Center at 715-294-2111 before arriving. You will be advised what to do next.


Frequently Asked Questions

How does it spread?

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has good information available on their website, click for more information.

How can I protect myself and my family?

OMC's Family Medicine Provider, Rochelle Samarasekera, DO, explains the five things you can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.

OMC's Family Medicine Provider, Jennifer Belisle, MD, explains that the best way to protect yourself is washing your hands.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has good information available on their website, click for more information.

What should I do if I am sick?

OMC's Family Medicine Provider, Natalia Cropper, FNP, explains how to treat COVID-19 and when to seek medical care.

For more information, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services has good information available on their website, click for more information.

Is it safe to visit the OMC or Scandia Clinic?

Patient care is our number one priority. If you have an appointment scheduled in one of our clinics or plan to attend our walk-in clinic for your health needs, please plan to keep your appointment as scheduled. Our clinics are taking steps to avoid the spread of COVID-19 and are prepared to help everyone receive the care they need. Below are a few changes we've made to our services.

With Virtual Visits, you can now get the hometown care you trust at OMC from the comforts of your home computer, phone or mobile device. Virtual visits, either video or phone, are just a call and click away for clinic and specialty clinic. Learn more about virtual visits (include hyperlink). To help keep our patients safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, we will be using video and phone visits whenever possible to meet your healthcare needs. If you receive a prescription at the end of your virtual visit, it can be sent directly to a pharmacy most convenient for you. Your provider will help to determine when an in-person visit would be best. Our virtual visits are safe, fast, affordable and convenient. To schedule your next visit, call us at 715-294-2111 today.

With Curb-Side Pick-Up, our Clinic Pharmacy brings ordered prescriptions out to your car when you arrive. From phone to car, the Clinic Pharmacy is just one call away. Call 715-294-4050 today! For all transferred prescriptions to the Clinic Pharmacy, get 20% off your first order.

Updated hours for in-clinic visits

As part of our infection control efforts around COVID-19, we’ve temporarily reduced the hours at Osceola Clinic and Walk-In Clinic, as well as the Osceola Clinic Pharmacy. In addition, our Scandia Clinic has temporarily suspended services, with intentions of reopening to preventive care visits in the near future. To get the latest, most up-to-date hours for your clinic, please visit MyOMC.org/hours or ScandiaClinic.com or call 715-294-2111.

Updated Visitor Guidelines

Everyone will be screened before entering our facility for respiratory symptoms and must wear a mask or face covering when inside. OMC has a limited supply of cloth coverings, so please bring your own if possible. To plan for your next visit at OMC, please read the updated visitor guidelines.

I think that I have been exposed to the virus, what should I do?

Remain calm. If you have been exposed or have the above symptoms and you think that you have COVID-19, the CDC recommends self-quarantine and treat symptoms at home. If you have questions, contact Polk County Department of Health at 715-485-8400. If you need to see your health care provider, please call Osceola Medical Center at 715-294-2111 before coming in. We will discuss your symptoms with you and provide you with information prior to your arrival.


Prevention

OMC's Family Medicine Provider, Rochelle Samarasekera, DO, explains the five things you can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.

OMC's Family Medicine Provider, Jennifer Belisle, MD, explains that the best way to protect yourself is washing your hands.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following precautions for avoiding respiratory viruses.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating and after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • If you do not have soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe

Grocery Shopping Tips

Wisconsin Department of Health just released tips for staying safe while shopping.
Shopping tips from WDH

Staying Safe Tips

Wisconsin Department of Health just released tips for staying safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Shopping tips from WDH

For media inquiries, contact OMC’s public information officer at 715-294-2111.

Treating COVID-19 at Home: Tips from Natalia Cropper, FNP

With the coronavirus outbreak, Natalia Cropper, FNP, of Osceola Medical Center explains how to treat COVID-19 and when to seek medical care.

For more information on treating COVID-19, visit the CDC's website.

Learn more about Natalia

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