Stillwater Billings Clinic collaborating with regional partners to respond to growing number of COVID-19 cases

Thursday, April 9, 2020
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As the number of COVID-19 cases rise in our state, Stillwater Billings Clinic is collaborating on a daily basis with health care facilities around the region to share expertise and prepare for an increase of patients requiring a high level of care.

Together with regional partners and public health, they are closely monitoring the number of patients with COVID-19 in their community as well as those who have tests pending.

As a regional system, rural health care organizations are working in tandem along with Billings Clinic in the event that one community gets an influx of patients, so they can seamlessly share resources and move patients to another facility in some cases. This collaboration will help ensure patients in rural areas get the level of care they need.

“We have been preparing, learning, training, and partnering with local county and state authorities along with Billings Clinic to combat this disease,” said Stillwater Billings Clinic CEO Dave Ryerse. “Our caregivers have been working tirelessly, diligently, and thoughtfully in devising systems to help us serve our patients to the best of our abilities.”

To help support social distancing, Stillwater Billings Clinic is also offering Telehealth appointments when appropriate for primary and outreach specialty care.

Everyone can continue to do their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by social distancing per Gov. Steve Bullock’s Stay at Home Order.

Additional prevention measures include:

•Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

•Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or coughing into your elbow.

•Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth.

•Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly, including countertops and sinks.

Stillwater Billings Clinic is available to answer any questions and can be reached at 322-1000. The following are guidelines to follow for seeking care for respiratory illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath):

•If you are sick and have mild symptoms, stay home and self-isolate.

•If you are sick enough that you would normally go to the doctor, call ahead for instructions.

•If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.

•To avoid spreading respiratory illnesses, please do not show up at your doctor’s office without calling in advance for instructions.

•If you are coming for your scheduled appointment, we ask that you please refrain from bringing extra friends, family or children.

Not everyone who is showing these symptoms needs to be tested for COVID-19.

Guest and visitor restrictions to the health care facility are also temporarily in place.

In this time of crisis, it is essential that health care organizations work together and that the public follows public health recommendations to slow the spread.