OSHA Safety Standards for Healthcare Facilities
On June 21, 2021, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) issued a COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). The purpose of this emergency rule is to ensure healthcare workers and patients are protected from exposure to COVID-19. The ETS requires all healthcare facilities to continue protective measures that some other facilities have been relaxing such as physical screening of individuals upon entry, social distancing, face masks, and barriers when social distancing cannot be accomplished. As a federal regulation, the ETS supercedes any state or local guidance, regulation or executive order that is less stringent or otherwise in conflict with this ETS.
Face Mask Requirements
Following OSHA requirements, face masks are required for all individuals in healthcare facilities regardless of vaccination status. If you do not have a face mask we will provide one to you upon entry to our WMed Health facilities. We must refuse entrance and service to patients who do not comply.
The COVID-19 vaccines are readily available at the local hospitals, health departments, federally-qualified health centers, pharmacies, Walmart, Meijer, and Costco. If you need to find a location near you use the COVID-19 Vaccine Finder site. WMed Health is not administering the vaccine. The Kalamazoo County Health Department is offering walk-in hours, no appointment needed. You can select which vaccine brand you would like to receive: Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson. The Kalamazoo Area Agencies on Aging is scheduling Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations for homebound individuals. Appointments can be made by calling 269.373.5239.
You can check the following sites for more information:
If you have questions about COVID-19 vaccine, watch this video provided by local medical professionals and community leaders. If you have additional questions, contact us at 269.337.4600 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention FAQs
- Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS)
- MDHHS FAQs
- U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
Current established WMed Health patients with insurance who wish to be tested must call 269.337.6577 to schedule a telephone visit with a primary care provider to get an order for the test. Our registration team will confirm the patient's insurance information and verify registration in our WMed Health MyChart system.
Once there is a doctor’s order for the test, the patient will be scheduled to come to WMed Health at 1000 Oakland Drive to a designated parking spot where the test will be collected while the patient remains in their car.
Patients will need to bring their driver’s license or personal identification when they come for testing. Test results are available within three to five business days, and sometimes longer due to increased testing demand. Patients will be contacted with their test results as soon as they are available.
Non-WMed patients should check the State of Michigan coronavirus testing site to find a testing location nearby.
- About Your COVID-19 Test Results
Thank you for coming to WMed Health for your COVID-19 testing. Your doctor has ordered a virus detection test, using polymerase chain reaction (PCR), by obtaining a nasal swab to determine if you are currently infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
- This is not a rapid test.
- We send your test to a laboratory in Grand Rapids or Kalamazoo to be processed.
- Results take between 3 to 5 business days, and possibly longer because of holidays.
- You will receive a call from us as soon your results are available. They are also posted in the Test Results section of your WMed MyChart. Refer to the Patient MyChart Activation instructions to active your account.
- If you have not heard from us after the 5th business day, please call us at 269-337-6577, press option 2.
- While You Are Waiting for Your Test Result
Stay home, isolate yourself, and monitor your health. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and can include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Nausea or vomiting
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Muscle or body ache
- If You Test Positive for COVID-19
Take immediate next steps to help stop the spread. Continue to stay home, isolate yourself, and monitor your health.
- Stay home except to get medical care.
- Stay away from everyone else in your household (stay in a separate room, use separate bathroom, if possible, etc.)
- Let your employer know you have COVID-19.
- Notify your close contacts so they can start to quarantine themselves and be tested. Give them the quarantine instructions.
- Close contacts = those who were within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes total in a 24-hour period, when the person who tested positive was contagious.
- If a close contact has been fully vaccinated (2 weeks or more has passed since completing the single dose or two dose series) and does not have symptoms since the exposure that person does not need to quarantine but testing is required 3-5 days after exposure and the individual must wear a face mask in public for 14 days or until a negative test result is received.
- Contagious = starts 2 days before symptoms appear (or 2 days before positive test, if you have no symptoms), through the end of the isolation period.
- You can resume normal activities when:
- 10 days have passed since symptoms started (or the test date if you have no symptoms), and
- You are fever-free for 24 hours without use of medications, and
- Your symptoms have improved.
Close Contact Quarantine Instructions
- Start quarantining right away if you are told you are a close contact.
- Stay home except to get medical care.
- Limit interactions with others, even in your own home.
- Close contacts of a positive case (<6 feet, 15+ minutes total) need to quarantine for 10 days from the date of their last contact to the COVID+ person while they are considered contagious.
- If you develop symptoms at any time, including during or after a quarantine period, you should get tested even if you have tested negative previously.
We Care About Your Health and Safety
WMed Health, the clinical practice of the medical school, is readily available, prepared and responsive to meet the needs of our patients. We are focused on the safety of our patients and our care team. We are open and available to meet your healthcare needs. We understand the fear and uncertainty you may be feeling about coming into a doctor’s office. Your health and safety are our top priority.
In-Person Visits: We offer in-person visits for our patients who request them or need to be seen by their provider.
Telehealth: We have telehealth with video and telephone options. Contact us to schedule your next visit. We will review your chart to determine the best type of appointment for you and your health situation. Click here to learn more about telehealth.
COVID-19 Testing: If you or a family member want to get tested for COVID-19, schedule a telephone visit with one of our doctors. After the visit, we will schedule you to come to our Oakland Drive facility for a drive-up test from your car.
Enhanced Safety Guidelines: Your safety is our top priority. We have made some changes to protect you and to prevent the spread of infection. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our protocols for your safety.
Front Entrance Screening and Face Masks Provided: A screener at the front entrance will ask you questions about your health status, take your temperature, and provide you with a surgical face mask to wear at all times. Wearing a face mask in a healthcare setting is required by MIOSHA. We must refuse entry and service if you do not comply. We have a separate, dedicated entrance and exam room for patients suspected of having COVID-19.
Limited Visitors: We are limiting the number of visitors who can come to your appointment with you. Unless you need assistance, adult patients should come alone. Our pediatric patients are permitted one parent or guardian.
Personal Protective Equipment: Our providers and staff wear surgical masks at all times. During direct patient care they will also wear a face shield or goggles. You may also see them wearing additional personal protective equipment like gloves, gowns, N95 masks or other equipment to keep you safe and to limit their exposure to infectious diseases.
Waiting Room Precautions: Plexiglass shields are in place at our registration desks. Please keep 6 feet of social distancing between individuals. We have signage to remind you and our waiting rooms are set up accordingly. There are also separate areas for sick and well patients.
Comprehensive Cleaning: Our facilities team deep cleans our buildings often and cleans and disinfects high-touch areas. Hand sanitizer dispensers are readily available. You are encouraged to sanitize your hands often, especially when you arrive and before you leave.
Please call us at 269.337.4600 to schedule your next appointment or if you have questions about your care.
- What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new coronavirus, which has not been previously identified in humans. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses found in both animals and humans.
- How is COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 appears to spread most easily through close contact with an infected person. When someone who has COVID-19 coughs or sneezes, small droplets are released and, if you are too close, you can breathe in the virus.
- What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
In most cases, COVID-19 causes mild symptoms, including cough and fever. It can be more severe for some people and can lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties. In some cases, infection can lead to death. Symptoms 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, and diarrhea.
- Who is at most risk for COVID-19?
Some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
- Older adults
- People who have serious or chronic medical conditions like:
- Heart disease
- Lung Disease
- How is COVID-19 treated?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
- If you develop a mild illness, with fever, runny nose or cough, you can use over the counter medications like Tylenol and Motrin for symptomatic relief.
- If you have more severe symptoms or worsening symptoms, like difficulty breathing, chest pain or pressure, confusion, inability to arouse or bluish discoloration of the face or lips, seek care at a local emergency department immediately.
- How can I protect myself from getting COVID-19?
Wash your hands frequently
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Why? Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings.
Maintain social distancing and wear a face mask in public
Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people and wear a face mask in public. It is the law in Michigan.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you and the people around you follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash and washing your hands.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
- I think I have COVID-19. What should I do?
Stay home if you have mild symptoms
Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover. Call and inform your healthcare provider. He or she can tell you if you need to get tested and how you can get tested.
Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
Before you seek care, call WMed Health at 269.337.4600, the Family Health Center at 269.349.2641 (ask for the Team Oakland nurse), WMed Health - Mall Drive Portage at 269.327.1900, or WMed Health Psychiatry at 269.337.6373. Tell us about your symptoms, or if you think you need to be evaluated for COVID-19.
Why? Testing for COVID-19 is not available everywhere. We can tell you if you need to get tested and how you can get tested.
Wear a face mask
When in public, wear a face mask over your nose and mouth. It is the law in Michigan.
When to seek immediate care
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to be woken up by others
- Bluish lips or face
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Updated: July 9, 2021