Sanford Sheldon staff temperature check

Shellie Ver Steeg, a patient access representative at Sanford Sheldon Medical Center, takes the temperature of certified nurse practitioner Amy Waterman before she reports to work. All employees at the facility have their temperatures taken before beginning their shifts.

SHELDON—As businesses begin to reopen, Sanford Sheldon Medical Center senior director Rick Nordahl has a message for residents: Wear a face mask while in public.

“The biggest thing that we can reinforce from a health-care delivery system is that we continue to mask in public so that we can control the spread of the virus,” Nordahl said.

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced last Wednesday that summer school activities, such as baseball and softball, could resume on June 1. Meanwhile, movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, museums and wedding reception venues were permitted to reopen with appropriate public health measures in place Friday, May 22.

Health-care facilities were also able to resume services earlier this month that had been held off because of the pandemic. Nordahl explained services included preventive procedures such as colonoscopies and mammograms.

“There’s a lot of activity now people are happy to get out of the house, do some of that preventive screening,” Nordahl said. “So the clinic volumes are picking up, the hospital volumes are picking up as far as colonoscopies and elective surgeries and mammograms. All those things are starting to ramp up again.”

Wearing masks inside Sanford Sheldon is mandatory for everybody who enters the facility. They also are screened for symptoms according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines.

Sanford Health eased its visitor restrictions to allow one adult visitor per patient. Visitors, like everyone else who walks through the doors, must be screened for symptoms and wear a mask. The nursing home at Sanford Sheldon, however, remains closed to visitors.

Staff have their temperatures checked before starting their shifts, no matter what their role is at the facility.

Other safety measures have been put in place for staff and visitor protection, such as a plastic glass barrier set up at the registration desk and a 6-foot line marker visitors must stand behind while speaking to the person at the desk.

Nordahl encouraged people in the community to be vigilant about social distancing and washing their hands frequently.

“We need to be cautious and can’t really be lax on our social distancing and hygiene standards because that will then show an uptick in cases,” he said.