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Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin’s Latest COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Policy

This information is current as of November 2nd at 9 A.M.

Earlier this year, Governor Tony Evers declared a public health emergency in Wisconsin due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. To help do our part in limiting the spread of this infectious virus, the Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin is implementing several health and safety policies for both patients and our employees. These rules will go into effect immediately and will remain in place until further notice.

Signs will be posted at the entrance to our building to inform everyone of our new policy, and we’ll be updating this web page throughout the next few weeks as any policies change. Below, we’ve outlined our policy both patients and employees:

Patients & Visitors

To help limit the spread of coronavirus, we ask that you do not enter the building if you answer YES to any of these questions:

  • Did you receive a positive COVID test within the past 10 days?
  • Did you recently get tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results?
  • Are you currently isolating or quarantining because you have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, or worried you may be sick?
  • Within the past 10 days, have you been in close contact or (6 feet or closer for at least 15 minutes without wearing a mask) with a person known to have recently tested positive for COVID-19?
  • Have you had the onset of any of the following symptoms within the past 48 hours?
    • High fever or chills
    • Persistent cough
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting
    • Persistent headache
    • Significant congestion

*Note that this list is not all inclusive of possible COVID-19 symptoms. 

If any of the above instances apply to you, please return to your car and contact us to reschedule your appointment. If you have any symptoms listed above that are severe and you’re worried about your health and safety, call 911 immediately or go to your local emergency room.

We’re also asking patients to follow several procedures once inside the building:

  • Only ONE adult guest is permitted with you
  • Maintain a safe 6-foot distance between you and others waiting in line in the lobby
  • Everyone is required to wear a mask at all times. We will provide a mask if needed.
  • Sanitize your hands before and after your office visit or test procedure
  • If you prefer to wait in your car, please provide us your cell phone number so we can alert you when your appointment is ready

Regarding visitors, we encourage patients to limit attending family members to one person per visit (age 18+).

For any non-patient visitors (i.e., vendors), please call or email us instead of making an on-site visit.

Employees

All employees at the Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin have been updated on the latest CDC guidance on infection prevention measures for health care workers. Likewise, all employees are subject to the same restrictions from entering the building listed above, and have been instructed to stay home if not feeling well or displaying any symptoms of coronavirus. In addition, all Heart and Vascular Institute employees are required to wear a protective mask while working, and we have also added several protective plastic barriers at our front desk to help limit the spread of germs.

We’ve also dramatically increased the cleaning and disinfecting done in our testing and evaluation rooms, public spaces, and employee work areas to minimize any potential spreading of the virus.

Additional Resources

Information about the virus is changing every day, and it’s important that you stay up-to-date. Use the links below if you have any additional questions:

Let’s all do our part to help limit spread!

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ABOUT HEART AND VASCULAR INSTITUTE OF WISCONSIN
With roots in Appleton since 1968, the physicians and providers of the Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin deliver compassionate care at six locations throughout eastern Wisconsin by using advanced and innovative technologies to provide patients with state-of-the-art treatments.

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