Mile Bluff following specific criteria for COVID-19 testing

We understand the desire for more COVID-19 testing in our community and in the state. If we could test more people, we would, however, across the country testing supplies and capacities are limited. This situation is not unique to our area.

As with all Wisconsin hospitals, we are following the very specific criteria and state mandated guidelines for prioritized testing. Testing is not based on the importance of a person, but rather on the impact a positive COVID-19 test would have on groups of people.

Although confirmation one or the other may provide peace of mind, it is not needed to follow recommendations for managing your illness. Here is what you should do if you suspect you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Connect with your healthcare provider by calling the clinic office
  • Stay at home
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean and sanitize your home
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Wear a facemask if you need to be around other people
  • Self-monitor your symptoms – check your temperature twice a day, watch for worsening cough or difficulty breathing

Due to the very specific testing criteria, we know there are, and will be, people in our community who are positive for COVID-19 that will not be tested because they do not fit the testing criteria.

We understand that testing seems like the easiest solution for stopping the spread of COVID-19, however, there are steps that you can take to help “flatten the curve.”

  • Practice physical distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from other people whenever possible.
  • Stay at home as much as possible. Cancel events and avoid groups.
  • Keep your circle of contacts small. Try to not be in physical contact with more than five people in total.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay hope when you are sick and call your doctor before going in for medical care.
  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Clean frequently touches surfaces and objects daily
  • Wear a face mask in public.

Your actions will help keep you and those around you safe.

If the recommendations change and if testing abilities increase, we will let the public know. Until then, thank you for your patience and for following "Safer at Home" recommendations.

Thank you for doing your part. We’re all in this together.