Covid-19 Resources for NCHC Employees

Employee Covid page


NCHC Employees: If you are experiencing any signs of illness, please DO NOT come to work. Contact your supervisor or manager immediately. You do not have to contact Employee Health as your supervisor/manager will complete all the necessary communication through SafetyZone. You will receive instructions on the course of action to take based on your individual circumstances as they align with our current policies.

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Employee Covid-19 Vaccination Mandate Information

UPDATE: 01/31/22
Effective January 15, 2022:
On January 14, 2022, U.S. Federal Courts ruled to enforce the Federal emergency regulation requiring Covid-19 Vaccinations for all health care workers at facilities that participate in the Medicare/Medicaid programs.

All NCHC employees and contract staff members need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive a valid medical or religious exemption.

The Incident Command Team has established a policy specific to Covid-19 Vaccination Program that meets these federal requirements (Please see below). The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing infection and severe illness from COVID-19. Vaccination is encouraged as the best option for mandate compliance.

If you have any questions or would like further clarification on the ruling, please email NCHCVaccineExemptions@norcen.org and a member of the team will reach out.

Links to Vaccination Mandate Documents:

Full Notice to All Staff
Covid-19 Vaccination Policy
Medical Exemption Request Form
Religious Accommodation Request Form


Covid-19 Vaccination & Influenza Clinics for NCHC Employees

NCHC Staff should receive the Covid-19 Vaccine 1st or 2nd Dose or their Booster at vaccination locations and clinics in the community. Please consult your NCHC email for available dates and locations for the bivalent Booster, available at NCHC Vaccination Clinics on-site in October and November. Sign-Up form is available online at https://forms.gle/ZUoKPxZHsArvgdT69

When the NCHC Vaccinations Clinic dates are completed, staff will be required to get their Covid-19 vaccine out in the community or with their primary care provider.

Covid-19 vaccines are due now to continue working. Influenza vaccine completion or declination forms are due before December 2, 2022.

If you have any questions please contact your manager directly, Infection Prevention, or Employee Health 715.848.4396.


FREE Covid-19 Vaccination Opportunities

Vaccine Clinics Near Me:

Find a Covid-19 Vaccine (First, Second & Boosters) Near you: https://www.vaccines.gov/

View booster dose information: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-dose.htm

Call 1-844-684-1064 or visit https://vaccinate.wi.gov to confirm availability. Enter lot off Campus Drive. Follow the signs. The clinic has ALL approved vaccines and booster doses available (Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen). Minors under 18 years of age do require parental consent to receive the vaccine. All vaccine doses available!

These are other local locations and clinics offering vaccines.

Ascension - To schedule an appointment, individuals may use this link: Ascension Appointment System. The website self-schedule is open to the public for those age 18 and older. For patients aged 16-17, individuals are asked to schedule directly through an Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin provider.

Aspirus - Register online at aspirus.org/vaccine to request a call back for an appointment. Or you can call 1-844-568-0701 or 715-843-1454 to register or for help (press option #1) in filling out the online form. Hours for the COVID-19 Call Center are Monday-Friday from 7am-7pm and Saturday-Sunday from 8am-5pm.

Bridge Community Health Clinic - Available Thursdays and Fridays at the Wausau Clinic location (1810 N 2nd Street, Wausau WI 54403). Individuals can call 715-848-4884 with questions or to set up an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome. No insurance documentation needed. Multi-lingual staff available. Vaccines are offered every Thursday and Friday between 8am-4pm. Able to administer 2nd doses of Moderna if you received your 1st dose elsewhere.

County Market Pharmacy - 220 S 18th Ave; Register online at www.healthmart.com. Walk-ins welcome, but if you want to schedule, please call 715-842-3541.

CVS - Visit the CVS immunizations website.

Marshfield Clinic Health System - Register online at https://www.marshfieldclinic.org/specialties/infectious-diseases/covid-19-vaccine to request a call back for an appointment. Or you can call 877-998-0880 to register or for help in filling out the online form.

Pick n Save Pharmacy - Register online at https://www.kroger.com/rx/covid-eligibility or call 1-866-211-5320 to schedule an appointment.

Sam’s Club Pharmacy - Call 715-355-0161 to schedule an appointment.

Veterans - For all veterans, along with their spouses & caregivers, the VA is currently taking appointments for the COVID-19 vaccination. Please call 1-800-872-8662 ext. 66274 to schedule an appointment.

Walgreens - Register online at https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19 or call your local pharmacy (press option #1) to schedule an appointment.

Walmart - Visit the Walmart website to schedule an appointment or call your local Walmart pharmacy.

Young’s Pharmacy - Call your local pharmacy to schedule an appointment. For locations visit https://youngsdrugstore.com/.


Employee N95 Fit Testing

For staff in Community Living, Long Term Care, BHS Acute, Housekeeping, and Security programs at NCHC, you may be required to use a N95 mask. Proper use of N95 masks requires fit-testing to ensure the best possible fit for your face. Before wearing a N95 mask, you need to ensure you are fitted with the proper size.

If you have not been fit-tested for a N95 mask and it is required for your position, please contact Learning & Development:
Cagney Martin CMartin@norcen.org 715.848.4482


PPE Updates: Effective 2/11/22


Is It Covid-19?

Know the symptoms of Covid-19. The only way to know is to get tested. If you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, contact your supervisor or manager. Managers will complete a SafetyZone employee submission and Employee Health will follow up with you as needed. (Click the image to view the poster larger)

Employee Drive-thru Testing for Nursing Home & Direct Care Employees Who Are Experiencing Symptoms*

Monday – Friday Employee Testing Locations

Mount View Staff
MV Main Entrance. Remain in Vehicle. Call Connie 715.432.4257 for appt. M-F.

Pine Crest Staff
9 am or by appt. at Pine Crest Main Entrance. Remain in Vehicle. Call Destiny 715.539.2552 for appt. M-F.

*Please note, the above testing schedule is not for routine testing required for nursing home employees.


Current Operational Status and Employee Case Reports

For current general program operational status, please visit the Covid-19 Resources & Information Page created for the public.

For more specific information regarding precautions, employees case reports and guidelines, please check your NCHC Weekly Covid-19 Status Report sent to employee emails and on the NCHC Employee Communications Group on Facebook.


Covid-19 At-Home Test Kits for Employees

The information below is being shared with you and your family so that you have access to the latest information regarding availability and coverage of at-home test kits should you choose to use them.

1. Free At-Home Test Kits Are Now Being Offered by State of Wisconsin

All Wisconsinites can get 5 free at-home test kits EACH MONTH by visiting the link below. The 1st day of each month, you can reorder more:
https://sayyescovidhometest.org/

2. NCHC Health Plan Now Covers "Over the Counter At-Home Test Kits"

On January 10, 2022, new guidance was announced that require group health insurance plans and insurers to cover the cost of over the counter (OTC), at home COVID‐19 tests beginning on January 15, 2022. So if you are covered under the NCHC Health Plan, these at-home test kits will be covered by your insurance. Please review Aspirus documentation and Navitus documentation that outlines limits and reimbursement for at-home test kits that you may have purchased after January 15, 2022.


Covid-19 Related Questions?SUBMIT A QUESTION

Visitors: Face Masks and Face Coverings

What to Do if a Visitor Does Not Want to Comply

EAP Resources During Covid-19 Pandemic

Video Links and Mental Health Resources for NCHC Employees


Family Resources

Looking for Childcare?

Click here for a database of providers who are looking to assist essential healthcare workers. Employees are responsible to vetting and making all arrangements with childcare providers.

NCHC Employee Childcare Connection on Facebook

This is a private Facebook group for employees only for seeking and provide childcare. Have a babysitter at home, offer their babysitting services. Looking for childcare, post your needs! Visit the NCHC Employee Childcare Connection.

Covid-19 Related Questions?SUBMIT A QUESTION