LISTEN to the Weekly area COVID-19 video update by area leaders, for Monday, February 22, 2021 (click here)
The COVID VACCINE has arrived in the state and community. Current information to register for the vaccine, as instructed by the state and health department.
Register for the COVID-19 Vaccine: Go to vaccinate.ne.gov
- Fill out a short questionnaire.
- You will receive an email confirming your registration if you provide an email address.
- When you are selected in the phase you are eligible for, you will receive an email with instructions on how to schedule your vaccination. If you don’t have an email address but enter a phone number, you will be contacted by either text or phone call.
Please continue to avoid the 3Cs – Crowded places, Close contact with others, and Confined spaces – every time you’re away from home – be #BigRedResponsible, by wearing a mask. Working together to make Nebraska safe.
If you need assistance you can still call the SEDHD at 402-274-3993 and select extension 105, 109, or 110 and someone will help you complete the forms, or call CMC at 402-245-6599.
This is only for those that meet the criteria, above 65+ and those with pre-existing, high risk medical conditions, right now.
Patients that have called into CMC or Falls City Family Practice to sign up, do not need to sign up again. We already have your name on the vaccine list and will be contacted when doses are available. Community Medical Center continues to administer the vaccine by the directions set forth by the state and health department.
Please note: CMC will keep our community informed with up to date information. Thank you for your patience.
Community Medical Center is a TEST NEBRASKA site. Weekly testing every Thursday, 8 – 9 a.m. You must pre-register at TestNebraska.com. Patients can also get a Rapid Test or PCR Test through your healthcare provider’s orders.
Additional Questions – Contact CMC Administration 402-245-6503
COVID-19 GUIDELINES IN EFFECT, Community Medical Center in Falls City has enforced visitor guidelines to minimize the spread of respiratory illness, including coronavirus. These measures are to protect the health of our patients, their loved ones and our medical staff.
- No visitors for non-minor patients with potentially contagious respiratory illness, including confirmed or suspected COVID.
- One person may be designated as a support person to visit an admitted patient during a non-respiratory admission. Support persons will be identified at the start of a stay and must be over the age of 18, in good health, be screened daily and agree to practice safe protocol standards and hospital policy.
- Minor patients will be allowed one parent or guardian. They must agree to be screened and abide by hospital policy.
- Persons receiving outpatient surgeries (deemed essential by patient’s provider) will be allowed one support person.
- Emergency patients may be accompanied by a support person, if it is deemed safe by emergency practitioner or personnel.
- For other services, i.e.; specialty clinic, physical therapy, cardiac, imaging, lab; patients should come by themselves unless they require a support person.
Special circumstances for exceptions to the visitation policy may be considered as appropriate. We are also happy to facilitate electronic, telephone and video communication with patients who are able. Ministerial visits by healthy members of the hospital’s clergy program do not count as visitors under these restrictions.
We thank patients and public for your support.
Phone numbers for your convenience
Emergency – Dial 911
Community Medical Center – Falls City – 402-245-2428
Family Medicine Clinic – Falls City 402-245-4475.
Family Medicine – Humboldt 402-862-3280
Family Practice Clinic – Falls City 402-245-3232
Southeast District Health Department 1-877-777-0424
Important websites for vital information
Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Department of Health and Human Services: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/default.aspx
John Hopkins University: https://hub.jhu.edu/novel-coronavirus-information/
Southeast District Health Department: https://www.sedhd.org/
A Note about Testing for COVID-19:
From; Ryan Larsen, CEO
Centralized COVID-19 testing for hospital outpatients began Wednesday, April 15th. Testing requires a valid practitioner order and is available for scheduled patients, not walk-ins. Testing is done for symptomatic patients who are hospitalized or who are in at-risk populations of who are health care workers or emergency responders.
- COVID-19 testing is available. Please text 402-245-6522. Alternatively, you may call 402-245-6736 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The phone and texting line will have a live person available 8-4 Monday through Friday. If after hours, please leave your full name, your date of birth, your telephone number, the name of your doctor and your reason for concern. We are experiencing a large volume of calls at Family Medicine regarding COVID-19, which makes it difficult for patients to call in and schedule other office appointments. Please use the above numbers for texting (preferred) or calling if your question is specific to COVID-19 and not an emergency.
- For questions about Covid-19, your potential exposure, and what you should do, please call your primary care office or the Nebraska DHHS Covid-19 Information Line at (402)-552-6645 (8AM to 8PM 7 days a week).
- If you believe you are having a health emergency and need emergency medical treatment, please call 9-1-1 or seek help at the hospital emergency department
COVID-19 -most current information:
FROM: FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC PROVIDERS AND STAFF
We want to assure you that our staff continues to work diligently to keep our patients, staff and community safe from COVID-19. But we also need everyone to work together to help control the spread.
- If you believe you are having symptoms of COVID-19, please CALL the clinic so we can speak with you and help determine the appropriate next steps for your care. Please DO NOT present to the clinic unless you are directed to do so, as this puts other patients and providers at risk.
- We are following the CDC recommendations for testing patients.
- There is currently no approved treatment for COVID-19. For mild to moderate respiratory symptoms, the best thing you can do to help protect others is to stay at home and treat the symptoms. You should isolate yourself until you have been fever-free for at least 72 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications) and you are no longer experiencing respiratory symptoms and at least 7 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared.
- We understand that patients are still going to need medical care for non-respiratory related illnesses during this time as well, and we are available to meet these needs. However, we ask that patients consider the urgency of their medical need. Many chronic care follow up appointments may be able to be rescheduled, and mild illnesses/symptoms managed over the phone. We are also able to offer some telehealth appointments. Call the clinic for information; 402.245.4475.
- In order to continue to safely provide necessary medical care for all of our patients, we will have a staff member posted at the entrance to the clinic to screen all patients upon their arrival. If you should require an additional person to accompany you to an appointment, we ask that this be limited to 1 immediate family member or caregiver.
- We have adapted our daily clinic schedules to maximize the safety of our patients and continue to provide timely medical care. Please see earlier post regarding these changes.
- We strongly encourage you to follow the current recommendations regarding the control of spreading COVID-19. Wear a mask, social distance, limiting travel, frequent handwashing, etc.
We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty, anxiety and fear surrounding the COVID-19. We will continue to keep you updated of any further changes or information as it becomes available. Please feel free to call the clinic with any questions or concerns. 402-245-4475, Option #1.
FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC
PROACTIVE MEASURES TO STOP COVID-19
- Sick appointments will be made in the morning, well visits in the afternoon. We will be cleaning the clinic before the well patients arrive. We have reserved 2 rooms for well patients during the entire day if needed for minor emergent procedures.
- If you have any health concerns please call and ask to speak to a nurse.
- CDL & DOT exams will be scheduled in the afternoon.
- Lab appointments will be from 7:00 am-8:30am.
- When calling for an appointment you may be transferred to a nurse and asked more specific questions related to your symptoms.
- When you schedule an appointment please have your insurance and demographic information ready. We will be asking you this information over the phone so you will not have to stop at the front receptionist area upon arriving for your appointment.
- We are asking each patient to only bring one additional family member or friend with them to their appointment, only if necessary.
- Beginning Monday, March 23rd, we will be screening all patients, visitors, vendors, contractors and guests prior to entering the facility. This screening is comprised of a brief survey and temperature check. If you have an appointment please arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled time.
We want to keep all of our patients safe and healthy!
If you have any questions please call our office at 402-245-4475, option #1.
If you would like more information on what you can do to prevent or protect yourself and family members please visit the CDC website.