UPDATE – Subject: CMC COVID Weekly Update 9/24/21, From Ryan Larsen, CMC, CEO
Statewide, I had been watching what I thought were a slowing of COVID numbers, but COVID hospitalizations jumped 11% last week, after going up 3% the week before. Most of the increase seems to be away from Lincoln and Omaha, however. COVID patients are accounting for just over 10% of all admitted patients in the state right now and 29% of ICU patients. Local activity remains lower than in surrounding areas and cities.
Watching the vaccine booster discussions has been a bit interesting. Earlier today, the CDC announced its official guidelines for Pfizer Boosters. The following has been cut and pasted directly from the CDC’s website press release:
- people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings shouldreceive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
- people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditionsshould receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
- people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditionsmay receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
- people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting mayreceive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.
Many of the people who are now eligible to receive a booster shot received their initial vaccine early in the vaccination program and will benefit from additional protection. With the Delta variant’s dominance as the circulating strain and cases of COVID-19 increasing significantly across the United States, a booster shot will help strengthen protection against severe disease in those populations who are at high-risk for exposure to COVID-19 or the complications from severe disease.”
- The 4th bullet, which authorizes boosters for those in high risk jobs (including health care workers and teachers) was a change from Thursday’s vote by the CDC advisory committee, which had not included high risk jobs. The guidelines do not necessarily recommend boosters for health workers at this time, but they permit them for health workers that qualify and want one.
- If you have questions about boosters, please discuss them with your primary care practitioner. Signing up for boosters should still be done through vaccinate.ne.gov or 402-245-6547.
We are still allowing up to two visitors at a time for non-isolated inpatients. For outpatient and clinic visits, we are asking patients at the time of visit to limit themselves to one accompanying person. The outpatient visitor limit is considered voluntary. Though most follow it, we realize some patients will have more than one person with them.
Need information about the COVID-19 vaccination and booster? Click on either picture to go to the Nebraska DHHS Vaccine website. You can also call locally, 402-245-6547. Please leave your name and daytime phone number where you can be reached.
The COVID-19 booster is currently for immunocompromised individuals only. This information as of 9-20-2021 and is subject to change.
The impact of the Delta variant is real. Dr. James Linder, CEO of Nebraska Medicine sent out a message letting us know that the Omaha Metro is near capacity. We’ve already been told that some of our other tertiary centers in other cities are full. Dr. Linder asked the rural CEOs to watch this video from Louisiana. Click on this link: Delta variant This is what is getting close to happening in Nebraska.
The Weekly area COVID-19 video updates by area leaders have discontinued. If an increase in COVID cases arises in the community, CMC will communicate guidelines and current information.
COVID VACCINES continue to be administered at CMC. Current information to register, vaccinate.ne.gov or call SEDHD 402.274.3993, or Family Medicine Clinic 402.245.6295. Individuals 12 years and older, that want the vaccine are encouraged to register for the vaccine. Those individuals, age 18 and under must have a parent/guardian with them and sign the consent form.
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.
Additional Questions – Contact CMC Administration 402-245-6503
COVID-19 GUIDELINES, Community Medical Center in Falls City continues to limit visitors 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.
- Two visitors for an admitted patient during a non-respiratory admission.
- 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.