Weekly area COVID-19 video update by area leaders: for Monday July 13, 2020 (click here)
TEST NEBRASKA visited Community Medical Center Wednesday, June 17th and 18th. 153 tests were done by a medical unit from the Nebraska National Guard. The Southeast District Health Department reported that all tests came back negative.
Prior to the Test Nebraska, CMC confirmed five positive COVID-19 test results for Richardson County. The last individual is a staff member of the hospital and had previously been placed under quarantine due to a known exposure. No other staff members have tested positive, and the hospital continues to monitor the situation closely.
Because of safety precautions in place and the quickness of the quarantine action, it is not believed that the staff member posed a risk to patients. CMC is working with physicians and the health department to make sure the situation remains under control.
Because individuals may be contagious for COVID-19 without feeling ill or showing symptoms- even with previously negative tests – CMC requires masks for all staff, patients and visitors in the hospital and recommends masks, hand-washing, and social distancing for anyone in public contact.
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/
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 still recommended 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 email@example.com. 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
-most current information:
FROM: FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC PROVIDERS AND STAFF
Many of you have likely heard about the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in neighboring counties.
We want to assure you that our staff has been working diligently to prepare for COVID-19 to reach our area, but we will need everyone to work together to help keep our community as healthy as possible.
- 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.
- Due to a significant shortage of testing supplies, we are not able to test most patients for COVID-19. 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 will still be 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 anticipating being able to offer some telehealth appointments in the near future. More information will be available soon.
- 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 social distancing, limiting travel, frequent handwashing, etc.
We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty, anxiety and fear surrounding the current COVID-19 situation. 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-1
ATTENTION: Starting Monday, March 23rd Family Medicine Clinic will be taking additional precautions to help stop the spread of 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.
- You will not be able to schedule any Pap’s or well adults visits at this time. 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.