For the most up to date information on COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, we encourage you to follow the Centers of Disease Control @ https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html and the Department of Health and Human Services @ http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx.
If you are at all personally suspicious of a COVID-19 exposure, it is still very important that you first call your health care provider prior to presenting to a facility for further special instructions to limit the potential exposure to others.
Hospital Prepares for Pandemic
Coronavirus or COVID-19 is having an impact on all of our lives. The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that we currently have a pandemic on our hands, which means the virus is prevalent around the world. There are multiple sources of information where you can learn about the spread of this virus, how to protect yourself and what to do if you become ill. Sources such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are excellent sources for accurate and current information.
The severity of illness for those that contract the virus varies from mild respiratory illness, most common in younger patients, to severe respiratory illness, which has been shown to be most prevalent in elderly patients and patients of any age with underlying health conditions. For this reason, it is important for everyone to be mindful of the ability for this virus to spread quickly and to take precautions to minimize exposure. One of the most basic steps that can be taken to avoid illness is to wash your hands. Don’t skimp, use soap and water and take your time, 20 seconds of friction at minimum. Try to keep your hands away from your face and if you sneeze or cough, use a tissue or your sleeve.
The priority at Pawnee County Memorial Hospital is to be prepared for patients from our community that may be impacted by the virus. This means anticipating the need for additional supplies, staying current with the recommendations for treatment, providing treatment when needed and protecting patients and staff from unnecessary exposure. Like all healthcare facilities across the country, keeping staff healthy is vital to maintaining the medical services in the community. The following measures have been implemented to safeguard patients and staff from unnecessary exposure:
Important information for patients:
Ruth Stephens, PCMH Administrator, stated, “Our goal is to safeguard patients and staff from exposure. Our elderly population is vulnerable. Limiting unnecessary exposure for the hospital staff, which could negatively impact the availability of services, is a vital link in ensuring that care is available when needed. The information about the virus changes daily and we will adjust our strategies as needed to safely serve our patients.”
For the best guidance refer to the CDC or Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as a trusted source of information:
Nebraska DHHS: http://dhhs.ne.gov/pages/Coronavirus.aspx
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