Auburn, Nebr. (March 10, 2020) – Nemaha County Hospital announced today it is taking action to handle the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Effective immediately, visitor restrictions are in place. Anyone entering Nemaha County Hospital will be pre-screened for the virus at the hospital entrances.
The pre-screening is an assessment recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The patient will be asked if they have traveled internationally within 14 days of their symptoms starting, if they have come into close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, and if they have a fever greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, lower respiratory symptoms like shortness of breath or coughing, or a sore throat. Patients who answer “no” to all these questions can enter the hospital.
The ER will remain open. Nemaha County Hospital asks that patients call ahead regarding symptoms or recent travel before going to the hospital or emergency room.
“We are using these precautions as a measured response to unpredictable circumstances,” said Marty Fattig, Chief Executive Officer at Nemaha County Hospital. “We are doing what we can to keep everyone informed and updated as this situation progresses. I want to emphasize that we are asking for restricted visitors at this time.”
Nemaha County Hospital recommends the following preventative actions suggested by the CDC: Wash hands frequently, avoid touching your face, stay home if you are sick, and cover your cough or sneeze.
These guidelines will be updated as recommendations are received.
Visit www.nemahacountyhospital.com for more information.
About Nemaha County Hospital
Located in Auburn, Nebr., Nemaha County Hospital is a county-owned critical access hospital serving the Southeast Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri regional area. Nemaha County Hospital was named a 2020 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital.