Coronavirus Preparedness

Community Hospital has been involved in monitoring and preparing for the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are prepared to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to identify, isolate and inform our state health department of any potential cases of COVID-19. We are working closely and collaborating with local health departments and other organizations. The best way you can protect yourself is to be aware of the facts, be informed of steps you can take to prevent infection and be ready to take appropriate actions as needed.

Be Aware

  • Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. These range from viruses that cause the common cold to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
  • A person may test positive for a coronavirus and not have the type of virus associated with the outbreak.
  • The outbreak is a specific type of coronavirus called Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19. The abbreviation comes from – CO stands for corona, VI for virus, D for disease.
  • COVID-19 is spread by close person-to-person contact from droplets of a cough or sneeze, which can get into your mouth, nose or lungs.

Protect Yourself & Others

  • Wash your hands often
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue
  • Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often
  • Stay home when you are sick
How can you help officials assess and control COVID-19?

To ensure your health and the health of others, travelers who have been to impacted countries within the past two weeks or have had potential contact with someone with COVID-19 should complete a survey with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Assess Your Symptoms & Take Action

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
What should I do if I have symptoms?
  • Contact your health care provider if you have symptoms and have been in close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19.
  • Call the place where you will be seeking care (doctor's office, urgent care or emergency department) before you go there. This is important so they can assess your symptoms and provide information on steps to take before you arrive.

4 Credible Sources to Stay Informed on COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Johns Hopkins CSSE Dashboard of Global Cases

Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department

To learn more

Be Aware, Prepare, Act Infographic

We Are Prepared

At Community Hospital, we have systems and processes in place and are ready to respond to the health needs of our community. This includes response plans for our locations, which include identifying travel history and symptoms, isolating patients if necessary, and reporting suspected cases for testing.

Our staff is prepared to identify, isolate and inform. We have the facilities and training to treat infectious diseases, including negative airflow rooms for isolation and supplies on hand. We are collaborating with local, state and national officials.

We are here for you.