ATTENTION: Effective Monday, April 20, 2020, per CDC recommendations, ALL patients, essential visitors, and essential vendors will be required to wear a mask while in our facility. We have masks available for patients to wear during their visit. They will drop off the mask before exiting the facility for laundering per CDC guidelines.
ATTENTION: Effective at 8:00 am 3/12/2020, in an effort to be proactive in preventative measures towards COVID-19 (coronavirus), TCHS is screening ALL patients upon arrival at the facility. For clinic visits, please use the main south entrance. There you will be asked a few screening questions that will determine your check-in process. To protect our patients and staff, NO vendor representatives will be allowed in the facility, except under extenuating circumstances. Effective Monday, June 15, TCHS will be adjusting visitor restrictions to allow one healthy visitor per patient. The visitor must participate in the screening process and wear a mask. Inpatients will be allowed one healthy visitor per day. TCHS is committed to keeping our patients, staff, and community healthy. We are here for all of your healthcare needs and continue to follow CDC and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services guidelines to provide you with exceptional healthcare, close to home.
If you are not feeling well or suspect you have been exposed to and/or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you please call ahead to Thayer County Health Services (402-768-4615) before arriving at the hospital to allow our healthcare providers time to appropriately plan for your arrival. You will be given further instructions at that time.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time. Please refer to https://thayercountyhealth.com/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/ and our communication pages for updates as the COVID-19 situation evolves.
For updated cases by county in Nebraska, please visit: https://nebraska.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/4213f719a45647bc873ffb58783ffef3
For frequently asked questions concerning COVID-19, please visit: https://thayercountyhealth.com/covid-19-frequently-asked-questions/
For how you can assist Thayer County Health Services during the supplies shortage, please visit: https://thayercountyhealth.com/how-to-help-tchs-during-covid-19-pandemic/
TCHS Prepares for COVID-19
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a rapidly spreading respiratory illness that was first identified in Wuhan, China. It has since spread to several other countries, including the United States. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and its public health partners continue to closely track COVID-19. Please be assured that Thayer County Health Services is working closely with Public Health Solutions to stay up to date on preventative measures and we are following current recommendations. As you may have heard, there have been multiple confirmed cases in Nebraska; however, as of March 16, 2020, it has not reached our community or surrounding areas.
COVID-19 spreads person-to-person mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an ill person coughs or sneezes (similar to influenza and other respiratory illnesses). Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe and may appear within 2-14 days after exposure. Symptoms may include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and much more. For a complete list of COVID-19 symptoms, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
If you suspect you have been exposed to and/or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you please call ahead to Thayer County Health Services (402-768-4615) before arriving at the hospital to allow our healthcare providers to appropriately plan for your arrival. You will be given further instructions at that time.
Effective at 8:00 am 3/12/2020, in an effort to be proactive in preventative measures towards COVID-19 (coronavirus), TCHS is screening ALL patients upon arrival at the facility. If you are not feeling well, please call ahead to 402-768-4615 and proceed to the Emergency Room parking area. From there, a member of our staff will meet you and you will be screened and asked to provide a sample for testing.
For regularly scheduled clinic visits, please use the main south entrance. There you will be asked a few screening questions that will determine your check-in process. To protect our patients and staff, NO vendor representatives or visitors will be allowed in the facility, except under extenuating circumstances.
There are currently no vaccines available to protect against this virus. The CDC recommends the following ways to minimize the spread of all respiratory illness, including COVID-19:
- Staying home if you are sick and avoiding close contact with those who are sick.
- Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Wear a mask when you are unable to social distance.
For additional questions concerning how TCHS is prepared for COVID-19 please call (402) 768-6041.
Additional resources for information on COVID-19 are available at:
- CDC’s dedicated website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Public Health Solutions website http://phsneb.org/
- Information for Travelers – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 – Frequently Asked Questions – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 Advice to the Public – Myth Busters – https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters
Recommended COVID-19 EPA Disinfectant list: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2
STAY HOME IF:
- you think you might have been exposed to COVID-19
- you are running a temperature
- you are elderly or immunocompromised or both.
If you think you have been exposed, are running a temperature and are having trouble breathing – CALL 402-768-4615 BEFORE ARRIVING.
If you have or know someone who should be staying home due to age or health-related reasons offer to go to the store for them.
TCHS closings & cancellations:
- The Little Blue Bistro (hospital cafeteria) is closed until further notice.
- Hebron Chamber Coffee Talk held at the Little Blue Bistro is postponed until further notice.