Coronavirus

COVID-19 Vaccination

MHCS is following the State of Nebraska phasing plan and vaccination efforts.  Vaccines are available through the Seward Family Medical Center. Please call 402-643-4800 to schedule your Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 Testing Options

COVID-19 testing for those who have symptoms:

Memorial ezVisit Appointment

Online 24/7 doctor appointment with a NE board -certified Bryan health physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner.  Cost $39.

Free Phone Triage

Connect with an MHCS nurse (24/7 availability).

Rapid in-house testing for COVID-19

  • Drive-up testing
  • Same-day results
  • Must have an appointment through your physician

*Emergency symptoms - call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.

If you have had contact with someone diagnosed wtih COVID-19 or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please call ahead before you go to a doctor's office or emergency room.

 

Protect Yourself and Others

Protect Yourself and Others
Protect Yourself and Others

The best way to protect yourself is to get vaccinated and to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends the following steps:

  • Get a COVID-19 Vaccine when it is available to you.
  • Wash your hands often with soup and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact

Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.

Outside you home: Put 6 feet distance between yourself and people who don't live in your household.

Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.

Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms' length) from other people.

Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others

You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.

The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.

Everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don't live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. (Masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.)

Do not use a mask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.

Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The mask is not a substitute for social distancing.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Monitor your health daily. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.

Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms.

If you are:

  • Experiencing symptoms
  • Have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Through the recommendation of the CDC and Four Corners Public Health Department, we ask that you call ahead before you go to a doctor's office or emergency room and tell them of your recent travel, contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 and your symptoms.

Clinic 402-643-4800

Hospital 402-643-2971

Four Corners Public Health Department 1-877-337-3573

Memorial ezVisit, powered by Bryan Telemedicine, offers online screening for COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Patients and Visitors

Patients and Visitors
Patients and Visitors

All patients and visitors will be pre-screened for the risk of COVID-19 upon arrival and given a clean mask to wear in the facility. Screening includes questions related to symptoms and exposure to others who are sick. Screening may include taking their temperature and instruction on infection prevention procedures. This is not a medical test to diagnose COVID-19. 

Effective Friday, April 16, 2021, Memorial Health Care Systems including all hospital services, clinics, pharmacy and assisted living will open visitation to patients/residents and support persons bringing patients to appointments.

Visiting hours for inpatients, swing-bed, and assisted living residents are seven days a week: 8:00a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Masks and Screening are Required

  • For the safety of all, we require everyone in our facility to wear a mask provided by MHCS. This includes visitors, patients, doctors and staff.
  • Support persons and patients will be screened upon each arrival for signs of illness by taking their temperature and are required to follow infection prevention procedures as instructed. If a visitor/support person fails the health screening, he/she will not be able to visit.
  • While visitors are visiting a patient, both the visitors and the patient must wear their masks at all times.

Patients with COVID-19

For the safety of families and our community, no support persons/visitors will be allowed to visit patients with a pending COVID-19 test or confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis. WE understand this is very difficult for you. It is also difficult for us. This is necessary to limit exposure to families and community spread of the virus.

Please Do Not visit patients in the hospital if you are sick or under quarantine for COVID-19.

Other ways you can connect with a patient or assisted living resident at Memorial Health Care Systems:

  • Phone a patient's room by dialing: 402-643-2971 and ask to be connected to the patient room #
  • Use your personal devices (smartphones, iPads, tablets, laptops) to stay connected
  • Families without necessary devices can consult with the patient's nurse on the availability of devices that Memorial Health Care Systems may be able to loan temporarily

Clinic Patients:

  • All patients and visitors or adult support persons will be given a mask upon arrival and are required to wear a mask.
  • Patients presenting with respiratory issues will be required to wear a mask.

Call before going to a doctor's office or emergency room and tell them about your recent travel, exposure to COVID-19 and your symptoms.

Clinic 402-643-4800

Hospital 402-643-2971

MHCS Resources and Updates

MHCS Resources and Updates
MHCS Resources and Updates

We understand that our patients are concerned about the growing cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States, particularly as confirmed cases in Nebraska. As a health care system, we have existing infection control protocols that are critical processes for all patient care. Due to the nature of our normal business, we are well accustomed to the regular use of procedures and protocols to minimize the spread of infectious disease.  In an effort to reinforce existing infection control protocol and ensure we establish any changes that may be recommended with new information regarding COVID-19, an interdisciplinary team within Memorial Health Care Systems has been established.  

This interdisciplinary team is gathering information, receiving guidance and updates from the Department of Health and Human Services, Regional and District Health Departments, Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. The team attends teleconferences weekly that are sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services and Nebraska Hospital Association. We continue to receive alerts from DHHS via email and fax as new information develops between these meetings. Any information that is new in regards to our standard precautionary measures or new to screening of patients will be directed out of this group as soon as we learn about it. We are here to care for you and your family. Our priority always remains keeping our patients, guests and employees safe.

MHCS Resources

  • COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Screening through Memorial ezVisit
  • MHCS offers "rapid" COVID-19 testing on symptomatic patients
  • Prescription curb side pickup call Seward Family Pharmacy 402-646-4607
  • Family Medical Centers of Seward 402-643-4800 / Milford 402-761-3307 / Utica 402-534-2081
  • Memorial Hospital and Emergency Services 402-643-2971

MHCS Updates

  • All patients and visitors are required to have a pre-screening prior to entering our facilities.

We are here for you with safe care processes in place across MHCS:

  • Proper protective gear for staff
  • Patients provided masks
  • Visitor restrictions
  • Prescreening for symptoms
  • Temperature checks at entrances
  • Request disinfecting and cleaning
  • Frequent hand sanitizing (including patients)
  • Social distancing measures
  • Separate care areas and care times for COVID-19 testing and non-COVID-19 patients
  • COVID-19 triage at 402-643-4800, for triaging possible COVID-19 patients
  • ezVisits and telehealth visits minimize people in given area

Getting back to more normal operations, MHCS has undertaken the careful expansion of clinic and hospital services. The areas that have now resumed care include:

  • Elective surgeries
  • Diabetic Education
  • Diabetes Support Group
  • Diabetes Prevention Program
  • Cardiac Rehab (small groups)
  • Cardiac Wellness Program
  • Outpatient Specialists Clinics
  • Pulmonary Function Testing
  • In-home and in-lab sleep studies
  • Pulmonary Rehab

COVID-19 Testing Charges

COVID-19 Testing Charges
COVID-19 Testing Charges
  • COVID-19 testing when collected at the Family Medical Centers of Milford, Seward and Utica may either be billed by MHCS or it may be billed directly to the patient by our reference labs, Regional Pathology or Nebraska Public Health Lab. The test price billed by MHCS is $105. For information on prices that may be charged by our reference labs visit www.reglab.org or www.nphl.org.

  • Billing Codes and Descriptions

     - CPT Code 87635: Infectious agent detection by nucleic acid(DNA or RNA); severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (Coronavirus disease [COVID-19]), amplified probe technique

     - HCPC Code U0003: Infectious agent detection by nucleic acid (DNA or RNA); severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (Coronavirus disease [COVID-19]), amplified probe technique, using high throughput technologies 

Information for Schools

Information for Schools
Information for Schools

Seward County area schools, Four Corners Public Health and MHCS have collaborated together to address questions for school employees and students regarding COVID-19.  Access information by reviewing the public health recommendations for the screening, exclusion, and re-admittance fo ill students and staff for COVID-19 in schools.

Stay Open, Stay Healthy

Stay Open, Stay Healthy
Stay Open, Stay Healthy

A message from Memorial Health Care Systems in partnership with Seward County Chamber & Development Partnership

 We recognize that this is a challenging time. As individuals, we are bombarded with messages surrounding COVID-19 and making decisions that will protect ourselves and our families. As a professional health care organization, we are challenged to educate our patients, be empathetic to our colleagues, and serve as the source of truth for our community. Our communities must come together to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Rates of COVID-19 infection are continuing to rise at an alarming pace in Seward County and across Nebraska.

 To help with slowing the spread we are raising awareness efforts and have created an awareness effort for Seward County called: Stay Open, Stay Healthy.

 This campaign was created to enable you to easily share credible information on your website and social pages and encourage all community members to serve as a positive example within our community. Mayor Eickmeier, Memorial Health Care Systems, and six area schools issued a news release on October 28, announcing the campaign and showcasing a unified front. Please join this countywide effort to encourage voluntary participation with Avoiding the Three Cs: 1) crowded places, 2) close contacts, and 3) confined spaces.  

 How you can help

Memorial Health Care Systems and Seward County Chamber & Development Partnership will share content on our social media channels Nov. 9 to Dec. 19. To maximize the impact of our messaging, we ask you to:

    • Engage with the posts by liking, sharing, and commenting as much as possible.
    • You can also use these posts on your own website or social media pages.
    • We encourage you to find ways to promote the ‘Stay Open, Stay Healthy’, ‘Stronger Together’, and ‘Avoid the 3 C’s’ messaging in your own ways!
    • Pick up your ‘Stay Open, Stay Healthy’ for your store front from the chamber office beginning 11/9/20. *While supplies last.

We need to keep our communities healthy and prevent further disruption of any business. If we all work together, we can help slow the spread of COVID-19.

 We appreciate your support. If you have questions, please contact Mallory.Gibreal@mhcs.us

#StrongerTogether #StayOpenStayHealthy

Stay Informed

Further Resources on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)