COVID-19 (Coronavirus) What You Need To Know

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) What You Need To Know

Here for COVID-19 Concerns

We understand that our patients are concerned about the growing cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States, particularly as confirmed cases now exist 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 three times a week 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.

As information for Seward County continues to evolve, we will continue to partner with Four Corners Public Health Department to establish coordinated communication and resources for our county. If you have questions about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please call Four Corners Public Health Department. They have the latest information and are important for any tracking that needs to be done. Call (402) 362-2621.  

March 23, 2020 (original)

April 6, 2020 (updated)

Protect Yourself and Others

Protect Yourself and Others
Protect Yourself and Others

Because there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the best way to protect yourself is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends the following additional steps:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Don't touch your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

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 exposre to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Sore Throat
  • Fever or Chills
  • 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. 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. 

No Visitors:

  • Effective Tuesday, April 7, will further restrict visitation by no longer allowing visitors to patients in our hospital, no one to accompany for clinic visits, and no visitors to staff.

A healthy, adult support person will be allowed in a few limited circumstances:

  • Patient arriving at either emergency department - one, if needed
  • Memorial hospital Labor and Delivery - one labor partner
  • Pediatric/Minor patient (19 years or younger) - one parent/guardian
  • Dependent adult needing special assistance - as determined by patient's nurse and administrative manager
  • Patient care partner needing teaching and instructions prior to discharge - as determined by patient's nurse and administrative manage
  • Hospital outpatient and clinic patient needing a support  and /or transportation assistance - one
  • Patient receiving end-of-life care - number to be determined by patient's nurse and administrative manager
  • Special Circumstances - as identified by administrative manager

Clinic Patients:

  • Patients presenting with respiratory issues will be required to wear a mask.

Call before you go to a doctor's office or emergency room and tell them about your recent travel, exposure to COVID-19 and your symptoms if you experience:

  • Temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat

Clinic 402-643-4800

Hospital 402-643-2971

Take an online screening for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at Memorial ezVisit.

MHCS Resources and Updates

MHCS Resources and Updates
MHCS Resources and Updates

MHCS Resources

MHCS Updates

  • All patients and visitors are required to have a pre-screening prior to entering our facilities.
  • Effective Tuesday, April 7, Memorial Health Care Systems will no longer allow visitors to patients in our hospital, no one to accompany for clinic visits, and no visitors to staff.

   A healthy, adult support person will be allowed in a few limited circumstances:

  • Patient arriving at either emergency department - one, if needed
  • Memorial Hospital Labor & Delivery - one labor partner
  • Pediatric/Minor patient (19 years or younger) - one parent/guardian
  • Dependent adult needing special assistance - as determined by patient's nurse and administrative manager
  • Patient care partner needing teaching and instructions prior to discharge - as determined by patient's nurse and administrative manager
  • Hospital outpatient and clinic patient needing a support and/or transportation assistance - one
  • Patient receiving end-of-life care - number to be determined by patient's nurse and administrative manager
  • Special Circumstances - as identified by administrative manager 

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 is currently not billed by MHCS, but may be billed directly to the patient by our reference labs, Regional Pathology or Nebraska Public Health Lab. For information on their pricing visit www.reglab.org or www.nphl.org.

Stay Informed

Further Resources on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)