Hospital CEO encourages calling if virus symptoms exist
Officials at Chase County Community Hospital and Clinic are closely monitoring the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
CEO Abby Cyboron said they strongly advise people who have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever over 100.4 and symptoms—such as a cough or difficulty breathing—to call the clinic to speak with a nurse or a provider.
She said staff will ask callers a few questions in order to determine if it is necessary for them to come into the clinic to be seen or not.
“The telephone screening process is put into place in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19,” she said.
Cyboron said if people need to be seen by a provider or have a question to call 308-882-7299 and their staff will provide assistance.
“As always, our ER is staffed 24/7 to address any emergent needs,” she added.
CDC recommendations Cyboron encourages local residents to follow if sick:
Stay home except to get medical care
You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas.
Avoid using public transportation and ride-sharing.
People: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
Animals: Do not handle pets or other animals while sick.
Call before visiting doctor
If you have a medical appointment, call your doctor’s office or emergency department, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.
Wear a facemask if sick
If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
If you are caring for others: If the person who is sick is not able to wear a facemask (e.g. because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live in the home should stay in a different room. When caregivers enter the room of the sick person, they should wear a facemask. Visitors, other than caregivers, are not recommended.