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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic News for Saunders County & Beyond

  • Vaccine Update 3-12-21 | Expansion of Vaccine Offering Categories

     NOW OPEN VACCINE TIMESLOTS FOR NEXT WEEK  Thursday, March 18. In order to schedule yourself for this week's clinic you must meet the following requirements:

    • This must be your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine
    • Live or work in Saunders County, Nebraska
    • Have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days
    • Have not had another vaccine in the past 14 days

    Be in one of the following categories: 65 years of age or older, Healthcare workers, Emergency Medical Services, Grocery Workers, Transportation (Trucking, Railroad, Gas Stations), Postal Service Workers, Public Transit Workers, First Responders, Law Enforcement, Food Processing, Meat Packing Employees, Co-op employees, Seed and Feed company employees, Meat Packing Plant workers, Corrections Officers/Staff, Educators/School Staff/Daycare employees, Funeral Home Staff and Coroners, Homeless Shelter Staff, OR Utilities

    As we work to complete COVID vaccinations for Saunders County residents 65 and older, we want to ensure that no one has been left behind. If you are 65+, reside in Saunders County, and have not yet been contacted to receive your first COVID-19 vaccination, you can use this link to schedule an appointment (even if you previously registered, and for some reason haven’t been contacted). Register at https://nalhd.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9uHzwp45Bh4GpRY

  • Nursing Home Visitor Policy Revised 3-11-21


    Just a friendly reminder that masks need to stay on both visitor and resident for the entire visit, so if you want to bring in a meal or favorite treat we will save it for later for your loved one. We appreciate your cooperation.

    NEW INDOOR VISITATION GUIDELINES: We are so excited to announce new indoor visitation guidance for our SMC Skilled & Long Term Care residents! Due to the importance of maintaining infection prevention practices, the following guidelines are in place for visitors:

    • Limit 2 visitors per resident
    • Visitors will be screened at the door
    • Visitors will be asked to use hand hygiene and wear well-fitting masks.
    • Visitors will be asked to go directly to resident room or designated area and remain there during entire visit.
    • Visitor and resident will each wear a mask and maintain 6-foot social distancing throughout whole visit.
    • Visiting hours will be from 9am-8pm daily, excluding meal times.
    • Visits will be limited 2 hours per resident.
    • Visitors unable to adhere to these guidelines will be asked to leave.

    Thank you for taking the necessary precautions to keep our residents safe. We look forward to seeing you back in the building! Be Well.

  • Vaccine Update 2-9-21 | Additional Vaccine Categories Added

    We have some exciting news to share – We are opening up this week’s COVID vaccination clinic to more people! In order to schedule yourself for this week's clinic you must meet the following requirements:

    • This must be your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine
    • Live or work in Saunders County, Nebraska
    • Have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days
    • Have not had another vaccine in the past 14 days

    Be in one of the following categories: 65 years of age or older, Healthcare workers, Emergency Medical Services, Grocery Workers, Transportation (Trucking, Railroad, Gas Stations), Postal Service Workers, Public Transit Workers, First Responders, Law Enforcement, Food Processing, Meat Packing Employees, Co-op employees, Seed and Feed company employees, Meat Packing Plant workers, Corrections Officers/Staff, Educators/School Staff/Daycare employees, Funeral Home Staff and Coroners, Homeless Shelter Staff, OR Utilities

    As we work to complete COVID vaccinations for Saunders County residents 65 and older, we want to ensure that no one has been left behind. If you are 65+, reside in Saunders County, and have not yet been contacted to receive your first COVID-19 vaccination, you can use this link to schedule an appointment (even if you previously registered, and for some reason haven’t been contacted). Family members and caregivers of individuals 65+ are encouraged to assist in getting them registered. Sign up on the link below to register to get your vaccine: https://nalhd.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9uHzwp45Bh4GpRY

  • Vaccine Update 1-26-21 | Waitlist Announced

    Saunders Medical Center is scheduled to begin receiving limited quantities of the Covid-19 vaccine over the next coming weeks. We are working with Three Rivers Health department and reviewing our list of eligible vaccination candidates ages 75 and older. Patients with known chronic medical conditions will be vaccinated as a priority within this age group.  Once we receive the vaccine we will notify our eligible patients and county residents from the Three Rivers waitlist to schedule a vaccination appointment. Due to the very limited vaccine supply, we will be reaching out to schedule these appointments at this time.

    Three Rivers Health Department continues to accept registrations for people age 65+ Please complete the form at this Health Department link: https://nalhd.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cIMxIHw90x0M4xo?fbclid=IwAR18hHLhBAMzBJjzMCE0F_He18-N7iZgfJnedgyLAUabdzlDHhSa9mj_isw .

  • Vaccine Update 1-14-21 | Vaccine Availability Message for 65+

    We know our community is eager to receive the vaccine. And we are eager for you to receive it as well. SMC currently does not have vaccines for ages 65+ or the general public. Patients with chronic medical conditions will be vaccinated as a priority within the age groups. Check back here for updates. As we receive vaccines, each age group and priority will be contacted.

     

  • Vaccine Update 12-22-20 | First Shipment of Vaccine Received

    Saunders Medical Center received its first shipment of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine this week. Based on the direction of the Department of Health and Human Services and Three Rivers Public Health Department, we are currently providing vaccines to SMC Staff and Emergency Medical Services within the communities that we serve. Staff vaccinations started yesterday (12/21/2020) and EMS will start tomorrow (12/23/2020).

    It is unclear at this time, when we will receive an allocation of vaccine that is designated for administration to the public - please understand this decision is not in our power. Since the exact avenues for receipt of the vaccine for the public have not been communicated to us yet, we are not accepting names for a waiting list to receive the vaccine. We will share more information with the public as soon as it is made clear to us. Be Well!


April 3, 2020 | Telehealth is at SMC now. An interactive, personable and patient-focused approach will allow you the best possible care during this time of social distancing. Be Well.    

Saunders Medical Center Visitor Policy Update: Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, Saunders Medical Center will not be accepting visitors in the Hospital, Emergency Department, Urban Clinic Pharmacy, Family Care Clinic, MS and Specialty Clinics, Lab, Imaging and Therapy.  The updated policy does allow exceptions for pediatric patients ages 0-18, as well as other extenuating circumstances. If you are providing transportation for a patient, you will be asked to wait in the parking lot or in your vehicle. A reminder that Long Term Care (nursing home) continues to not accept visitors. Please call 402-443-4191 before coming into the Family Care Clinic if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms including fever. We will then be able to better serve you. We appreciate your understanding & support. Be Well.

Coronavirus News

For the most updated information, please see:
CDC  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services  http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
Three Rivers Public Health Department https://threeriverspublichealth.org

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March 16, 2020 | Saunders Medical Center Visitor Policy Update:
Beginning immediately, all hospital visitors will be restricted to 2 at a time. All visitors will be screened at the hospital nurses station prior to visiting. No one under the age of 18 will be allowed to visit at this time.
A reminder that Long Term Care (nursing home) continues to not accept visitors.
Please call 402/443-4191 before coming into the Family Care Clinic if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms including fever. We will then be able to better serve you.
We appreciate your understanding & support. Be Well.

March 13, 2020
Saunders Medical Center is being proactive in regards to decreasing the potential spread of illness. This includes restricting traffic in the building. At this time the facility has suspended the following exercise program: Community Wellness. All other clinics and programs continue to function at this time. Please plan to keep your appointment unless you are notified differently. If the decision is made to suspend a program, you will be personally notified.

All group fitness classes and sports performance classes will take place only between 5-7 am and 5-7 pm. If you have questions, please contact Edge Wellness at 402-443-1426.

To assist in community safety, please limit appointments to patient and caretaker only. We appreciate your support. Be Well.

 

March 11, 2020
Medical Center has been meeting in regards to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and precautions our facility needs to take to prevent the spread of illness.
One of those precautions is to reduce the volume of people coming in and out of our facility. Due to this, we will be postponing our Age Well event on Monday, March 16. We plan to hold this event in the future, and will update everyone when a new date is set.
Please let us know if you have any questions and we will do our best to answer them.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Edge Therapy & Wellness

 

Here is the latest on Three Rivers Public Health Department Facebook Page

 

Revised March 9, 2020

Saunders Medical Center is actively monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation.  We are working closely with the Three Rivers Health Department and continue to receive regular updates from the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At this time, continue to: 1) practice good hand hygiene (wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer); 2) cough/sneeze into your elbow or into a tissue; and 3) avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. 

If you are experiencing fever, cough, minor respiratory symptoms (such as shortness of breath—which could be a major issue), or have had exposure to COVID-19, it is best to stay home and contact your primary care provider to avoid exposing others.  The best treatment for minor symptoms is rest and supportive care (acetaminophen, ibuprofen and other over the counter medications).  For more severe symptoms, we encourage you to call prior to coming in order to help determine the best treatment of care.  Please call Saunders Medical Center Family Clinic (402-443-4191) during clinic hours.  After hours, please call the SMC Nurse Care Line (402-443-1448). 

For the most updated information, please see:

CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

Three Rivers Public Health Department

Three Rivers Public Health Information Hotline Phone: (402) 444-3400  |  Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30

If you have visited an area with active COVID-19 cases in the past 2 weeks please complete this survey or copy this link into your browser
https://cip-dhhs.ne.gov/redcap/surveys/?s=JKHEPR4DPR

For the latest coronavirus information, see news at  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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