Chadron Parent Tests Negative For COSID-19 Posted by John Axtell Date: March 11, 2020 5 Views CHADRON – The Chadron school district and Panhandle Public Health District say tests of a parent of a Chadron student for COVID-19, the coronavirus disease, came back negative and no further testing is needed. The parent and student both followed the recommendations of health professionals and self-quarantined themselves after the possibility of COVID-19 arose, and the parent was praised for also following recommended procedure by calling their health care provider before seeking treatment. Panhandle Public Health District Director Kim Engel strongly encourages calling her agency first if you develop a fever or other symptoms of respiratory illness and have been in close contact with someone who traveled recently in an area with a large number of COVID-19 cases. The PPHD number is 308-262-5764 Engel says PPDH and other agencies have been working closely with health care providers, the state health department, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be able to tell callers if they should be tested for COVID-19 and what procedures to use to avoid possibly exposing others while going in to get tested. On a related topic, Engel says the PPHD supports the decision to allow only immediate family of players to attend the boy’s state basketball tournament in Lincoln. She says social distancing at this early stage will make a big difference on the impact of COVID-19. The CSC is encouraging people to help protect themselves from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections with some simple steps including: 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. Avoid close contact with sick people and stay home if you are sick. Social distancing has been key in reducing the spread of respiratory infections such as influenza and COVID-19. 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. The CDC does NOT currently recommend the general public use facemasks.