CHADRON – Chadron Community Hospital and Health Services is expanding its restrictions on visitors to all its facilities to protect both patients and care providers during the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.
These restrictions cover the hospital, Western Community Health Resources, Prairie Pines Lodge, and Legend Buttes Health Services.
No one 18 or younger will be allowed to visit, unless they are a patient or parent of a patient, and every visitor will be screened and asked two questions: 1) Have you had a fever in the past 24 hours? and 2) Have you had a cough or shortness of breath in the past 24 hours?
If the visitor answers “YES” to either question, they will not be allowed to enter the facility. If they are seeking care, they will be required to put on a mask before entering.
All visitors will need to check in at the hospital admissions with all patients and visitors entering through the hospital emergency room doors between 5 pm and 9 am, before and after the Chadron Medical Clinic business hours
Anyone in western Nebraska who thinks they possibly were exposed to the virus and has a fever, cough, or shortness of breath is asked to call the hospital before coming to any of its healthcare facilities for an over-the-phone screening to determine if they can be cared for at home or a more in-depth screening and possible treatment is needed.
Chadron Community Hospital and Health Services says information about the outbreak is changing quickly and recommends going to Panhandle Public Health District website at pphd.org for the most current information on COVID-19. Current Nebraska and national information is at cdc.gov.