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Information Regarding COVID-19

In an effort to protect our staff, patients and community Valley County Health System (VCHS) will be implementing the following.

Safety Precautions:

  • No visitors at VCHS at this time (this includes no walkers in the halls or public in the Courtyard Grille).
  • All events, classes and meetings held at VCHS are being canceled until further notice.
  • In order to limit the number of people in our facility, we are requesting that you not bring a support person to your appointment. If you need assistance making it into the building please call ahead and we can make arrangements. Any support persons that present at the time of appointment may be asked to wait outside.

Services:

  • VCHS Medical Clinics are continuing to see wellness visits in the mornings and sick visits in the afternoons. If you would like to make an appointment please call 308.728.4200. 
  • Virtual visits are available on a case by case basis. Please call 308.728.4200 for more information.

What to do if you have Respiratory symptoms

Valley County Health System urges residents who suspect they may have Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms to call first before visiting their local health facility.

If you are experiencing these respiratory symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore Throat

And are 65 years or older, have compromised immune systems or serious medical conditions such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic Kidney disease
  • Lung disease

Please call 402.728.4200 prior to coming to the Medical Clinic or ER. Our healthcare providers will evaluate your symptoms and explain your best course of action. Calling ahead not only helps you, it prevents the spread and protects our community’s elderly and most vulnerable.

If you are younger than 65 and have symptoms of the Coronavirus and are otherwise healthy the current advice is to stay at home and self-isolate. Rest, drink plenty of fluids and take fever reducing medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. For more information on isolation and when to seek medical attention visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html#warning-signs.

Risk Assessment

Click here to take a two question COVID-19 risk assessment.

Screening Procedure

Upon presenting for an appointment you will be asked the following:

  • Do you have a new respiratory illness, trouble breathing, cough, sore throat?
    • If yes you will be asked to wear a mask.
  • Your temperature will be taken.
    • If you are running a fever you will be asked to wear a mask and seated in a separate waiting room.

Test Nebraska

  • Governor Pete Ricketts announced a new plan to scale up Nebraska’s capability to test for COVID-19.  Test Nebraska is a public-private partnership that will expand testing in Nebraska over the next several weeks. The program will enlist Nebraskans to take an assessment, get tested, and track their health. If you would like to participate go to testnebraska.com.

Other COVID-19 Resources