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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Published on March 12, 2020


Memorial Community Health continues to stay abreast of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and are prepared to address illness in our community.  We are in constant contact with the Central District Health Department, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and are tracking all updates from the CDC.  Taking precautions to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus is important.  

By recommendation of the central District Health Department, as of today, we are CLOSED to all visitors due to concerns over COVID-19.  We are sorry for any inconvenience, but the safety of our residents, patients, and staff are our highest priority.  Please consider other methods of “visiting” via phone calls, email, FaceTime, Skype, etc.  If you have concerns about visiting a patient or resident, contact one of the following:  East Park Villa 402-694-2300; Memorial Community Care 402-694-8230; Memorial Hospital 402-694-3171; or Memorial Health Clinic at 402-694-3191.

As of today, please consider the following actions. We will update you as circumstances warrant.

  1. If you are a patient at the hospital or clinic, please limit those who accompany you to the absolute minimum.
  2. If you are wanting to be seen in the clinic or ER for possible respiratory symptoms that could be COVID-19, please call ahead.  We are happy to see you but want to screen you and make sure that appropriate precautions are taken before you arrive to protect the staff and other patients.
  3. When you call, if symptoms are mild, we may proceed to discuss the most appropriate treatment to follow over the phone to minimize undo exposure of our staff or others.


What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

What can you do to help protect yourself?

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For more about COVID-19, you can find reliable and useful information here: