Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
What is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. These range from viruses that cause the common cold to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
A person may test positive for a coronavirus and not have the type of virus associated with the outbreak.
The outbreak is a specific type of coronavirus called Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19. The abbreviation comes from – CO stands for corona, VI for virus, D for disease.
COVID-19 is spread by close person-to-person contact from droplets of a cough or sneeze, which can get into your mouth, nose or lungs.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Sore Throat
Call Tri Valley Health System at 308-697-3317 before you come. This is important so we can assess your symptoms and provide information on steps to take before you arrive.
For the safety of our patients, family members and/or visitors are discouraged from coming to the hospital or clinic with individuals who arrive to be screened and tested for COVID-19.
Protect Yourself & Others
- Wash your hands often
- Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue
- Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth
- Avoid close contact with sick people. Keep a 6 foot distance between you and others.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often
- Stay home when you are sick
Tri Valley Health System Processes
Tri Valley Health System has systems and processes in place and are ready to respond to the health needs of our community. These processes include:
- Visitor Restrictions - The health and safety of our residents, patients, employees, visitors, and communities is a top priority at Tri Valley Health System, while we also understand how important the support of loved ones and friends are to health and wellbeing. Effective Tuesday, March 2, 2021, Tri Valley Health System will be revising visitor restrictions at all Tri Valley Health System locations. All visitors must be 12 years or older, wear a cloth mask, clear a health screening, and have a temperature check. No visitors will be allowed for patients on isolation precautions, patients with COVID-19, or patients awaiting COVID-19 test results.
Assisted Living Residents may have up to three visitors a day who are 12 years or older during the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. All visitors must wear a cloth mask, demonstrate hand hygiene upon arrival and when leaving, clear a health screening with a temperature check, and maintain social distancing with residents during the visit. Trips outside the facility for residents are not allowed unless medically necessary.
Tri Valley Health System continues to follow all necessary steps to keep everyone healthy and safe. Tri Valley Health System employees and Assisted Living Residents will be screened regularly, wear face coverings, practice good hand hygiene, and use social distancing.
Tri Valley Health System will closely monitor local community trends and outbreaks according to the recommendations and requirements by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department and revisions may be made as conditions warrant.
Tri Valley Health System CEO Jessica Fisher said, “Tri Valley Health System continues to follow all recommendations from the Centers of Disease Control, Department of Health and Human Services, and our local public health department to ensure that we are keeping residents, employees, visitors, and our communities safe. We appreciate your understanding and support and ask for your continued patience while we continue to evolve during this pandemic.” If you have any questions about our visitor restrictions please contact us at 308-697-3329, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.trivalleyhealth.com. The Department of Health and Human Services long-term care phasing guidance is intended to be used by nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. For a full copy of the Department of Health and Human Services long term care phasing guidance go to http://dhhs.ne.gov/licensure/Documents/LTCCOVID19PhasingGuidance.pdf.
Tri Valley Health System’s top priority is keeping patients, employees, visitors and the communities safe. Tri Valley Health System has the training, tools and techniques in place to isolate and care for patients who are potentially at risk for the coronavirus following the guidelines identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tri Valley Health System is working closely with local and state agencies to monitor and prepare accordingly.
Preventing the spread of respiratory diseases, including the flu and COVID-19 is very important. It’s recommended to practice social distancing which includes limiting close contact with people and avoid crowds. Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Wear a mask to help reduce the risk of infection, especially when combined with other prevention efforts. You should also stay home if you are sick.
For the most up to date information on COVID-19 visit the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department at www.swhealth.ne.gov or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov.
- Screening - Everyone coming into Tri Valley Health System will be screened upon arrival. Temperature, travel history, cough and sore throat will be monitored.
- Walk-In Clinic Opened - A new Walk-In Clinic has been opened in the former Manor. The Clinic can be accessed by the north entrance located on Nasby Street. This clinic will treat all people who are feeling ill or who are sick.
- Virtual Appointments - Tri Valley Health System has began offering virtual appointments with your Tri Valley Health System provider so you don't have to leave home. Patients will need to sign up for the Patient Portal that is available on the Home page of our website first and then will be able to request a virtual appointment through the Patient Portal.
- COVID-19 Hotline - Tri Valley Health System has a COVID-19 hotline available Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for any questions or concerns about COVID-19. The hotline number is 308-697-1000.
Services available at Tri Valley Health System
Tri Valley Health System has resumed all services including elective surgery procedures. All three clinics are open and patients can be seen by their provider. Patients will be scheduled at Arapahoe and Indianola with well patients in the morning and ill patients in the afternoon to allow separation of patients and allow for cleaning. The Thrift Store is open with a maximum of 25 people in the store, masks are required, and social distancing recommended. The Wellness Center has also reopened with 24/7 access. Members will need to be screened at the front entrance, maximum of 25 patrons in the Center, and masks are recommended. Massage therapy with Rhonda Banzhaf has resumed. Clients will need to screen.
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