COVID – 19 Information
Brown County Hospital Public Service Announcement #2
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Brown County Hospital Public Service Announcement
There have been concerns regarding COVID-19 reaching our community. Community Healthcare Leaders, Ainsworth Community Schools, City of Ainsworth, Brown County Sheriff, Brown County Ambulance representative and a representative from the Ainsworth Ministerial Association met at the Brown County Hospital on Wednesday March 11 to discuss the concerns that everyone in our community has regarding COVID-19 and the impact it may have on our community. Each entity mentioned above has been working closely with the North Central District Health Department and monitoring closely CDC (Center for Disease Control) the recommendations regarding the virus.
At this time, we are encouraging the community to self-monitor their symptoms. Symptoms of COVID-19 are Fever of 100.4 and above, Cough and Shortness of Breath. You should take preventative action and precautions during the uncertain future of this virus. Be proactive:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Take everyday preventive actions
- Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place
- If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something
- Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
- Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc. these are the easiest ways to transmit a virus
- Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
- Covering coughs and sneezes
If you experience any or all of the symptoms listed please call the Brown County Hospital at 402 387 2800 and you will be directed on how to proceed.
Current Visitor Restrictions
Attention patients and visitors of The Ainsworth Family Clinic and Brown County Hospital
Effective immediately ACTIVE VISITOR RESTRICTIONS are in place at all our Healthcare Facilities. We are restricting access to our Healthcare Facilities and only allowing the following:
For patients admitted to Brown County Hospital – Only two immediate family members (parents, spouse, and children) per patient visiting at a time.
For patients in the Brown County Hospital Emergency Department – One immediate family member (parents, spouse, children) per patient visiting at a time.
For all other services – One immediate family member (parents, spouse, and children) will be allowed to accompany each patient at a time.
For patients in isolation – visitation will be limited to one adult immediate family member (18 years or older) per patient, per day. These visitors will also be required to wear personal protective equipment and will not be permitted to visit common areas within the facility.
All visitors and patients, including vendors and contractors, will be screened at designated entry points, including the Emergency Department.
All visitors and patients will need to stay with the patient and are not allowed to move freely around the hospital (or not be permitted to visit common areas within the facility.)
As your healthcare provider, we are doing everything we can to protect the health and safety of our patients, staff, visitors and the community and to prevent the potential spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This situation is changing on an ongoing basis and we will continue to update you as new and pertinent information is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other agencies.
Thank you for choosing Brown County Hospital as your healthcare provider of choice.
CHI COVID-19 Survey
CHI Health has developed a two-step process to help those in the community who are worried they may have COVID-19. The first step is to go to CHIHealth.com and click on “Take Questionnaire” where you will find three short questions. How those questions are answered will determine what happens next. You may be directed to more information, to Virtual Care or to our Help Line. Calling that number that will connect you with a CHI Health employee who will collect additional information and contact a physician or advanced practice provider. The health care provider will call you back within 30 minutes to determine what needs to happen next.
In addition, here is an informational video on behalf of CHI: What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Dr. Renuga Vivekanandan, featuring one of our infectious disease physicians who talks about COVID-19 and, I think, brings some calm to the situation.