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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

As of last week, there have been confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nebraska. In response, Cozad Community Health System is prepared to handle any suspected or confirmed cases, but is asking for the communities help in preventing the spread.

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in some affected areas. Symptoms of Covid-19 can appear 2-14 days after an individual is exposed and can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. These symptoms can range from mild to severe with the majority of confirmed cases (greater than 80%) only developing mild symptoms. Coronavirus, (COVID-19) is a mutated strain of a common viral respiratory disease which presents very similar symptoms to influenza.

If community members suspect that they may be sick, CCHS asks that patients first call the Cozad Community Medical Clinic at 308-784-3535 before coming in. Patients who have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, should seek care immediately. Older patients and individuals who have underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their physician early in the course of even a mild illness.

People can help protect themselves with everyday good health habits and taking preventative actions such as:

*Stay at home when you are sick.

*Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

*Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

*Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to

  the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. (If soap and

  water is not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  Always wash your hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.)      

*Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household   

   spray or wipe.

Preparedness and actively performing good health habits can and will help us all prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. CCHS is prepared for COVID-19, but we ask for everyone’s help with its containment.

CCHS is also partnering with Two Rivers Health Department to track COVID-19 and ask if you have traveled or feel you have been exposed, please self-report to Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services at or Two Rivers Public Health Department at 888-669-7154.

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