Covid-19 Information

COVID-19

News Releases:
WHMS has Coronavirus Preparedness Plan (3/9/20)
WHMS and GSFH Increase Screening Precautions for COVID-19 (3/13/20)
COVID-19 Response Update from WHMS (3/23/20)
WHMS Postpones Nonessential Procedures (3/30/20)

“The health and well-being of our patients and employees is our number one priority. That’s why our healthcare team is actively monitoring the situation. We believe in proactive planning and preparedness. Prevention is our best defense.” - Ashley J. Rivera, Chief Executive Officer at West Holt Medical Services

West Holt Medical Services (WHMS) has been closely monitoring updates on the coronavirus COVID-19 and is prepared to respond should the virus reach the area. A Coronavirus Preparedness Plan has been developed based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Hospital Association and other Nebraska hospitals.

The Infection Prevention Coordinator and the Senior Leadership Team receive daily updates and protocols from the CDC and North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) to ensure WHMS remains current with prevention and treatment recommendations for persons with COVID-19.

To ensure that we are prepared and maintaining the health and well-being of our patients and employees, the following precautions have been implemented at the WHMS.

Nonessential Procedures / Elective Surgeries
We have temporarily postponed all elective surgeries and nonessential procedures at this time.  WHMS will allow procedures and surgeries for patient’s whose condition is emergent or urgent as determined by their medical provider.

Specialty Clinic Visits
WHMS has temporarily suspended all in-person specialty clinic appointments. Some specialties are being offered through Telemedicine. Anyone with questions about an upcoming appointment or procedure at WHMS should call (402) 925-2811. 

Screening Precautions
You will notice additional signage throughout the facility to remind visitors and patients to be aware of their symptoms and to call us before entering the facility if they have a fever, cough or sore throat. Individuals who come to WHMS will be asked a series of questions to determine if they have signs, symptoms, or indicators associated with COVID-19. 

If you are experiencing a fever of more than 100 degrees, cough, and/or shortness of breath, or have traveled to an area of known COVID-19 exposure, call WHMS at (402) 925-2811 (option 2) prior to coming in to our facility. Our trained staff members will guide you from there.

Retail Pharmacy Changes
The Retail Pharmacy is not offering walk-in services at this time. Please use our drive thru option to pick up your prescriptions. We also offer free prescription delivery for home-bound patients in Atkinson and prescription mailing services. If you need over-the-counter medication or supplies, please call ahead to check on availability.

3 easy ways to refill your prescriptions:
1. Online
2. Rx2Go app for your mobile device (easiest and fastest)
3. Call in your refill at (402) 925-2651

Our voice and text reminders will notify you when your prescriptions are ready. Use our convenient drive-up window located at 313 W Pearl Street in Atkinson to pick up your medication. Drive-thru hours are Monday–Friday, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm.

Hospital Visitors
All visitors must check-in at the registration desk or the nurse’s station. Patients may only have 1 well visitor at a time who is 18 years of age or older. 

For access to the hospital after 5:00 p.m. and on weekends, all patients and visitors should come to the emergency entrance and push the call button. Nursing staff will screen everyone prior to entrance to help decrease the potential exposure to the public and our healthcare team.

COVID-19 Symptoms
Individuals who have contracted the virus will develop the following upper respiratory symptoms within the first few days:

  • cough
  • fever 
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please call the NCDHD hotline at (402) 444-3400.

Prevention
The CDC offers the following tips to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.

  • 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 feeling sick, follow the below tips to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others.

  • 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.
  • Stay away from public events or care facilities including hospitals and clinics.

Resources:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

North Central District Health Department (NCDHD)