Area COVID-19 deaths reach 74; J&J vaccine paused over blood clot concerns (4/13/21)McCOOK, Neb. -- Some 9,300 Southwest Nebraskans have received the COVID-19 vaccine, and 74 deaths have been reported in the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department district. The department received 1000 doses of the Moderna vaccine and 200 doses of Johnson & Johnson last week, but today authorities have paused administration of the latter over concerns about a rare and severe type of blood clot diagnosed in a Nebraska resident...
Tri Valley to have vaccines available next week (4/9/21)CAMBRIDGE, Neb. — Tri Valley Health System has 40 doses of the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine available for: Individuals 18 years and older. This vaccination clinic will be held on Thursday, April 15th from 4:30 pm-5:30 pm. This clinic is limited to the first 40 to sign up. The vaccination clinic will be held at Cambridge Community Building (722 Patterson Street, Cambridge, NE 69022)...
County health department opens COVID-19 shots to 18 and above (3/26/21)McCOOK, Neb . -- The Red Willow County Health Department is now vaccinating all ages 18 and older with no requirement of underlying medical conditions, with the Moderna vaccine. Call 308-345-1790 to get on the list to be scheduled for an appointment...
Vaccines opened to 50 and over (3/16/21)McCOOK, Neb. -- COVID-19 vaccinations have been opened to anyone 50 years and older, testing is mostly in nursing homes and assisted living centers, and some patients are being treated for COVID-19 symptoms without being tested, according to the latest update from the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department...
COVID vaccination effort continues in Southwest Nebraska (3/4/21)McCOOK, Neb. - Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) received 900 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine last week, which brings the total Moderna distribution to 6,400 doses for southwest Nebraska. The number of names on the vaccine waiting list has gone from nearly 6,000 in early January down to a couple hundred as of the beginning of March...
Community Hospital stops offering TestNebraska service (3/1/21)McCOOK, Neb. –After eight months of partnership, and more than 1,400 tests completed, Community Hospital has stopped offering the TestNebraska service. This service is still available throughout the state. Those in need of testing, please visit www.testnebraska.com for dates and times in the area...
Vaccine doses double (2/18/21)McCOOK, Neb. -- Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) received 1100 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine last week, which was more than double the amount received in previous weeks for the health district. The extra doses were quickly put into use and allowed SWNPHD and their partners to make good progress on getting vaccine to those on the waiting list...
Community Hospital assisting SWNPHD with vaccinations (2/11/21)1McCOOK, Neb. —Community Hospital began helping Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department with COVID-19 vaccinations to the public on Jan. 28, according to Sharon Conroy, RN, Community Hospital Infection Preventionist. Since then, closed vaccination pods will be planned weekly...
New COVID-19 cases drop below 100, first time since October (2/3/21)McCOOK, Neb. — New COVID-19 cases have dropped below 100 for the week for the first time since October, according to Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department officials While the number of new cases is still high — 71 — it comes as a relief to public health workers and the hospitals and clinics who have been under a heavy burden since the fall wave began...
Online vaccine help is available (1/15/21)McCOOK, Neb. -- The McCook E-Free Church is offering a location and volunteers to assist anyone who is unable to sign up online for the COVID-19 vaccine. Volunteers will be available from 9 a.m. t0 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, through Thursday, Jan. 21. An appointment is not required, so stop by at your convenience...
SWNPHD following state guidance for vaccine rollout (1/12/21)McCOOK, Neb. -- Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department is following the rollout plan for COVID vaccinations as directed by Nebraska’s governor and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rollout plan is divided into phases, and the first phase has 3 sections called 1A, 1B, and 1C. ...
SWNPHD working with local providers on vaccinations (1/8/21)McCOOK, Neb. -- Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) is working with local partners to provide access to an online COVID-19 vaccination waiting list. There are many people interested in receiving the COVID vaccine, which is encouraging to those working to slow the spread of the virus. ...
SWNPHD: Be patient about COVID vaccines (12/29/20)1McCOOK, Neb. -- With state officials worried holiday gatherings will result in a spike in COVID-19 cases in the coming days, the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department is working with state and local public health officials and healthcare providers to distribute the recently approved vaccines...
Community Hospital staff receives 'Doses of Hope' vaccine (12/23/20)McCOOK, Neb. —Community Hospital was excited to begin inoculating the first “doses of hope” of COVID-19 vaccine to healthcare staff on Tuesday. The allotment of vaccine arrived from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services just after lunch. Staff began receiving inoculations one and a half hours later...
Officials working out details for vaccine distribution (12/21/20)McCOOK, Neb. -- While newly approved COVID-19 vaccines will soon be arriving in Southwest Nebraska, the general public will have to wait a while before receiving them. Instead, front-line medical providers will be first in line so they stay healthy to care for the rest of us...
School: Small gatherings causing spread (12/11/20)3McCOOK, Neb. — Students gathering together outside of school is causing an uptick in the number of quarantine cases at McCook Public Schools. According to the school district’s website (mccookbison.org), a “sizable” number of students are in quarantine at McCook Public Schools due to “peer interaction.”...
Community Hospital continues to administer drugs to prevent COVID-19 hospitalizations (12/9/20)McCOOk, Neb. —Community Hospital’s supply of monoclonal antibody drugs to help prevent COVID-19 hospitalizations continues to remain steady, according to Anthony Rodewald, Director of Pharmacy. The two medications available were authorized for emergency use from the FDA in November for the treatment of COVID-19. They are currently being allocated by the federal government...
Officials: COVID-19 safety not just wearing mask (12/8/20)1Official: COVID-19 safety not just wearing a mask McCOOK, Neb. -- There’s more to protecting yourself and others to the COVID-19 virus than wearing a mask, according to the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department. Washing hands, staying home when sick and other measures work better in combination than any single act such as wearing a mask, SWNPHD officials remind...
Additional COVID-19 testing dates announced (12/1/20)McCOOK, Neb. -- With the Community Risk Dial in the Red, health officials are asking residents to stay at home whenever possible. In the case of essential errands, residents are asked to wear a mask or face covering. Southwest Nebraska Public Health District had 303 new cases of COVID-19 Nov. 24 to Nov. 30 at noon. That includes Chase 24, Dundy 7, Frontier 16, Furnas 39, Hayes 6, Hitchcock 21, Keith 71, Perkins 22, Red Willow 97...
Residents urged to continue using TestNebraska drive-through events at Red Willow County Fairgrounds (11/25/20)Residents urged to continue using TestNebraska drive-through events at Red Willow Fairgrounds McCOOK, Neb. -- Residents of Nebraska are encouraged to continue using the free TestNebraska program to test for COVID-19. Community Hospital has added drive-through TestNebraska events on Wednesdays in December and January from 8 to 10 AM at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds Merchant building. Dates are December 2, 16, 30 and January 13 and 27...
Schools may be safest place for kids (11/24/20)McCOOK, Neb. — The COVID-19 Risk Dial remains at orange (elevated) for McCook Public Schools, although the risk dial for the community is higher. That’s because the public school system in McCook has its own risk dial, under the guidance of the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department, said McCook Public Schools Superintendent Grant Norgaard...
Medical staff ‘tired, stressed,’ but determined to help (11/13/20)1McCOOK, Neb. -- Like medical workers across the state, Community Hospital’s staff is “tired and stressed,” by dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic but “they are ready and willing to continue to do what is asked of them because they are so dedicated to their community and hospital,” said Troy Bruntz, president and CEO...
New statewide DHMs in place (11/10/20)McCOOK, Neb. -- Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department has received updated Directed Health Measures for the health district that will apply to all counties in Nebraska. Some of the changes include 25% capacity for indoor gatherings and events, 6 feet required between groups of 8 people or less in any setting, and masks required for any indoor business where people will be closer than 6 feet for 15 minutes or more. These changes will be in effect from November 11th to November 30th, 2020...
Schools lauded for effort, community spread continues (11/3/20)McCOOK, Neb. -- Schools are getting an “A” in their effort to prevent spread of COVID-19 but the rest of us may deserve a failing grade, according the public health officials. The Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department reported 192 new cases and one death Oct. 27-Nov. 2, for a total of 947 cases reported and 551 recovered...
MHS reports 9 active cases (10/28/20)McCOOK, Neb. — McCook Public Schools reported 9 active cases on its daily COVID-19 tracker with 65 students or staff currently quarantined and 16 recovered. The breakdown includes 3 active, 7 recovered and 31 quarantined at McCook High School, 3 active, 4 recovered and 10 quarantined at McCook Junior High, 1 active, 1 recovered and 6 quarantined at Central Elementary, and no active, 2 recovered and 18 quarantined at McCook Elementary...
Links to follow
- Center for Disease Control
- Community Hospital Coronavirus preparedness
- Community updates from Dr. Bob Rauner - Youtube channel
- COVID-19 Nebraska Cases by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
- John Hopkins Coronavirus Map
- Ne Dept of Econ Dev COVID-19
- Nebraska Chamber Coronavirus update
- Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services
- Southwest Nebraska Health Department
- Employee Rights - Paid Sick Leave & Expanded Family & Medical Leave
- Employer Fact Sheet Short Term Compensation
- SBA-Ne Fact Sheet-Economic injury disaster loans
- covid 19 infographic en 1
- Workplace tips for employees
- COVID-19 Business Preparedness Checklist
- 15 days to slow the spread
- CDC-COVID19 symptoms
- CDC-What to do if you are sick with COVID-19
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