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      Current Positive Cases in Kimball County Warrant Concern with Health Officials

      Panhandle Public Health District can confirm there is a total of six cases in Kimball County with the addition of three people confirmed positive for COVID-19 on April 2, a female in her 40s, and two males in their 60s.

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      Panhandle Public Health District can confirm there is a total of six cases in Kimball County with the addition of three people confirmed positive for COVID-19 on April 2, a female in her 40s, and two males in their 60s.

      The case investigations for the two Kimball County cases released on April 1 are continuing. Close contacts have been quarantined and are being actively monitored twice daily for fever and respiratory symptoms by public health officials. Contacts that are currently showing symptoms are being tested. The list of potential exposure sites are noted below.

      With guidance from Nebraska State Epidemiologists, the recommendation is that everyone in Kimball County check their temperature twice a day and monitor for sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, or diarrhea and, if possible, self-quarantine.

      If you have or develop any symptoms, please self-isolate away from other household members and contact your healthcare provider or public health to be tested. Please call before going to any healthcare facility.

      Kimball Health Services has announced that one of the cases is a health care administrative employee, not involved in direct patient care. KHS has been implementing strategies over the last month to mitigate the risk of possible exposures. This case does not change how they will be doing work, just enforces why they have been taking the precautions they have been.

       

      KHS will be adjusting their hours starting April 6.

      KHS clinics will be open as follows
      Pine: 8a-4p, Monday – Friday
      Kimball Clinic 9a-5p, Monday – Friday, and 7a-3p on Saturday
      Specialty Clinics are suspended at this time
      *Please remember that during Business hours (7a-5p) you will need to use the West Entrance to come into the building.
      *Anything after 5p should present to the ER doors for admittance.

      “We are working diligently to reduce the spread across the Panhandle and need your help to halt the spread in Kimball,” Kim Engel, Director, Panhandle Public Health District.  “Staying home is the only way to halt spread in the community.” 

      Exposure locations include and are not limited to, the following:

      Location Timeframe
      Good Times @ Chute # 7
      109 W 2nd St
      Kimball NE
      March 9 5:30p-12a
      March 10 6p-7p
      March 11 6p-2a
      March 12 6p-7p
      March 16 5:30p-6:30p, 10p-12p
      March 21 6:30p-8:30p
      Nebraska Coffee
      607 E 3rd St
      Kimball NE
      March 10 4:30p-5:30p
      Main Street Market
      815 E 3rd
      Kimball NE
      March 13 5p-6p
      March 23 5p-6p
      Vince’s Corner
      100 E 3rd St
      Kimball NE
      March 13 12:30p-1:30p
      March 17 6p-7p
      Beer and Loathing
      206 S Chestnut St
      Kimball, NE
      March 16 6:30p - 10 p
      Dollar General
      215 W 2nd St
      Kimball NE
      March 17 10a-11a
      March 18 5p-6p
      March 23 5p-6p

      Additional protective measures:
      • Practice good hand hygiene, including frequent and thorough hand washing and proper use of hand sanitizer
      • Avoid touching your face, including your eyes, nose, and mouth
      • Practice social distancing – no closer than 6 feet from others
      For all Panhandle community exposure sites visit: http://www.pphd.org/potential_community_exposure_sites.html.

      Panhandle Public Health District, Region 21, 22, and 23 Emergency Management, and Scotts Bluff County Health Department are working as a unified command on this evolving situation. Essential updates will be regularly communicated to the public and community partners.

      For the most up to date information from the CDC, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

      Panhandle Public Health District is working together to improve the health, safety, and quality of life for all who live, learn, work, and play in the Panhandle.  Our vision is that we are a healthier and safer Panhandle Community. Visit our website www.pphd.org.

       

      Panhandle COVID-19 Unified Command Announces Two More Positive Cases in Kimball County

      Panhandle Public Health District confirmed two people residing in Kimball County are confirmed positive for COVID-19, a female in her 40s and a male in his 50s.

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      Contact investigations are underway to identify people who may have come into close contact with the individual for the past 14 days to help prevent further spread. All identified close contacts will self-quarantine and be actively monitored twice daily by public health officials for fever and respiratory symptoms. More details will be released when available.

      The presence of one COVID-19 case in the community suggests the possibility that more patients will be diagnosed. For your health, please follow these guidelines:

      • Practice good hand hygiene, including frequent and thorough hand washing and proper use of hand sanitizer
      • Avoid touching your face, including your eyes, nose, and mouth
      • Be sure you have all needed medications and supplies on hand as if you were preparing for a severe snowstorm
      • Practice social distancing – no closer than 6 feet from others
      • Individuals that test positive for COVID-19 or who have a fever of 100.4 or above, or a sudden onset of a cough or sudden onset of shortness of breath, and individuals who live with a person that has tested positive for COVID-19, must home-quarantine for no less than 14 days from the date of positive test or onset of symptoms and isolation

      Panhandle Public Health District, Region 21, 22, and 23 Emergency Management, and Scotts Bluff County Health Department are working as a unified command on this evolving situation. Important updates will be regularly communicated to the public and community partners.

      For the most up to date information from the CDC, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

      Panhandle Public Health District is working together to improve the health, safety, and quality of life for all who live, learn, work and play in the Panhandle.  Our vision is that we are a healthier and safer Panhandle Community. Visit our website www.pphd.org.

      First Positive COVID-19 case in Kimball County - Preparation Continues

      Panhandle Public Health District has confirmed that a Kimball County man has tested positive for COVID-19. Click here for the complete press release.

      Meanwhile, the hospital continues to restrict visitors and is funneling patients and staff to the main west entrance, where all are screened for symptoms at the door. Access to the hospital’s north campus is limited to staff only.

      As a precaution, hospital staff erected a MASH-style screening tent on the east side of the hospital on Monday. “If we would get into having larger numbers of patients, we want to be able to screen them in the tent prior to them going into the hospital,” said hospital CEO Ken Hunter. “We’re watching it closely and I think we’re as prepared as we can be."

      Patients use main door (west) & visitor access restricted

        Kimball Health Services continues to take measures to keep our patients and staff safe.  With concerns over COVID-19 we ask that all patients enter the hospital and clinic through the main door on the west side of the building.  All other entrances are locked and visitors are not allowed at this time.  If you need to go to the emergency room - you may ring the bell at the ER door for admission.   Our North Campus location is also restricting access to visitors at this time.  If you need assistance with your bills, please call the Patient Accounting Office at 308-235-1990.  For assistance with medical records, please call Medical Records department at 308-235-1968.   Thank you for your cooperation. 

      image of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)Local health officials remain vigilant for Coronavirus

      Health providers and staff at Kimball Health Services and the Pine Bluffs Health Clinic remain vigilant for signs of COVID-19 and are taking precautionary measures should the virus make an appearance in the area.

      “There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Kimball Health Services area, nor do we know of any person who has expressed concern about exposure,” Broomfield said. “But there has been much public speculation. We continue to follow the advice of public health officials to protect the health and well-being of our community. We encourage you to be cautious of rumors and speculation on social media or from other sources were factual information is not provided.”

      The best, most timely source of Coronavirus information is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. This information is updated daily.

      Meanwhile, the hospital is taking precautionary measures against the virus should the need arise, including taking the temperature of everyone entering the facility.

      “Don’t be alarmed if you see people being screened at the doors,” said Jess Webb, clinic director and emergency preparedness coordinator at KHS. “We need to make sure we keep people in the hospital safe.”

      “If you feel you may have contracted the coronavirus or have symptoms that are similar to the coronavirus (shortness of breath, fever especially over 101 degrees and coughing), please call either the Kimball or our Pine Bluffs clinic before you come in,” added Ken Hunter, CEO at Kimball Health Services. “We will direct where and how to get tested. But please call first before coming in.”

      The Kimball clinic number is (308) 235-1966; the Pine Bluffs clinic number is (307) 245-3666.  Both facilities will continue to work closely with local and state officials to monitor COVID-19, Broomfield said.

      COVID-19 information specific to the Nebraska Panhandle is on the Panhandle Public Health District/Panhandle Regional Medical Response website or the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website. Those with specific questions or concerns about COVID-19 should call Panhandle Public Health at 308-632-5764.

      Wyoming residents should refer to the Wyoming Department of Health website and CDC website for the most accurate and timely information.

      “We have received questions about upcoming surgeries, procedures, treatments and appointments,” Broomfield added. “Currently, because there are no cases of the virus at KHS, all are still being held as planned. However, we are closely monitoring this situation, which is constantly changing, and are looking at all upcoming interactions. We will communicate any cancellations as soon as we know them.”


      Kimball Health Services Receives 2019 Performance Leadership Award in Quality

      The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed that there are no cases of COVID-19 in the Panhandle. The test result for the patient at Regional West has come back negative for COVID-19.

      Panhandle Public Health District continues to monitor the unfolding COVID-19 epidemic to anticipate its impact on the Panhandle. We are working as a unified command with Region 21, 22, and 23 Emergency Managers, and Scotts Bluff County Health Department on this evolving situation. We will continue to communicate important updates to the public and our partners. The CDC is putting out updated guidance daily; for the most up to date information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

      We recommend that you call public health (308-262-5764) if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Please call before seeking health care. Public health is working with health care providers, the state health department, and CDC to determine if there is a need to be tested for COVID-19.

      Residents are also encouraged to review their family preparedness plans in the event that coronavirus disease 2019 continues to spread in the United States.

      People can help protect themselves from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections by:

      • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
      • Avoid close contact with sick people and stay home if you are sick. Social distancing has been key in reducing spread.
      • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.
      • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

      The CDC does NOT currently recommend the general public use facemasks.

      PPHD is working with state health officials to continue to take action to prevent the spread of disease and protect the health of Nebraskans, including:

      • Sharing the latest guidance and information with hospitals, health care providers, first responders, and local and state labs. We have been holding weekly updates with hospitals and clinics.
      • Assessing our health care system’s readiness to identify, monitor, and treat patients with coronavirus disease 2019.
      • Engaging in active and ongoing communication with state and federal partners as part of the overall national response to this emerging public health threat.
      • Reviewing and enhancing response plans with emergency management and partners to be ready for the detection of COVID-19 in the panhandle.
      • With the state and other local health department partners, we have a system in place to track and monitor cases in an effort to immediately detect secondary cases and minimize the potential for ongoing, undetected, person-to-person transmission. There are no cases in the Panhandle.

      To learn more about COVID-19, go to https://www.cdc.gov/covid19.

      PPHD will keep you posted in this quickly changing environment.

      Panhandle Public Health District is working together to improve the health, safety, and quality of life for all who live, learn, work and play in the Panhandle. Our vision is that we are a healthier and safer Panhandle Community. Visit our website www.pphd.org.

      As part of National Rural Health Day, Kimball Health Services today announced it has been recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in quality. Based on the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX from iVantage Health Analytics, the Performance Leadership Awards reflect top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the United States in the areas of quality, outcomes or patient perspective.

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      As part of National Rural Health Day, Kimball Health Services today announced it has been recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in quality. Based on the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX from iVantage Health Analytics, the Performance Leadership Awards reflect top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the United States in the areas of quality, outcomes or patient perspective.

      “To be recognized in the top 25 percent in the nation for quality is indeed an honor,” said Ken Hunter, CEO at Kimball Health Services. “Every day, our staff demonstrates our commitment to delivering quality care and it’s nice to see them be recognized for their work.”  

      The Hospital Strength INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Leveraging data from publicly available data sources, the INDEX aggregates data from 50 rural-relevant metrics across eight pillars of performance. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2020, the INDEX serves as the data foundation for a number of industry-leading rural recognition programs and legislative initiatives.

      “National Rural Health Day has come to symbolize not just the vital role healthcare providers play in rural communities, but the dedication and hard work that goes into overcoming the unique healthcare challenges that exist across rural America,” said Teryl Eisinger, Chief Executive Officer, NOSORH. “We are proud of the work of the State Offices of Rural Health, their partners and rural hospitals do to improve care across the nation.”

      Kimball Health Services is a non-profit rural Nebraska hospital, owned by the citizens of Kimball County and committed to providing quality, patient-centered care. The hospital and on-campus clinic in Kimball and the clinic in Pine Bluffs, Wyo. offer state-of-the-art technology, access to specialty referral sources and a warm, caring environment. Services include hospital outpatient care, inpatient care, surgery, a 24-hour emergency room, multiple specialty clinics and service to the local nursing home.

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