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      Photo Contest Winners Announced

      Kimball Health Services is pleased to announce that Kylie Lohrer’s photo of a cowboy and his horse at sunset was selected as the favorite photo in the 2020 Kimball Health Services Photo Contest. “We received so many great photos, it was hard to narrow it down,” stated Nicole Snyder, Kimball Health Services employee and contest organizer. 

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      Kimball Health Services is pleased to announce that Kylie Lohrer’s photo of a cowboy and his horse at sunset was selected as the favorite photo in the 2020 Kimball Health Services Photo Contest. “We received so many great photos, it was hard to narrow it down,” stated Nicole Snyder, Kimball Health Services employee and contest organizer. The second place photo was taken by Kim Sharples of the abandoned gas station which startles the state line near Pine Bluffs. Kayla Lucas submitted the third placed photo which featured a beautiful sky at sunset. In fourth place was a photo of a gosling taken by Curt Theobald. An image of winter trees place fifth and was submitted by Kerry Ferguson.

      Nearly 25 amateur photographers from the area entered over 170 photos to the contest. Photos were to reflect the area and could include landscapes, nature, industry and structures in the Kimball Health Services and Pine Bluffs Clinic served areas. The photos were judged by the Kimball Health Service Employee Outreach Committee. In addition to the top 5 winners, another 45 photos were selected for display in one of Kimball Health Services buildings over the next year. A listing of the additional images selected is below.

      Winning Images
      Photo Photographer
      Barbed Wire Kylie Lohrer
      Boy and Pony – 1st Kylie Lohrer
      Black & White Cow Paulie Dunnam
      Combine & Grain Cart at Sunset Brandie Wasielewski
      Cottontail Close Up Curt Theobald
      Cow with Snow Kayla Thurin
      Lake Oliver Dani Sharples
      Lake Oliver Sunset Dani Sharples
      Days Gone By Cathy Wolff
      Double Rainbow and Flag Monica Wasielewski
      Sunny Fall Trees Kerry Ferguson
      Fire Department at Night Stephanie Pedersen
      Flume Kerry Ferguson
      Frosty Fence and Cattle Madie Snyder
      Frosty Fence Curt Theobald
      Frosty Old Wheel Madie Snyder
      Frosty Old Pickups Nicole Snyder
      Grain Bins Nicole Snyder
      Horses at Sunset Cheryl Delaplane
      I’ve Got My Eye On You Curt Theobald
      Kimball County Landscape Kim Sharples
      Kimball County Clouds Kim Sharples
      Kimball County Pivot Kim Sharples
      Old Barn Kimball County Kim Sharples
      Blue Roof Kimball County Kim Sharples
      Kimball County Sunset Kim Sharples
      NE WYO Border – 2nd Kim Sharples
      Fire Engine Kim Sharples
      Train Kim Sharples
      Lake Oliver Sunset Kassey Anderson
      Longhorn Side View Kayla Thurin
      Longhorns Kayla Thurin
      Mountain Blue Curt Theobald
      Oil Rig Liz Ferguson
      Pine Bluffs Hills Paulie Dunnam
      Rainbow Over Alfalfa Kerry Ferguson
      Spring in Wyoming Curt Theobald
      Storm Clouds and Trees Kerry Ferguson
      Sunflower Paulie Dunnam
      Sunflower Sunset Elizabeth Daugherty
      Sunrise over Wheat Field Monica Wasielewski
      Sunset at the Ball Field Stephanie Pedersen
      20Sunset Sky Powerlines -3rd Kayla Lucas
      Sunset Through a Fence DeVota Burry
      This is My Good Side Curt Theobald
      Walk This Way Curt Theobald
      When Do I Get Feathers -4th Curt Theobald
      Winter Trees – 5th Kerry Ferguson
      Windmill Road Sunset Kayla Lucas
      Winter Trees Sunset Kerry Ferguson
       
         

      Unmasked Germs Are Pretty Gross

      Droplets spread by speaking while masked or unmasked is a major difference.

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      Droplets spread by speaking while masked or unmasked is a major difference.
      Thirteen more cases announced since last reporting on July 2, including Kimball County woman.

      Unmasked germs are pretty gross. Nebraska Medicine shows this in a recently shared video published by the New England Journal of Medicine. The video demonstrates fluid droplets using laser light scattering. Visualized droplets when someone is masked or unmasked is a major difference. The demonstration can be viewed here: https://tinyurl.com/y844xb5x.

      Nebraska doctors are urging residents to wear a mask to slow the spread of COVID-19. Mask-wearing can be summed up in three points:

      1. COVID-19 is spread by droplets.
      2. Masks prevent droplets from spreading.
      3. Limit the spread of droplets, and you limit the spread of COVID-19.

      Testing opportunities for the week of July 6:
      · Chadron Community Hospital: Mondays & Fridays, 7-9am
          o Testnebraska.com
      · Community Action Health Center in Gering: Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, 7-8am
          o https://tinyurl.com/y7msahzq
      · Morrill County Community Hospital: Daily
          o Call for testing, insurance will be billed
      · Contact your local hospital or clinic for information on testing access.

      Unified Command confirms thirteen more cases of COVID-19 in the Panhandle since last reporting on July 2:
      County
      Demographics
      Exposure Type

      Kimball
      Female in her 40s
      Close Contact

      Morrill
      Male in his 30s
      Close Contact

      Morrill
      Male in his 50s
      Close Contact

      Scotts Bluff
      Female in her 20s
      Close Contact

      Scotts Bluff
      Female in her 30s
      Close Contact

      Scotts Bluff
      Female in her 40s
      Travel

      Scotts Bluff
      Female in her 50s
      Community Spread

      Scotts Bluff
      Female in her 70s
      Close Contact

      Scotts Bluff
      Female in her 80s
      Close Contact

      Scotts Bluff
      Male in his 20s
      Community Spread

      Scotts Bluff
      Male in his 40s
      Close Contact

      Scotts Bluff
      Male in his 80s
      Close Contact

      Sheridan
      Male in his 40s
      Close Contact

      Close contact and exposure are defined as at least 15 minutes, less than six feet apart. There are no community exposure sites identified. The investigations are complete, all close contacts will be quarantined and actively monitored twice daily for fever and respiratory symptoms by public health officials.

      Nineteen new recoveries: one in Cheyenne County, two in Kimball County, twelve in Morrill County, and four in Scotts Bluff County, brings the total recoveries to 218.

      March 2-July 6, 2020

      Total Tests Conducted: 5,620
      Positive: 335
      Cumulative Positivity Rate: 5.8%
      Recovered: 218
      Active Cases: 114
      Active Hospitalizations: 1
      Total Cumulative Hospitalizations: 33
      Deaths: 3

      • Banner County: 2 case (1 active, 1 recovered)
      • Box Butte County: 3 cases (recovered)
      • Cheyenne County: 20 cases (3 active, 17 recovered)
      • Dawes County: 4 cases (2 active, 2 recovered)
      • Garden County: 4 cases (recovered)
      • Kimball County: 13 cases (1 active, 12 recovered)
      • Morrill County: 50 cases (24 active, 26 recovered)
      • Scotts Bluff County: 225 cases (75 active, 147 recovered, 3 deaths)
      • Sheridan County: 8 cases (active)
      • Sioux County: 6 cases (recovered)

      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.

      Masks - "The Best Defense"

      In recent months, the topic of wearing masks has become politically divisive, despite public health guidance that they are the best defense restricting the spread of COVID-19.

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      In recent months, the topic of wearing masks has become politically divisive, despite public health guidance that they are the best defense restricting the spread of COVID-19.

      • “Senator Mitch McConnell says Americans must have no stigma in wearing face masks.” McConnell endorsed wearing face masks as part of a “new middle ground” between a return to normal life and strict coronavirus restrictions. “We need new routines, new rhythms, and new strategies for this new middle ground in between. It’s the task of each family, each small business, each employer, and all levels of government to apply common sense and make this happen,” McConnell said.
      • That same day, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, “every American has a responsibility to wear a mask.”
      • On Sunday, Vice President Pence said, “wearing a mask is just a good idea.”
      • Goldman Sachs analysts found reducing the spread of the virus through mask-wearing could be a substitute for strict lockdown measures that would otherwise shave 5%—or $1 trillion—off the US GDP.Additional heart rhythm problems
      • Inconsistent blood supply
      • “If a face mask mandate meaningfully lowers coronavirus infections, it could be valuable not only from a public health perspective but also from an economic perspective because it could substitute for renewed lockdowns that would otherwise hit GDP,” the researchers wrote.
      • The University of Washington has added projections for what universal masking in the state would do to the daily COVID-19 case count in Nebraska.

      COVID-19 testing is available at Community Action Health Center: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7am-8am. Testing is open to those that are symptomatic or close contact to a positive case. Sign up today https://tinyurl.com/y7msahzq.

      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 have updated our visitation policies.  Patients are limited to having one designated visitor for the full length of their stay at the hospital.  

      Guidelines for visitors include:

      • Wearing a mask at all times while in the Kimball Health Services building. 
      • Visitors must be over the age of 18 years
      • No pets/animals will be allowed
      • Visitation will be limited to one of the following time periods each day 9am-11am, 2pm-4pm, 7pm-9pm.
      • Visitors will be asked to self-quarantine when they are not at the hospital and to follow current CDC and Public Health directives (including restricting travel, avoiding groups larger than 10 people).
      • If the patient is receiving outpatient services, it is expected that their visitor will arrive and leave with the patient, and stay in the treatment area while in the building.
      • Visitors will be screened on entry to Kimball Health Services.  

      Visitors will be asked to sign an agreement to wear a mask when possible, wash their hands frequently, monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and follow other safety guidelines when outside of the hospital.

      We also 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. 

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