A parent of a student at Chadron Public Schools is being tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Panhandle Public Health District and Chadron Public Schools have been in planning meetings and preparing for this situation. PPHD advised us early this afternoon of the situation and that there was no cause for alarm and that the test results will be released as soon as they are available in 24-48 hours. The parent and student have followed guidance by health officials to self-quarantine. The health care systems followed proper PPE and are not at an increased risk because the parent followed proper procedures and called prior to seeking treatment. If there are any questions please contact PPHD at 308-262-5764.
***UPDATE 3/11/20 7:41AM (The below response was released by the Chadron Community Hospital and PPHD following the above release)
For more information, contact:
Kim Engel, Director , 308-760-2415, [email protected]
Remain calm, protect yourself and your community
The risk for contracting COVID-19 remains low in the Panhandle. There are no known cases at this time. We recommend that you call Panhandle Public Health District (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. Chadron Community hospital asks that you call 308-432-5586 before seeking health care. It is important that health care providers know you are coming so that proper precautions can be in place.
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. 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. 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.