In response to the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in the area, Kearney Regional Medical Center is taking preventative measures to ensure hospital capacity and community safety.
Over the weekend, inpatient numbers in the COVID unit at Kearney Regional rose from three patients on Friday afternoon to eight patients Monday morning. There is currently one ventilated COVID-19 patient.
Effective Tuesday, August 11th visitors will be limited to:
- One support person per surgical patient
- Only essential visitors in Platte Valley Medical Clinic (caregivers, interpreters, etc.)
- One support person per laboring mother in the Maternity Care Center
- One parent/guardian per NICU baby
Extenuating circumstances will be allowed on a case-by-case basis including pediatric patients and Comfort Cares patients. All visitors must wear a mask and visitor badge for the duration of their visit. They will also be asked to stay in the patient’s room and avoid common areas such as the cafe or lobby.
Dr. Scott Smith, Internal Medicine physician and Director of Medical Affairs at Kearney Regional Medical Center said, “Unfortunately this is going to be a cyclical thing for our community until there’s a vaccine. We will continue to see peaks and valleys in cases. We will adapt our visitor policies in order to keep our patients, staff and community members safe.”
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 please contact Platte Valley Medical Clinic at 308-865-2263 to speak to a nurse. All COVID-19 screenings and appointments are conducted in a separate area of the clinic, away from all well patient appointments. When calling ahead, a nurse will provide directions for parking if needing to be seen at the Respiratory Clinic.
For a full list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding signs and symptoms of COVID-19, testing and treatment options, please visit kearneyregional.com/COVID19.