If you have questions or think you may have symptoms of COVID-19 call your primary care provider or the hospital at 308-762-6660 or the Panhandle Public Health District hotline at 308-262-5764.

If you are in need of immediate medical attention please go to the ER. 

What to do if you're sick with COVID-19.

As COVID-19 situation continues to rapidly change, BBGH is actively working to keep operations running as effectively and safely as possible. Stay up to date with accurate information from the CDC website. This is where BBGH finds all the information shared with the public.

Know the facts.

Guidelines to the public: 

  • Visit the emergency room if it is essential. Help keep those with critical needs from exposure.
  • Stay home if sick. Testing is not widely available.
  • Practice good personal hygiene. Frequent hand washing, coughing into elbow, avoid touching face.
  • Socially distance. Protect those who might not recover as easily. 
  • Wear a mask in public (make your own here)
  • Follow Nebraska's Directed Health Measures

COVID-19 and you.

Visitor Restrictions:

Box Butte General Hospital & GNMSS have updated restrictions in an effort to balance care with the directed health measures:

  • Emergency Department needing special assistance – one support person
  • Labor & Delivery – one support person
  • Pediatric or minor patient – two parents/guardians/responsible adults
  • Dependent adult needing special assistance – one guardian
  • Outpatient needing support – one support person if necessary
  • Patient receiving end-of-life care – evaluated case-by-case
  • For the safety of patients, visitors and hospital employees, there will be no support persons for patients with a pending COVID-19 test, or with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis
  • Swing bed patient care conferences- one support person
  • Swing bed patient outdoor visits- one or more support person(s), no minors
  • Get the latest news from BBGH here.

Cancellations & Closures:

  • All support groups
  • The Gift Box

For 55+

  • Older adults are at higher risk
  • People with serious underlying medical conditions such as: heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes are at higher risk
  • Protect yourself. Clean and disinfect frequently. 

What you can do.


For Parents:

  • Create a plan of action, contact your neighbors, create a list of businesses or organizations that can help you, create an emergency contact list, choose a room in the house to designate to sick family members. Review this checklist from the CDC.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces such as: door handles, light switches, desks, toilets, and sinks with household cleaners will help cut down on the spread of germs. 
    • Wash drinking glasses after single use, feed those who are ill in a separate area, wash hands immediately after throwing trash away or doing the laundry of those who are sick.

Information on Children and COVID-19.


Managing mental health:

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call 911 or the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517).

Coping with stress during infectious disease outbreaks.

Things you can do to support yourself:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
  • Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.

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