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 information shared with the public.
Guidelines to the public:
- Visit the emergency room if it is essential. Help keep those with critical needs from exposure.
- Know the facts.
- Practice frequent hand washing, coughing into an elbow, avoid touching the 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.
- Find frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine here.
- Sign up to receive the vaccine here. Vaccines are available in the panhandle for anyone now 12 and older with the update to Pfizer’s Emergency Use Authorization. Anyone desiring a vaccine can schedule register at https://vaccinate.ne.gov/. GNMSS is offering vaccinations on Tuesdays. All the pharmacies in Alliance are now taking most of the appointments in Alliance, along with Alliance Children’s clinic offering vaccinations! Links can be found at www.pphd.org on the home page.
Box Butte General Hospital & GNMSS have updated visitor restrictions in an effort to balance care with the directed health measures:
- All evening and nighttime visitors report through the Emergency Department entrance to ensure they are screened (6 p.m.- 6 a.m.)
- Inpatients continue to have 1 visitor at a time, but visitors can change throughout the day, so long as it is only 1 visitor at a time
- Get the latest news from BBGH here.
Cancellations & Closures:
- All support groups
- The Gift Box- hours vary
- The Lunch Box
- 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.
- 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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