The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) recently issued new guidelines relating to COVID and masking. Beginning Friday, October 7, 2022, MCH will follow the newly published guidelines for healthcare facilities, both at the Blair Campus as well as in outlying clinics in Fort Calhoun and Tekamah. Masking requirements at MCH will follow the Community Transmission Map which will be updated weekly on Friday mornings. Signage and other means of communication, such as social media and the web site will be utilized to communicate the weekly standard.
The following are prevention steps you can take based on the level your community is at.
|Stay up to date on vaccination, including recommended boosters.|
|Avoid contact with people who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.|
|Follow recommendations for isolation if you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.|
|Follow recommendations for what to do if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19.|
|If you are at high risk of getting very sick, talk with a healthcare provider about additional prevention actions.|
|If you are at a high risk of getting sick, wear a high quality mask or respirator when indoors in public.|
|If you have household or social contact with someone at high risk of getting very sick, consider self-testing to detect infection before contact, and consider wearing a high quality mask when indoors.|
|Wear a high quality mask or respirator. If you are at a high risk of getting very sick, consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities in public where you could be exposed.|
|If you are at a high risk of getting very sick, consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities in public where you could be exposed.|
Screenings will discontinue at all entrances at MCH on October 7. Visitors and patients should, however, wear a mask if they have any symptoms of illness or if the community is at a COVID019 risk level that requires a mask.
“Protecting our patients, employees and visitors is our priority,” said Manny Banner, President and CEO of MCH. “We will be as unrestrictive as possible, but it is important that we adhere to the recommendations set forth by the CDC.”