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Great Plains Health urges the public to remain vigilant

Continuing safe practices to fight the virus
Health experts at Great Plains Health urge people to continue safe practices to help fight the coronavirus. (Source: CNN)
Health experts at Great Plains Health urge people to continue safe practices to help fight the coronavirus. (Source: CNN)
Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 6:35 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Great Plains Health would like to urge the public to continue practicing social distancing and other safety measures as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

As COVID-19 numbers rise across the nation, Great Plains Health reminds the public to limit their exposure to the virus by following public health guidelines, such as wearing a mask or face covering, maintaining a social distance of six feet from others and practicing good hand hygiene.

With summer travel on the rise and events, such as weddings and graduations increasing, hospital officials ask for the public’s help in reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Great Plains Health is maintaining precautionary measures such as:

· All individuals, including staff, entering Great Plains Health facilities, must wear a mask or other face covering.

· Limited visitor policy.

· Screening all visitors, staff and vendors entering the facility.

· All surgery staff is tested for COVID-19 and confirmed negative before participating in any procedure.

· Patients scheduled for elective surgical procedures, in-house sleep studies or pulmonary function tests (PFT) are tested for COVID-19 and a negative result is required before proceeding.

· Staff in all Great Plains Health facilities that provide direct patient care wear masks and goggles or face shields.

· Waiting areas accommodate six-foot social distancing.

· Extra cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surface areas will continue.

· Infectious patients are cared for in isolation, away from non-infectious patients.

· COVID-19 testing on surgery staff, respiratory therapy, diagnostic imaging and other staff in high-risk areas.

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