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COVID-19 Updates and News

COVID-19 Updates and News

Please check this page regularly for the latest information and updated news.

Winnebago Comprehensive Healthcare System has been taking many important steps to further protect the health and safety of the community. These steps, among others, have included implementing a limited visitor policy within the hospital, increasing the frequency of cleaning facilities, making certain services available remotely, implementing a drive-thru pharmacy, and placing staff on telework status when possible.

As of December 16th, 2020:WCHS received an initial limited supply of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. In accordance with the CDC’s distribution plan, the COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed in three phases.  The first phase of distribution is reserved for front-line healthcare workers. As supplies increase, vaccines will be made available for other essential workers, high-risk individuals, and finally the general population.  More information will be released soon regarding the remaining phases of distribution. Please visit our Facebook pages and this website for more information.

Common Signs or Symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever of  higher than 100.4 F
  • New onset shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
  • New onset of sustained persistent nonproductive cough (a dry cough lasting longer than 24 hours)
  • New onset of loss of taste or smell
  • Two or more of the following prolonged (symptom(s) lasting for longer than 24 hours) and unexplained (no other reasonable cause) symptoms:
    • Sore throat
    • Sustained (longer than 2 hours) chills or repeated shaking with chills
    • Headache
    • Muscle pain
    • Congestion and/or runny nose
    • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
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COVID-19 is a respiratory illness with no known cure or vaccine. Winnebago community members experiencing shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, and cough are urged to call the COVID-19 Hotline at (402) 922-1508. Per Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, it is recommended that individuals stay home except to get necessary medical care. Individuals with underlying conditions, such as diabetes or those with compromised immune systems are the most high-risk for contracting the virus.

Prevention measures include washing your hands often with soap and water for at least twenty seconds each time and routinely cleaning frequently touches surfaces. Other recommendations include social distancing, wearing a mask in public, and remaining at least 6 feet away from each other with groups of no more than 10 people.

For more on COVID-19 and additional resources, please visit the CDC website.

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225 S. Bluff Street
PO Box HH
Winnebago, NE 68071
402-878-2231

A Division of Winnebago Comprehensive Healthcare System

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225 S. Bluff St
P.O. Box HH
Winnebago, NE 68071
402-878-2231

A Division of Winnebago Comprehensive Healthcare System