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The spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19 is serious and due to the unknown regarding the virus, healthcare protocols are changing daily, sometimes hourly. We are committed to making our patients, their loved ones, and our employees aware of the latest information from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) as it is released. Below you will find ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, how to protect yourself and others, what to do if you begin experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Please check back to this site frequently as information will change. Thank you for doing your part to stay safe and prevent the spread.

 

Steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Stay Home

Individuals who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are usually able to recover at home. Please do not leave your home if you are experiencing any of the symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, headache, chills, or sore throat. Call your physician’s office if you have questions. Do NOT visit public areas.

Cover your cough and sneezes

Use a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.

Stay in touch with your physician

Call you physician’s office with questions you may have. Be sure to notify them if your symptoms worsen or if you think your illness may be an emergency.

Wear a facemask when you are in public

The CDC has updated their recommendations and cloth masks should be worn when out in public, this includes our clinics. Please wear a cloth mask to your appointments.  We will be accepting donations of cloth masks at the legacy location, they can be brought to the screening table in that clinic.

Avoid public transportation

Avoid using ride-sharing services, taxis or public buses.

Watch for Symptoms of COVID-19

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed Coronavirus/COVID-19 cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your physician’s office for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency

For the health and safety of our patients and friends in the community, we have temporarily suspended the use of Nebraska Cancer Specialists facilities for events and classes. We appreciate your understanding and will notify you as soon as these events and classes will resume.

When you are at home

Separate yourself from those that are well and those that are ill

Specify a “sick room” for those that are ill. This includes a comfortable place to rest and a bathroom.

Limit contact with pets and other animals

Although there have not been reports of pets becoming sick with COVID-19, it is recommended individuals with the virus limit contact with animals until further information is known. If possible, while you are sick with COVID-19, have another member of your household care for your pet.

Sharing personal household items

DO NOT SHARE: Dishes, cups, drinking glasses, eating utensils, towels, or bedding

Wash thoroughly after each use

All high touch surface areas every day. This includes phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.

Clean and disinfect areas that may contain blood, stool, or other bodily fluids on them

How to disinfect

Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Disinfecting Tips and Safety:

Dilute your household bleach.

  • To make a bleach solution, mix 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
  • Make sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

Alcohol solutions.

  • Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
    Products with EPA-approved pathogens label claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

How to discontinue home isolation

Individuals with COVID-19 who have stayed home can stop home isolation under the following conditions:

If you have not had a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:

  • You have not had a fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers)

AND

  • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)

AND

  • at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared

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If you have been tested to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:

  • You no longer have a fever (without the use medicine that reduces fevers)

AND

  • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)

AND

  • you received two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart. Your doctor will follow CDC guidelines.

 

For more information on the Coronavirus Pandemic, visit https://cdc.gov

 

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Nebraska Cancer Specialists COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

First and foremost, we want to reassure you we are doing everything we can to avoid reducing clinic hours as COID-19 impacts our community. As we all know, cancer care must go on.

Appointments

At this time, there is no disruption in our active treatment schedule and we look forward to seeing you!

Visitors Policy

We are strictly following the recommendations of the CDC and other area health systems and suggesting no visitors accompany patients to their visit unless medically necessary. We understand this is an inconvenience to many of our patients and we will do our best to make accommodations for phone calls during visits for those who would prefer this service. If someone is providing transportation to a visit, we ask that the driver remain in the vehicle for the duration of the appointment. We are not allowing any guests at this time.

Screening

Anyone entering the building will be asked a series of screening questions and will have their temperature taken. If a person is experiencing any one of the COVID-19 symptoms outside of normal treatment side effects, they will be asked to leave the premises. We thank you for your cooperation.

Cleanliness

Our standard cleaning procedures have always used EPA-certified cleaners to ensure top notch cleanliness in all of our clinics. In this heightened situation, we have implemented additional incremental cleaning protocols to increase the frequency of cleaning to ensure we minimize the risk of any germs or viruses. This includes wiping down common surfaces, handwashing and disinfecting, gowns and masks.

Thank you for being a valued patient of Nebraska Cancer Specialists. We will continue to update you as the situation evolves. Please contact us with any questions. We are here for you!