The health and safety of our patients and visitors is a top priority at our facilities. We understand how important the support of loved ones and friends is to patients and residents in our facility. However, COVID-19 requires us to temporarily adjust our visiting policy in order to keep our patients, residents, and visitors safe from infection.

We continue to implement vigorous policies and procedures to address COVID-19 and are following all governmental recommendations as well. If you have any questions about the updated visiting policy, please contact a member of the patient or resident's healthcare team.

Thank you for your understanding and for adhering to these policies to help us keep our patients, residents, families, staff, and visitors protected and healthy during this time.

Perkins County Health Services, Grant Medical Clinic, and Perkins County Family Clinic are currently limiting visitors due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The following restrictions are in place:

     * Hospital Inpatients: no more than 2 healthy adult visitors will be allowed to visit. Close         contact household members/caregivers is preferred. No one under the age of 18 is         allowed in the building unless needing treatment.
     * Emergency Room: no more than 2 healthy adult support persons will be allowed to         accompany the patient into the hospital for an ER visit. Close contact household         members/caregivers is preferred. No one under the age of 18 is allowed in the building         unless needing treatment.
     * Specialty Clinic, Outpatient Services/Procedures, Grant Medical Clinic, and Perkins         County Family Clinic: no more than 2 healthy adult support persons will be allowed to         accompany the patient into the hospital for a specialty clinic or outpatient         appointment/procedure. This includes outpatient clinics, surgery, lab, diagnostic         imaging, and physical therapy. Close contact household members/caregivers is         preferred. No one under the age of 18 is allowed in the building unless needing treatment.
        NOTE: These guidelines do not apply to residents of Long Term Care Facilities or Assisted         Living Facilities.
     * NO VISITORS will be allowed to visit any patient that is in isolation being tested for COVID,         suspected of having COVID, or is positive for COVID.
     * ALL outpatients will be contacted before their outpatient appointments and asked         screening questions.
     * ALL patients and visitors will also be screened for temperature and symptoms upon arrival         at the hospital, Grant Medical Clinic, or Perkins County Family Clinic
     * ALL visitors will be required to wear masks while in the building, and to stay in the patient         room. We are encouraging those that have them, to wear their own face masks.
     * The symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, sore throat, cough, and difficulty breathing.
     * As a patient, your best defense against respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19 and influenza         are social distancing and hand washing.

Golden Ours Convalescent Home and Park Ridge Assisted Living

     * Regarding Plans to Reopening Visitation
        We clearly want to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for your patience in having         maintained ongoing compliance with the Nebraska DHHS and Federal regulations pertaining         to the long-term care and assisted living facility environment. We all know this has been very         challenging for you as families and recognize the importance of your visits with our         residents...your loved ones.

        As other areas in our State are reopening (churches, business ventures, services) we have         had questions about our plan for visitation here at our facility. With this memo, we are         pleased to inform you of the plans we are putting in place with the guidelines issued from         DHHS, our local health department (Southwest Public Health Department - SWPHD), and         Governor Ricketts, as just announced earlier this week.

        The published guidelines outline three phases pertaining to our operations. Facilities have         been operating under Phase I to this point in time. The specifics for visitation from DHHS in         Phase II are outlined below. The facility will need to remain locked because fo the need for         screening, monitoring, and maintaining appropriate precautions.

        Per our jurisdiction within SWPHD, we are allowed to advance out facility to Phase II as of         Monday, June 22. Per MDS assessment, residents experiencing significant changes in         medical or >psychosocial conditions may be allowed to have visitation by a limited number         of family members, as agreed on by family and residents.

        We will progress to Phase III as soon as we have baseline COVID-19 testing conducted on all         direct staff, which will allow all residents to have designated visitors with specific         precautions in place. We have contacted the Nebraska DHHS "Test Nebraska" program to         accomplish this necessary COVID-19 testing. Resident testing is not currently required,         therefore, we will not be conducted at this time. We are very fortunate to live in a county         with no cases to date and deeply appreciate our community's commitment to the social         distancing guidelines.

        We are pleased to be providing this updated information at this time. Should you have any         questions or clarification needed, please contact us directly. The State of Nebraska also         maintains an Ombudsman program to advocate for families and residents. Any questions or         concerns you may have, we do want to let you know of that resources. The telephone         number for the Ombudsman office is (402) 471-2307.

Credible resources for more information on COVID-19

          * Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
          * Centers for Disease Control and Prevention