Dear PTC families,
We have been monitoring developments of the COVID-19 virus in our community and want to communicate our prevention efforts. Our goal is to keep our patients and staff healthy so that we can continue to provide the best pediatric therapy in the area. Our health and safety procedures at PTC have always been top priority and we will continue to follow all recommendations from the CDC (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). We have drastically increased our daily cleaning and disinfecting efforts to best protect your child/family and our staff during this viral season. We have also implemented vigorous protocols and procedures to further decrease any health risk to our more immunocompromised patients during this time.
Governor Ricketts and the Douglas County Health Department held a recent press conference to provide updates on Nebraska’s first confirmed case of COVID-19. During the press conference, the public was informed that the Nebraska woman participated in a Special Olympics basketball tournament last Saturday that was held at the Fremont YMCA. Several patients of PTC did participate in the tournament. It should be noted that the confirmed woman participated did not participate in the same games as our patients and the risk to other participants is very low per Children’s Hospital. However, it is recommended that these patients self-quarantine. At this time, public health officials have provided no instructions on potential secondary exposure.
We ask that if your child has a therapy appointment scheduled at our office and answer YES to the following questions, please call to reschedule your appointment at 402-932-2782.
COVID-19 symptoms are similar to the cold or flu, and may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus. Be vigilant as severe cases may lead to pneumonia, kidney failure or death.
ANSWER YES/NO TO THE FOLLOWING:
- Cough and sore throat
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Have you or anyone in your household traveled outside the U.S. in the last two weeks?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- See article from CDC: When and How to Wash Your Hands.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
What can you do to help PTC prevent the spread of germs?
Please take your child to the public bathroom prior to entering the waiting room to wash their hands.
For the most up-to-date information on possible vaccines, treatments, FAQs, news and more, please visit the following official health organizations:
We’ll continue to keep you updated via email and social media should the status of our clinic change in the future.