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Great Plains Health coordinates with local care facilities as COVID-19 cases rise in the region

Great Plains Health coordinates with local care facilities as COVID-19 cases rise in the region

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Great Plains Health coordinates with local care facilities as COVID-19 cases rise in the region

Two medics aid a patient on a stretcher at the rear of the ambulance.

NORTH PLATTE — Great Plains Health is working with local long term care facilities to address the increased number of patients testing positive for COVID-19. The challenge for facilities is to maintain isolation for a large number of residents, staff adequately and receive timely results of testing. This weekend a flare up in one of North Platte’s facilities resulted in patients being placed at Great Plains Health, Gothenburg Health and Ogallala Community Hospital.

“Meeting the needs of our patients and community is our highest priority,” said Mel McNea Great Plains Health chief executive officer. “We are continually evaluating our capacity to ensure that we maintain the safest environment for patients and staff. Great Plains Health is working with area care facilities and hospitals to ensure the organization has the capacity to treat those needing critical care,” said McNea.

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are at an all-time high across the state with that number continuing to rise. Hospitalizations surpassed the previous high set in May of 232 and now sits at 262. Currently, Great Plains Health has 13 patients hospitalized due to complications associated with COVID-19.

"The most important things we can do for all of us and for our community, are to wear masks when out in public settings, maintain social distancing, wash our hands thoroughly and often and stay home when we are sick,” said McNea. These are the things that will stop the spread of this virus."

About Great Plains Health

Great Plains Health in North Platte, Nebraska, is a nonprofit, fully accredited, 116-bed regional referral center serving west Nebraska, northern Kansas and northern Colorado. In total, our primary and secondary service areas span 34 counties, 136,000 lives and approximately 67,832 square miles, about the size of the state of Pennsylvania. With nearly 100 physicians representing over 30 medical specialties, the Great Plains Health system offers advanced medical services, including heart and vascular, cancer, orthopedic services, women's services, and a level III trauma center. The system employs approximately 1,100 employees and has more than 200 volunteers. The range of patient populations served includes neonatal, pediatric, adult, obstetric and geriatric.

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