Bryan Health preparing to manage possible coronavirus cases

Local health officials say they are actively monitoring take steps to prepare for possible coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. 
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Local health officials say they are actively monitoring take steps to prepare for possible coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.

A team of infection prevention and emergency management specialists at Bryan Health has been meeting regularly since early January when the virus first began to spread.

Hospital leaders have met regularly to receive and review updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Bryan has also implemented response plans for its locations, which consist of identifying travel history and symptoms, isolating patients if necessary, and reporting suspected cases for testing.

Officials have also looked at responses to other infectious diseases such as measles, Ebola, and SARS to prepare for possible spread of coronavirus.

Health officials say some of the best preventative methods include washing your hands, covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth, avoiding contact with sick people, and disinfecting surfaces.

No cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Nebraska at this time.

CHI Health St. Elizabeth is also monitoring coronavirus developments. A spokeswoman sent the following statement to Channel 8 Eyewitness News:

We do want to assure the community that St. Elizabeth is closely monitoring all developments with the coronavirus. We are in contact with local and state authorities as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our staff is following the latest guidance from these public health agencies.

St. Elizabeth manages infectious disease on a regular basis and adheres to policies in place for this purpose. We have the necessary supplies and are prepared to identify, isolate and treat any potential patient who seeks care in our facility. The safety of our patients, employees and physicians is our highest priority.

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