COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS
Nebraska Hematology-Oncology is committed to remaining vigilant in the effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. In order for us to continue offering a safe environment for our patients and staff, we’re asking you to notify us prior to any appointment if you are exhibiting any signs or symptoms common in COVID-19 or if you or a family member has been recently exposed to anyone with COVID-19. When arriving for your appointment, patients and visitors are still required to wear a mask and only one visitor per patient is allowed. Anyone with questions or concerns about COVID-19 should call us at 402-484-4900, ext. 6.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KEEP DOING
For now, if you've been fully vaccinated:
- You should still protect yourself and others in many situations by wearing a mask that fits snugly against the sides of your face and doesn't have gaps. Take this precaution whenever you are in indoor public settings, gathering indoors with unvaccinated people (including children) from more than one other household, or visiting indoors with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 or who lives with a person at increased risk.
- You should still avoid indoor large gatherings.
- If you travel, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others. You will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States. Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the U.S. are still required to get tested within 3 days of their flight (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months) and should still get tested 3-5 days after their trip.
- You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19 especially if you've been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
- You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace.
- People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system should talk to their healthcare provider to discuss their activities. They may need to keep taking all precautions to prevent COVID-19.
For more information about how to protect yourself and others, go to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html.
ABOUT THE COVID-19 VACCINE
As the COVID vaccine becomes available for our patients, the fastest way to receive information from us is via email. To ensure you have an email address on file with us, please call our office at 402-484-4900 and request to add your email to your patient file.
Due to the ever-changing protocols surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine, Nebraska Hematology-Oncology recommends visiting the following sites for the most up-to-date information regarding the rollout of the vaccine to the public. If you have questions regarding how the COVID-19 vaccine may impact your treatment, please contact us at 402-484-4900.
For Lincoln and Lancaster County Residents
or if you live outside of the Lincoln/Lancaster County area, please contact your local health department.
Residents of Lancaster County in Nebraska will be able to sign up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine either online or by phone as described below:
Those without Internet access may call 402-441-8006
Once the vaccine is available, they will be notified and assigned a clinic site.
The world health community continues to monitor and respond to the outbreak of COVID-19. Global efforts at this time are focused concurrently on lessening the spread and impact of this virus. We are taking proactive steps to address these concerns and limit your exposure.
Call NHO First: (402) 484-4900
At this time, we are calling all patients 24 hours before their appointment with precautionary questions. These questions are important to answer as detailed as possible and to the best of your ability to ensure the highest level of safety and preventative measures for staff and the community; we thank you in advance.
Before coming in: The overall objective is to limit exposure. We are urging all patients to call our office prior to their appointment if they have any reason to suspect that they have either been exposed to the coronavirus or if they believe they have symptoms such as fever, difficulty breathing, cough, body aches, headaches, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell.
Visitor Restrictions: Please know visitor restrictions are now in effect at Nebraska Hematology-Oncology, as well as many facilities in Lincoln.
For the safety of all, we continue to limit the number of people coming into the clinic. We are asking that only the patient come to the clinic for their appointment – however, if it is helpful, we will allow one caregiver to accompany you. It is our preference that your visitor also lives in the same household as you - to decrease outside exposure. They must be without symptoms and are required to wear a mask, or they will not be permitted access to the facility.
We understand these visitor restrictions may be difficult for you. While we are committed to providing a family-centered care environment, right now restricting visitors is in the best interest of our patients and staff. Much like you, we are awaiting the return of prior visitor policies once it is safe to do so.
According to the CDC they are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Emergency warning signs are difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse and bluish lips or face. The symptoms appear 2-14 days after exposure.
As a non-primary care facility, Nebraska Hematology-Oncology, is not a testing facility. Please contact our office and we will discuss your symptoms and help facilitate the next course of action.
What if I have symptoms, but I think it’s just a cold or the flu? I need my treatment, should I still come?
Call NHO first, before coming in. If you have a fever, cough and body aches we will help facilitate the next course of action. If you learn you have contracted a contagious illness, your care team will work with you and your primary care physician accordingly to plan for your treatment needs.
Our physicians and facility are following the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC recommends:
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
- Staying home when you are not feeling well
- Routinely cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash
- Don’t touch your face
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures (6-feet).