OMAHA, NE — Without giving details, the president of CHI Health Immanuel confirmed a tip to 3 News Now that the hospital's premier inpatient rehabilitation center has been closed for two weeks due to a COVID-19 contamination.
"With the uptick of infection in the community, COVID made its way to our inpatient 35-bed rehabilitation unit," CHI Immanuel President Ann Schumacher said in a statement released by CHI.
The 35 beds represent 10% of the hospital's bed capacity.
According to the statement, all patients in the rehab center have either been moved to other parts of the hospital, transferred to other facilities or discharged.
The rehab center staff all have been sent home to quarantine.
Below is the full statement:
With the uptick of infection in the community, COVID made its way to our inpatient 35-bed rehabilitation unit. That is 35 isolated beds on the Immanuel campus out of 350 licensed beds. We immediately stopped taking rehab admissions. Some patients were ready to be discharged and went home – some were transferred to Immanuel hospital and other CHI Health hospitals for continued rehabilitation care.
Out of an abundance of caution, we sent staff from the unit home to quarantine (whether they were infected or not) and we closed the unit temporarily for cleaning. The 35-bed unit will open again in two weeks.
This only affects those 35 inpatient rehab beds - our outpatient rehab and the hospital continue to care for patients.
CHI Health Immanuel