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Omaha Metropolitan Healthcare Coalition announces coronavirus recommendations

Posted at 1:09 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 14:09:38-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - The Omaha Metropolitan Healthcare Coalition has announced some recommendations related to the coronavirus.

The group says if you are sick, stay home. That includes visits to hospitals or emergency departments. The group wants to remind people emergency departments are for people with serious health conditions, not minor sniffles.

They also encourage self-monitoring from home and be aware of a fever, cough, shortness of breath and coronavirus exposure.

The group also encourges lots of hand washing and to avoid touching your face.

The group says most people will not need coronavirus testing. Health care providers will need to dtermine if someone should advance to the testing process. All COVID-19 testing must be approved by the Douglas County Health Department after someone meets all of the current CDC requirements. By following that process, the system will not become overwhelmed with testing requests.

Below are some community health care resources related to the coronavirus:

CHI Health

Chidren's Hospital & Medical Center

Methodist Health System

Nebraska Med

Ortho Nebraska

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