For COVID-19 and vaccination updates, view our information for the community. If you're experiencing symptoms, call your primary care provider.
COVID-19 Information for the Community
COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving public health situation. Methodist Health System is committed to keeping you and your loved ones safe and informed. On this site, you will find updates for patients and visitors to Methodist hospitals and clinics, including:
- Community Vaccination Information
- Patient Safety
- Methodist's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline
- Methodist Emotional Support Line
- Hospital and Facility Visitor Policies
- More Resources
- Media Inquiries
Methodist Health System is proud to be partnering with health departments in the communities we serve to assist with the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. At this time, Methodist Health System itself is NOT vaccinating our patient populations.
Because information and processes vary by health department, we recommend you review the following:
Douglas County Residents
For the most up-to-date details and information about community vaccination clinics with the Douglas County Health Department, visit the Douglas County Health Department website.
- Vaccinations are by appointment only.
- Second dose appointments will be made for you when you receive your first dose.
- If more vaccine is made available to the county, the health department will add more appointments.
- When eligible you can schedule your appointment on the Douglas County Health Department website.
- If you need assistance finding an appointment, you can call the Douglas County Health Department COVID-19 Information Line at (402) 444-3400.
The remaining expected appointment scheduling timeline for additional age groups is as follows:
Age 60 and older – begins March 22
Age 55 and older – begins March 25
Age 50 and older – begins March 29
Age 16 and older – begins April 5
Residents of Other Nebraska Counties
Nebraskans residing outside of Douglas County are strongly encouraged to visit the state of Nebraska COVID-19 vaccine website, which is now taking registrations. You may also call (833) 998-2275. Due to call volume, officials urge you to try accessing the registration process via the website.
Registering with the state does not mean you are scheduled to receive the vaccine. You will be contacted when you become eligible.
If you have already registered on a health department website or list, you do NOT need to also register on the state site. Local health departments and state officials are sharing registrations information.
Pottawattamie County (Iowa) Residents
To find vaccine providers in Pottawattamie County, visit the state of Iowa’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information page. The page includes information about providers offering the COVID-19 vaccine in each Iowa county as well as information about who is currently eligible to receive the vaccine and provider contact information for appointment scheduling.
We know you may have questions surrounding the vaccine, and we encourage you to speak with your Methodist provider. You can send a message via Methodist My Care.
Other resources from our health care experts:
- Minimizing the Side Effects, Maximizing the Efficacy of the COVID-19 Vaccine
- The COVID-19 Vaccine: FAQs Surrounding #OurBestShot at Ending the Pandemic
- Considering the COVID-19 Vaccine During Pregnancy? Here’s What You Need to Know
- Methodist Doctor Urges Black Community To Get COVID-19 Vaccine, Shares Her Experience
- Can We Visit Grandma? Answers to Common Questions About Life After Your COVID-19 Vaccination
- Older Adults and the COVID-19 Vaccine: Adjusting to Changes and How Loved Ones Can Help
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Methodist Health System hospitals and clinics have continued to see and treat patients on-site and through telehealth virtual visits. Our hospital and clinic locations are open and fully operational, and we continue to provide exceptional care while protecting you, your loved ones and our communities.
Our safety precautions include:
- We are following all CDC guidelines.
- Our providers and staff will continue wearing masks, and we encourage you to bring your own mask to clinic appointments and outpatient procedures. If you don’t have a mask or if you’re staying with us for over 24 hours, we’ll provide one for you.
- We’ll continue screening all individuals entering our facilities for COVID-19 symptoms.
- We’ve established dedicated respiratory clinics for those patients with respiratory and/or COVID-19 symptoms. We’ll continue seeing our patients with acute respiratory illness concerns through either telehealth visits or these respiratory clinics. This ensures an added level of safety for all patients coming to our clinics.
We want to reassure you that it’s never been safer to visit Methodist facilities. If you don’t feel comfortable physically coming to a clinic for an appointment, we understand. Most of our providers are now able to conduct telehealth virtual appointments, which allow you to interact with your provider from home, work or wherever you may be. Call your clinic to check availability and learn more.
Methodist Emotional Support Line
Feelings of fear, anxiety, sadness and uncertainty are normal during challenging times. The Methodist Emotional Support Line is here to help.
The free, confidential service is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and staffed by licensed professional counselors from the Methodist Hospital Community Counseling Program. The counselors can assist callers who may be experiencing feelings such as:
If you or a loved one are experiencing these feelings, call (402) 815-8255 (TALK) to speak to a counselor.
Counselors can help callers by answering questions, addressing concerns, scheduling counseling appointments for additional care and providing referrals to community resources.
If you’re experiencing a medical or mental health emergency, please call 911.
Effective Monday, Aug. 2:
- Methodist Hospital, Methodist Fremont Health and Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital non-COVID positive patients are allowed two healthy visitors at a time, aged two years old or older, during visiting hours.
- Methodist Women’s Hospital will allow three healthy visitors at a time, aged two years or older, during visiting hours for non-COVID positive patients.
- For lab-confirmed COVID-positive patients: Patients will be permitted to have 1-2 vaccinated, healthy visitors per day. Visitors will be permitted to stay for up to 2 hours at a time. Visitors to COVID-positive rooms must be fully vaccinated and will be required to show proof of vaccination. People are considered fully vaccinated:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna)
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson)
- At all Methodist Physicians Clinic locations one healthy adult visitor is allowed.
The Emergency Departments at Methodist Hospital, Methodist Women’s Hospital, Methodist Fremont Health and Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital allow one (1) visitor/support person to stay with an ED patient.
All visitors to any Methodist Health System facility will continue to be screened and must wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. Visitors should be encouraged to continue social distancing efforts.
Other visitor policy updates are as follows:
- Outpatient Diagnostics, Cancer Center, and Hospital-Owned Clinics:
- Two asymptomatic designated support persons will be allowed at Methodist Fremont Health, Methodist Hospital, Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital
- Surgery/GI Lab:
- Two asymptomatic support persons are permitted in the pre-operative and waiting areas during regular visiting hours.
- Cafeterias, Coffee Shops, Gift Shops:
- Visitors are encouraged to stay in the patients’ rooms, but may access cafeteria locations and coffee shop and gift shop spaces.
Visitor hours are as follows:
- Methodist Hospital/Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital: 5 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Methodist Women’s Hospital: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Methodist Fremont Health: 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Exceptions to the policy are as follows:
- Patients receiving end-of-life care as determined by the care team.
- NICU and postpartum infant limited to parents or parent and designated health partner
Visitation for Dunklau Gardens at Methodist Fremont Health:
- Must be scheduled through (402) 727-3577
- No more than three (3) visitors at a time for up to 1 hour, frequency of visitation may be limited in order to accommodate all requested visits by all residents
- Must screen at entry to the facility and follow appropriate infection control practice, including masking
- Vaccinated visitors may touch their loved one in a private setting unmasked during their visit, depending on the resident’s vaccination status
- Unvaccinated visitors must follow all protected health measures throughout their visit, may include a barrier during visitation
NOTE: Some exceptions may be discussed with the facilities administrative personnel or infection prevention.
For more information on COVID-19, access the following organizations:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- Nebraska Department of Health and Human Service
- Iowa Department of Public Health
Emmi has several free programs to help you and your family understand COVID-19 and how to protect yourselves.
Recursos en español:
- Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades
- Organización Mundial de la Salud
- Nebraska Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos (Por favor seleccione "Spanish" en el menú de idiomas en la parte superior de la página)
- Iowa Departamento de Salud Pública
Methodist on social media
For all media inquiries, contact Methodist’s director of communication and public relations, Claudia Bohn, at (402) 618-9366.