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
COVID-19 Community Vaccination Information
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
- Vaccinations are by appointment only.
- There are four large, ongoing community vaccination clinics located throughout the county:
- CHI Health Immanuel (6901 N 72nd Street)
- Christ Community Church (404 S 108th Ave)
- Rasmussen Hall at Creighton University (702 N. 17th Street)
- Nebraska Medicine Testing and Vaccination Clinic (5710 S 144th Street)
- There will be more than 6,000 appointments available each week.
- 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 70 and older – begins Feb. 16
- Age 65 and older – begins Feb. 22
After each group has had an opportunity to make appointments, DCHD will be adding the next age group. We anticipate that groups will be added each week, depending on demand and appointment availability.
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
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.
If you’re concerned that you or someone in your family has contracted COVID-19, please call your primary care provider. Don't have one? You may call (402) 815-7425 (SICK) to be matched with an available provider. We are NOT a COVID-19 testing center — if you are seeking testing options, you will be referred to TestNebraska or TestIowa.
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.
- At Methodist Hospital, non-COVID-19 hospitalized patients will be allowed one healthy adult visitor, once per day.
- At Methodist Women’s Hospital non-COVID-19 hospitalized patients are allowed one healthy adult visitor at a time.
- At Methodist Fremont Health and Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital, non-COVID-19 hospitalized patients are allowed one healthy adult visitor per day.
No visitors will be allowed in our emergency department waiting rooms, except for Methodist Fremont Health where 1 (one) visitor will be allowed to accompany non-Covid+ screened patients and if there are no special circumstances. At all other hospital locations, visitors will be allowed once the patient has been placed in an emergency department patient care room.
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 9 p.m.
- Visitor guidelines for the behavioral health units at Methodist Fremont Health and Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital do vary from the health system policy.
- Visitors must remain in the patient room or in the pre-op area with the patient during visiting hours.
- This policy change does NOT apply to COVID-19 positive patients who are hospitalized.
- Only one support person per pediatric patient will be permitted. These individuals can only be parents, guardians, or family care partners.
- Visitors of surgical patients at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital will be asked to leave when the patient goes to pre-op and will be called to return for post-op instruction or admission room assignment.
- Visitors must also adhere to our current masking and screening guidelines.
- A no-visitor policy remains in place at our hospital outpatient service locations or at any Methodist Physicians Clinic site.
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.
- Dependent adult needing special assistance from a support person as determined by the care team.
- Pediatric/minor patient limited to one parent/guardian.
- Patients who require assistance with medical decision-making.
- One support person allowed to accompany each high-risk obstetrics patient during prenatal visits.
- At Methodist Fremont Health and Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center, one support person allowed to accompany each oncology patient during oncology-related appointments.
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
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For all media inquiries, contact Methodist’s director of communication and public relations, Claudia Bohn, at (402) 618-9366.