Mitchell Co. Hospital Health Systems Responds To Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

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Beloit, Kan. – Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems is closely monitoring the rapid developments in the outbreak of the respiratory illness called COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As of March 13th, there has been six confirmed cases in Kansas with one death. While there are no cases in Mitchell County, the medical staff and hospital administration are monitoring new information daily.

It is critical that MCHHS take necessary precautions to prevent this virus from entering our facility. Protecting our patients’ and residents’ health and safety is our top priority.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended steps to help prevent the spread of respiratory illness, including COVID-19. MCHHS has implemented several measures to help prevent the spread of this virus into our facility.

Effective March 14th, 2020, no public access, including immediate family members, will be allowed at Mitchell County Hospital until further notice. While we understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important, we strongly encourage you to not visit the facility at this time. Very rare exceptions may be made in extenuating circumstances for visitors and those will be screened prior to entry.

Outpatients who are scheduled for medical care should access MCHHS through the main entrance and are encouraged to keep appointments unless they are sick or exhibiting flu like symptoms. Patients who have questions should contact the department performing the test or procedure.

Public access to the cafeteria has been suspended until further notice. MCHHS will continue to provide Meals on Wheels.

Thank you for your understanding as we try to protect our patients and residents from COVID-19. “As the virus spreads, the risk to our patients and residents increases. It is crucial for everyone to do their part to help stop the spread of this virus,” said Jeremy Armstrong, CEO at MCHHS. “It is important to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, stay home when you are sick, cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve or a tissue, and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces,” said Armstrong

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.