Smith County Memorial Hospital COVID-19 Update – 3/18/2020

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As a reminder, if you have traveled internationally or within the U.S. to one of the areas that is affected by COVID-19, have been on a cruise or have been instructed by a public health official to stay home, please practice self-quarantine. If, in addition to recent travel, you have also developed symptoms of respiratory illness, please call your primary care provider to discuss your symptoms and make a decision about testing. Please do not show up at the hospital or clinic without calling first. Most people who get coronavirus can recover at home without hospitalization. Your provider will work with you to resolve your specific needs.

Visitor Restrictions
SCMH is issuing a limited visitor policy. Patients will be allowed one visitor. Visitors will be screened prior to being escorted to see a patient. Anyone who does not feel well, has a fever or other symptoms of illness will not be allowed access to the inpatient area. Our guidelines for visitors are below:

  • Wash your hand before entering a room and prior to leaving the facility. Sinks and hand sanitizers are available throughout the building.
  • Do not visit if you are ill or have signs/symptoms of the flu (cough, fever, muscle aches, runny nose, sore throat, fatigue).
  • Anyone with a compromised immune system or pulmonary complication should not visit unless absolutely necessary.
  • If you have flu-like symptoms you will be given a face mask and asked to leave the facility.
  • Emergency Room: Only 1 non-sick, immediate family member allowed per patient.

Foodservice Changes at Hometown Cafe
Following the executive order from Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday, Hometown Cafe will no longer open its salad bar. Hometown Cafe is still open and will continue to monitor recommendations from KDHE and the governor.

Common Sense Prevention
The best defense against coronavirus is good hand hygiene, washing your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds and to use hand sanitizer regularly. You should also stay home if you are ill, cover coughs and sneezes, disinfect surfaces daily, practice social distancing and stay home if you have been in contact with someone with coronavirus or traveled internationally or within the U.S. to an affected area. Follow guidelines from KDHE found on their website.

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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.