A statement from Ryan Larsen, CEO at Community Medical Center, Falls City.
After months of low Covid incidence, Richardson County’s case rate climbed significantly. Surrounding counties, such as Brown (KS) and Otoe (NE) are still much higher, but we are no longer drifting along without issue. This has corresponded to an uptick in Covid-related hospitalizations locally and at the state level. We are still below last year’s peak, fortunately. A higher proportion of hospitalizations are coming from younger patients this year versus last year at this time.
In response, CMC has returned to a five-day drive-through testing schedule, with practitioner order. Clinicians have also had good results locally with monoclonal antibody treatments for patients at higher risk of severe covid and that meet the necessary criteria.
Covid vaccines are administered at the hospital every Thursday (Wednesday the week of Thanksgiving), with appointments scheduled by leaving a message at 402-245-6547.
CMC has received a shipment of pediatric doses for those ages 5-11 years of age. The Pfizer vaccine is a smaller dose for kids ages 5-11. It is 91% effective and the second dose is administered 21 days or after the first dose. This will help protect your child and reduces the likelihood they’ll transmit the virus to family and friends. To schedule an appointment for your child, please call 402-245-6547.
If you have questions about whether a Covid vaccine is the right choice for you and your family, we suggest you talk to your primary care practitioner.