COVID-19 Updates & Information

Get the latest information on COVID-19 vaccine and testing.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

We ask for your patience as we continue to obtain additional information from the state on the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to the public. We will be sure to provide more information as it becomes available.

If you have questions relating specifically to the COVID-19 vaccines or vaccination process, please email or call us at 308-832-3400 Option 6.

Community COVID-19 Vaccination Update 2/26/2021

Vaccination Update
We continue to work through the Phase 1B vaccination priority group in Kearney County.  Vaccine allocations from the state continue to vary on a weekly basis.  Two Rivers Public Health Department has provided guidance that 10% of our vaccine allocation can be used for Educators.

If you are an Educator who works or lives in Kearney County  OR  If you or a family member falls into the Phase 1B priority group
Please sign up on Two Rivers Public Health Department’s website if you have not done so already at: to register your information or call KCHS at 308-832-3400 Option 6.   We are cross-referencing TRPHD’s list with our list to ensure those who sign up are accounted for

Visitor Policy
Our visitor policy has changed to allow one visitor per hospital patient per day.  This may be a different person on different days, but only one particular visitor is allowed per hospital patient per day.  We appreciate your understanding as we continue to monitor the progression of COVID-19.  As vaccinations become more available, the visitor policy will continue to be monitored and adjusted.

Update 2.2.2021
Update 1.21.2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

KCHS is prepared to provide care for our patients during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  However, we are asking for your assistance to limit the spread of this contagious disease among patients and employees.  For non-emergent situations, if you are experiencing a cough, have shortness of breath, have a fever greater than 100.4, or have a known exposure to someone who has COVID-19, PLEASE CALL AHEAD BEFORE PRESENTING TO THE FACILITY.  In all emergent situations, please go to the ER for medical care, but we would ask that you call ahead if possible for staff to prepare.


Current Visitation Guidelines: Visitation Guidelines Updated 12/14/2020

Clinic Scheduling: Scheduling Process

Mask Recommendations (published 8/20/2020)
Tips to Cope with Anxiety and Isolation
Preparing for the Holidays During COVID-19
Coping During an Infectious Disease Outbreak (English)  /  (Spanish)

Updated information pertaining to businesses and employees: COVID-19 Business Information

Protecting yourself and others: Coronavirus Information
How to Safely Wear and Take Off a Cloth Face Covering
How to Wash a Cloth Face Covering

Links for more information:
Two Rivers Public Health Department
Centers for Disease Control
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Guidance on COVID-19 Contact

Rapid Testing at KCHS

  • This test is for patients with an onset of symptoms still within the first 5 days.
  • Asymptomatic patients are NOT candidates for this test.
  • Typically less than 1 hour turn-around for results (there may be exceptions in which results would be known by the end of the day).
  • Respiratory Clinic patients or ER patients presenting with symptoms will remain in the facility until results are received.
  • with this test, some circumstances may warrant additional testing with a non-rapid COVID-19 test – such as a transfer to a larger facility, pre-operative testing, asymptomatic testing, or confirmatory results.
  • At this time, insurance will pay for this symptomatic testing.

Test Nebraska

Starting August 11th we will be assisting with a drive-through test site for Test Nebraska every Tuesday from 9:00am-10:00am

Location: Kearney County Fair Grounds
                   404 21st St,
                   Minden, NE 68959

For more information and to sign up for testing visit:

Free COVID-19 Testing: Make an Appointment at

Test Nebraska covid-19 logo
  • 910 20th St (Acute/ER entrance on west side of facility)
  • Every Tuesday 11am – 1pm
  • Starting 1/19, 11am – 2pm
  • Buffalo County Fairgrounds
  • Every Monday 11am – 12:30pm
  • Every Wednesday 8am – 9:30pm
  • Every Friday 8am – 9:30pm
  • City Service Building
  • Every other Monday 11am – 12pm
  • 1/18, 2/1, 2/15
  • 1406 Q Street
  • Every Monday 9am – 12pm
  • Every Wednesday 9am – 12pm
  • Volunteer and Rescue Building
  • Every Wednesday 9am – 10am
  • Recycling Center: 516 13th St.
  • Every Thursday 8am – 10am
  • 717 North Brown Street
  • Every Monday 2pm – 3pm
  • Every Thursday 9:30am – 10:30am
  • Kearney County Fairground
  • Every Tuesday 9am – 10am

Bamlanivimab Authorization

KCHS is able to offer Bamlanivimab Infusions for high risk COVID-19 patients. This medication has been shown to limit the amount of the COVID-19 virus in the body, helping patients to improve sooner and avoid hospitalization. Use of the medication is reserved for high-risk patients and requires a physician referral. The medication is a single infusion given over one hour in an outpatient setting.

Bamlanivimab is NOT authorized for use in patients:

  • Who are hospitalized due to COVID-19
  • who require oxygen therapy du to COVID-19
  • Who require an increase in baseline oxygen flow rate due to COVID-19 in those on chronic oxygen therapy due to underlying non-COVID-19 related comorbidity

High risk is defined as patients who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 35
  • Have chronic kidney disease, diabetes, or an immunosuppressive disease
  • Are currently receiving immunosuppressive treatment
  • Are 65 years of age or older
  • Are 55 years of age and have: cardiovascular disease, or hypertension, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or other chronic respiratory disease.
  • Are 12-17 years of age and have: BMI 85% for their age, Sickle Cell Disease, congenital, or acquired heart disease, neurodevelopmental disorders, medical-related technological dependence, or asthma, reactive airway, or other chronic respiratory disease that require daily medication for control.

How to Quarantine

Upcoming Events

Tue 02

Suzanne Gregg Behavioral Health Clinic

March 2 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue 02

Dr. Schopp Orthopedic Clinic

March 2 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wed 03

Dr. Pankratz Obstetrics/ Gynecology Clinic

March 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Address: 727 East 1st Street
Minden, NE 68959

Phone: 308-832-3400


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