Updated July 22
When do I need to stay home?
If you have symptoms listed below you need to stay home and notify your program coordinator.
- Temperature greater than 99.9 degrees in the last 72 hours (fever/chills)
- New cough
- New sore throat
- Recent or current shortness of breath
- New headache
- New loss of taste or smell
- Congestion/runny nose (allergy symptoms)
- Widespread muscle pain/body aches
- New onset gastrointestinal symptoms, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
If you have been exposed but have no symptoms you can continue to work and follow masking and social distancing guidelines.
If you have tested positive but are asymptomatic you need to stay home.
How to get set up for testing:
Option 1: Fill out form through Test Nebraska and they will give you an appointment for a drive through test site.
Option 2: Call your PCP who can order a test for you.
Option 3: Call and make a virtual appointment:
- Virtual Quick Care - CHI Health – you need a screen through a virtual appointment and then you will have a test ordered for you. CHI Health Virtual Quick Care is available Monday-Friday 7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. -5 p.m. via phone or video chat.
Option 4: If you are a VA resident and your exposure is a VA patient, they will order testing for you.
Where to test:
Some test centers can take over a week to get results back. The following test centers use our local Creighton/CHI lab:
Testing Sites in Omaha/Metro
- 42nd and L
- 4220 L Street Omaha NE 68107
Patient Instructions: Please drive to our front entrance. You will be greeted by a clinic staff, who will provide you with further instructions.
- 161st and West Maple
- 16101 Evans Street Omaha NE 68116
Patient Instructions: Monday – Friday when you turn into the parking lot, continue south the back of the lot where you see the tent/cones marked for COVID-19 testing. Saturday – Sunday: when you turn into the parking lot turn left, and drive around the circle drive and wait for someone to greet you.
- LaVista Clinic: 8248 S. 96th Street LaVista, NE 68128
Patient Instructions: If you see Orange Traffic cones at the front of the clinic entrance please pull your vehicle up to the cones. If another vehicle is at the cones please wait until the cones are clear then pull up to the cones. If no cones are visible please come inside clinic to check in.
- University Campus: 2412 Cuming Street Omaha NE 68131
Patient Instructions: Patients will need to head to Parking lot A, which is the North Entrance of the building. They will see orange cones and bright pink COVID-19 testing signs to show where parking is. Once they are parked staff will come and assist them.
- Valley View:1288 Valley View Drive Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Patient Instructions: Proceed to the designated pre-op COVID-19 testing area, which will be marked with orange cones and/or a blue pop-up tent on the east side of the clinic.
When can I return to work?
- If you had a positive test and symptoms you can return to work 10 days from onset of symptoms AND you have been fever free for 72 hours without anti-pyretic medications.
- The same guidelines apply if you have symptoms suggestive of COVID but did not get a test.
- If you have an alternative diagnosis other then COVID, you can return to work when you have been symptom free for 48 hours and fever free for 72 hours.
- If you have symptoms and a negative test, you can return to work when you have been fever free for 72hours without anti-pyretics AND your symptoms have improved. If a clear alternative diagnosis has been made, follow guidelines for that diagnosis.
- If you have a positive COVID test and do not have symptoms to guide when you return to work you must stay home for a full 10 days.
What kind of leave can I take?
Please contact your GME office for questions around types of leave available for specific circumstances. The university has expanded leave for residents and fellows who may need to be quarantined. Click here for frequently asked questions on leave during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are no further work from home options.
How to Protect Yourself and Your Patients
- Click here for guidance as to if you are exposed as to what are your restrictions as a health care worker
- How to Properly Wear a Mask
- Information on how to refresh your PPE technique
If you get ill–what you need to do
If you get ill or are sent home for an elevated temperature please call your program coordinator immediately. You will be contacted by a the resident health nurse who will counsel you as to when you can return to work.
Some Learning Opportunities
- Many board review online courses are offering their courses free of charge during this time. You should check into what your specialty offers and see if your specialty review courses are offering this.
- In addition, the SCCM is offering free online critical care training for non-ICU physicians. Visit sccm.org/covid19
- COVID-19 Toolbox – Evaluation and Treatment for COVID-19
- COVID-19 treatment guidelines
Update on Travel
CHI has lifted the requirement for 14 day quarantine for those who travel. We will now change our GME personal travel policy to lift the 14 day restriction even if traveling to an area of community spread. Please realize this is a very fluid, rapidly changing situation and that I cannot predict that travel restrictions will not be in place when you return. Also, you should know that the CDC still recommends against travel. As we move into a stage of lifting restrictions where we are limiting exposures rather then eliminating exposures, please do as much as you can to reduce infectious spread of COVID such as masking, social distancing and limiting non-essential travel. Our commitment to do no harm applies in how we live our lives outside of medicine in this pandemic. The public looks to us to role model best practices in our behavior.
Also, note that the Creighton travel policy prohibiting business and educational related travel remains in place.
Residents are essential personnel and should report to work regardless of Creighton University announcements. If you have concerns, please contact your program for process.