updated March 17 at 3 pm

Team members are encouraged to stay up-to-date with the latest information regarding OrthoNebraska’s continued response to COVID-19. Please read through the information in its entirety, as some policies may have recently changed.


Patients & Visitors

  • All patients and visitors will be screened by an OrthoNebraska team member at access desks. Screenings include temperature checks, proper mask utilization, and the following questions:
  • Have you been advised to self-quarantine because of exposure to someone with COVID-19?
  • Did you have close contact with a person under investigation for COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
  • Did you have a fever, consistent cough, loss of taste/smell, sore throat, and/or shortness of breath?

Employees & Providers
All employees and providers should continue to self-screen daily at home for common signs and symptoms of illness. If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms, please contact Employee Health Nurse Cathy Ertzner at (402) 609-1384 to discuss next steps.


Patients & Visitors
All patients and visitors must wear a face covering over their mouth and nose at all times while in any OrthoNebraska facility. If the patient or visitor does not have a face covering upon arrival they will be provided one. Patients and visitors are allowed to take these masks home following their appointment; however, we advise that they be considered ‘dirty’ and be disposed of after exiting the building.

Employees & Providers
All patient-facing employees and providers in patient care areas must wear a procedural mask, provided by OrthoNebraska, while at any OrthoNebraska facility. For non-patient facing team members, masking is required upon entry into the facility, but is optional once in socially distanced work areas.

Vaccinated employees may remove their mask in conference rooms or support offices when social distancing guidelines can be maintained. Please note that vaccinated pertains only to those who are two weeks from their last round of vaccination. Individuals who have previously contracted COVID-19 and are in the middle of their vaccination series, should continue to mask. Non-vaccinated employees should continue to practice strict masking whenever possible.

In accordance with local mask mandates, all team members should wear a mask in public areas, including hallways, patient care areas, rest rooms, or anytime social distancing is not possible.

N95 Masks
Team members in high-risk situations, including intubation/extubation, have the choice to wear an N95 for asymptomatic surgical patients if you are vaccinated. There are no changes to ED and ENT procedure mask protocol at this time.

If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to your manager or News@OrthoNebraska.com.


In an abundance of caution, OrthoNebraska continues to limit visitors in the clinic areas and will not allow any visitors in pre/post operative departments. We understand there may be circumstances that require exceptions to our visitor policy. This may include minors, dependent adults, or caregivers required for transportation following a procedure.

Effective March 22, 2021 , one healthy, designated visitor will be allowed per patient after they have been assigned a room on the second floor of OrthoNebraska Hospital. This individual will be screened upon entry, must wear a mask at all times, and cannot leave the patient’s room. Visiting hours are limited to Monday through Friday from 7:00AM-7:00PM and Saturday & Sunday from 9:00AM-5:00PM.

One healthy, designated visitor may accompany an Emergency patient; however, they must complete on-site screening and wear a mask at all times.


OrthoNebraska Cafe
Effective March 18, 2021, all OrthoNebraska team members may visit the OrthoNebraska Cafe. Seating at tables at the cafe is limited to two (2) per table, and social distancing is encouraged whenever possible.

We continue to ask patients and visitors to order meals for delivery and refrain from visiting the cafe.

Non-OrthoNebraska workers at the Oakview Medical Building (i.e. other tenants of the Oakview Medical Building) who do not have a need to enter OrthoNebraska Hospital should continue to utilize delivery service and should not visit the cafe at this time.

External Food Deliveries & Group Caterings
Individuals placing orders for delivery from off-campus restaurants should meet the delivery person at an exterior entrance. Food delivery personnel should not enter the OrthoNebraska facility. There should be no buffet style lunches or sharing of food. This includes no potlucks. All group meals should be pre-packaged. For a list of restaurants who are able to accommodate this policy and/or for ideas on department food orders, please feel free to reach out to News@OrthoNebraska.com.


At this time, OrthoNebraska is not requiring a COVID-19 test prior to orthopedic surgery. All patients will complete a screening prior to arrival and before surgery. In some cases, surgeons may determine if a COVID-19 test is necessary prior to surgery.

Due to similarities between ENT symptoms and COVID-19 symptoms, all ENT patients must complete testing within four (4) days of their scheduled procedure at OrthoNebraska Hospital.


Meetings in person may resume. Meeting attendees should adhere to local masking and social distancing guidelines; however, if individuals are able to reasonably social distance themselves from each other, those who have been vaccinated may remove their mask while in the meeting. Please note that vaccinated pertains only to those who are two weeks from their last round of vaccination. Individuals who have previously contracted COVID-19 and are in the middle of their vaccination series, should continue to mask. Non-vaccinated team members should continue to mask whenever possible.

If the meeting occurs with individuals from outside of the organization, all meeting attendees should continue to mask.

When appropriate, virtual meetings will still be offered. OrthoNebraska has partnered with Zoom to conduct virtual meetings. To schedule a meeting utilizing Zoom, please speak with your manager or a member of the IT team.


OrthoNebraska’s Virtual Care Program is offered for patients who are unable or uncomfortable visiting an OrthoNebraska clinic in-person or as a convenient alternative to in-office visits. Availability for virtual care, or telehealth as it is commonly referred, is based upon provider availability.


Managers and directors will make determinations with remote staff regarding their long-term work environments. OrthoNebraska will transition team members back to on-campus work locations as appropriate.


Per CDC guidance, if an individual has received the COVID-19 vaccination and is exposed to someone who has tested positive to COVID-19 they do not need to quarantine and may continue to work while self-monitoring symptoms, masking, and practicing safe social distancing.

Non-vaccinated individuals who have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual should notify Employee Health to discuss next steps. Non-vaccinated team members who are exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual within their household should quarantine for ten (10) days. Non-vaccinated individuals who have an exposure will need to contact employee health to discuss the appropriate quarantine required based on their situation.


At this time, OrthoNebraska is not requiring team members to quarantine following travel within the United States of America. However, non-vaccinated individuals who travel internationally will be required to quarantine for seven (7) days after their return and it is recommended that the individual complete
COVID-19 testing after five (5) days of returning to the United States. Per CDC guidelines, vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine after international travel, but should self-monitor for symptoms following their return.


OrthoNebraska team members should follow local and national guidelines, including those provided by the CDC, for social gatherings outside of the organization.


Individuals who have an affiliation agreement (including case managers, PT, nursing, and APPs), as well as external providers (such as OR observations) will be allowed the opportunity to shadow at an OrthoNebraska facility. All other visitors are asked to refrain from shadowing at this time. This will be reassessed in May.


After evaluation from many national organizations, it has been deemed safe to receive a COVID-19 vaccination up to two (2) days prior to surgery and after seven (7) days post surgery.


As of March 18, 2021, there are no directed health measures related to the postponement of elective procedures. The Incident Command Team and operational departments will continue to evaluate the need for changes based on local positivity rates, COVID-19 vaccinations, and hospitalization numbers.


OrthoNebraska will continue to send text alerts for information that is time sensitive or of critical importance to our team members. If you have not been receiving text updates, please email News@OrthoNebraska.com with the best number to be reached.