MHCS urges community unity


We recognize that this is a challenging time. As individuals, we are bombarded with messages surrounding COVID-19 and making decisions that will protect ourselves and our families. As a professional health care organization, we are challenged to educate our patients, be empathetic to our colleagues and serve as the source of truth for our community.

Our communities must come together to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Rates of COVID-19 infection are continuing to rise at an alarming pace in Seward County and across Nebraska.

Seward County is coming together to launch efforts around minimizing the spread of COVID-19, a collaboration in partnership with all cities and villages within the county as well as businesses and schools to back a unified effort to keep businesses in Seward County open and keep community members healthy.

To help with slowing the spread we are raising awareness efforts and have created an awareness campaign for Seward County: Stay Open, Stay Healthy.

We created this joint effort to enable all county members to easily share credible information on your website and social pages and encourage all community members to serve as the example within our community. Mayor Josh Eickmeier, Memorial Health Care Systems and six area schools issued a news release on Oct. 28, announcing the campaign and showcasing the united front of local members.

Please join this countywide effort to encourage voluntary participation with avoiding the three c's: 1) crowded places, 2) close contacts and 3) confined spaces.

How you can help

Memorial Health Care Systems and Seward County Chamber and Development Partnership will share content on our social media channels from Nov. 9 to Dec. 19. To maximize the impact of our messaging, we ask you to:

  • engage with the posts by liking, sharing and commenting as much as possible.
  • use these posts on your own website or social media pages.
  • find ways to promote the ‘Stay Open, Stay Healthy,’ ‘Stronger Together’ and ‘Avoid the three c’s’ messaging in your own ways and tag Memorial Health Care Systems and Seward County Chamber and Development Partnership.

Seward County is going in the wrong direction with COVID. Together, we can turn this around. We need to keep our communities healthy and prevent further disruption of any business. If we all work together, we can help slow the spread of COVID-19.

#StrongerTogether #StayOpenStayHealthy

Since the Oct. 28 messaging ran in the Seward County Independent, we have grown to include Beaver Crossing, Bee, Cattle Bank and Trust, Centennial Public Schools, Chapters Books and Gifts, City of Seward, Concordia University, Cordova, Garland, Goehner, Green Place Senior Living, Hughes Brothers, Jones Bank, Memorial Health Care Systems, Milford, Milford Public Schools, Mustang Graphics, Pleasant Dale, Plum Creek Seed Services, Seward County Chamber and Development Partnership, Seward Police Department, Seward Public Schools, Southeast Community Collee-Milford Campus, Southeast Nebraska CASA, St. John Lutheran School, St. Vincent de Paul Catholics School, Staplehurst and Utica.

Those with questions or who would like to join efforts should contact Mallory Gibreal at


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