Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

 
 
 
 
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Updated: April 9, 2020

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    Directed Health Measures (DHM)

    All 93 Nebraska counties are now under the State's Directed Health Measures

    Understanding the State's Directed Health Measures

    Who does the Directed Health Measure apply to?

    It applies to places such as theaters, churches, houses of worship, gyms, social clubs, salons, and social gatherings, including weddings, funerals, concerts, and athletic events. This is not an exhaustive list, but illustrates the types of locations the DHM applies to.                                

    Do I need to shut down my bar or restaurant?

    At bars and restaurants, it applies to patrons, not to your workforce. Restaurants and bars are encouraged to ask their patrons if they can prepare their order for takeout upon arrival. Restaurants will play a key part in feeding people throughout the pandemic.

    Do I need to shut down my daycare?

    No. DHHS has issued new guidance that child care centers need to follow.

    Do I need to shut down my office?

    No. The Directed Health Measure does not apply to places such as office buildings, grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals, nursing homes, correctional facilities, court houses, court rooms, banks, car dealerships, auto repair shops, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, small shops, golf courses, big box stores, gas stations, convenience stores, shopping malls, manufacturing facilities, packing facilities, construction jobs, and other traditional office settings.  This is not an exhaustive list, but illustrates the types of locations the DHM does not apply to.                                

    Furthermore, we do not expect these facilities to be impacted by additional limits at this time.

    Do I need to cancel a wedding or a funeral?

    Weddings and funerals are also subject to the 10-person limit. Event planners and facilities are encouraged to be flexible with people who are rearranging their plans.

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    View a List of Counties currently under State and/or County Directed Health Measures

    See the State DHM and quarantine directions covering all counties. Updated: 4/9/2020


    COUNTY STATE DHM COUNTY DHM En español​Tiếng Việt

    Adams Effective 3/31 until at least 5/11
    Antelope Effective 4/1 until at least 5/11
    Arthur Effective 4/1 until at least 5/11
    Banner Effective 3/30 until at least 5/11
    Blaine Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Boone Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11 Effective 4/4 until at least 5/15
    Box Butte Effective 3/30 until at least 5/11
    Boyd Effective 4/1 until at least 5/11
    Brown Effective 4/1 until at least 5/11
    Buffalo Effective 3/31 until at least 5/11 Effective 4/2 until at least 5/11
    Burt Effective 3/29 until at least 5/6
    Butler Effective 3/28 until at least 5/6
    Cass Effective 3/18 until at least 4/30 Effective 3/31 until at least 4/30DHMDHM
    Cedar Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Chase Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Cherry Effective 4/1 until at least 5/11
    Cheyenne Effective 3/30 until at least 5/11
    Clay Effective 3/31 until at least 5/11
    Colfax Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11 Effective 4/4 until at least 5/15
    Cuming Effective 3/29 until at least 5/6
    Custer Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Dakota Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Dawes Effective 3/30 until at least 5/11
    Dawson Effective 3/31 until at least 5/11 Effective 4/2 until at least 5/11
    Deuel Effective 3/30 until at least 5/11
    Dixon Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Dodge Effective 3/25 until at least 5/6
    Douglas Effective 3/18 until at least 4/30 Effective 3/18 until at least 4/30DHM ​DHM
    Dundy Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Fillmore Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Franklin Effective 3/31 until at least 5/11 Effective 4/2 until at least 5/11
    Frontier Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Furnas Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Gage Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Garden Effective 3/30 until at least 5/11
    Garfield Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Gosper Effective 3/31 until at least 5/11 Effective 4/2 until at least 5/11
    Grant Effective 3/30 until at least 5/11
    Greeley Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Hall Effective 3/28 until at least 5/6 Effective 4/3 until at least 5/6
    Hamilton Effective 3/28 until at least 5/6 Effective 4/3 until at least 5/6
    Harlan Effective 3/31 until at least 5/11 Effective 4/2 until at least 5/11
    Hayes Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Hitchcock Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Holt Effective 4/1 until at least 5/11
    Hooker Effective 4/1 until at least 5/11
    Howard Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Jefferson Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Johnson Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Kearney Effective 3/31 until at least 5/11 Effective 4/2 until at least 5/11
    Keith Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Keya Paha Effective 4/1 until at least 5/11
    Kimball Effective 3/30 until at least 5/11
    Knox Effective 4/1 until at least 5/11
    Lancaster Effective 3/25 until at least 5/6 Effective 3/26 until at least 5/6 ​DHMDHM
    Lincoln Effective 4/1 until at least 5/11
    Logan Effective 4/1 until at least 5/11
    Loup Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    McPherson Effective 4/1 until at least 5/11
    Madison Effective 3/29 until at least 5/6
    Merrick Effective 3/28 until at least 5/6 Effective 4/3 until at least 5/6
    Morrill Effective 3/30 until at least 5/11
    Nance Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11 Effective 4/4 until at least 5/15
    Nemaha Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Nuckolls Effective 3/31 until at least 5/11
    Otoe Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Pawnee Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Perkins Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Phelps Effective 3/31 until at least 5/11 Effective 4/2 until at least 5/11
    Pierce Effective 4/1 until at least 5/11
    Platte Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11 Effective 4/4 until at least 5/15
    Polk Effective 3/28 until at least 5/6
    Red Willow Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Richardson Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Rock Effective 4/1 until at least 5/11
    Saline Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Sarpy Effective 3/18 until at least 4/30 Effective 3/31 until at least 4/30DHMDHM
    Saunders Effective 3/25 until at least 5/6
    Scotts Bluff Effective 3/30 until at least 5/11
    Seward Effective 3/28 until at least 5/6
    Sheridan Effective 3/30 until at least 5/11
    Sherman Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Sioux Effective 3/30 until at least 5/11
    Stanton Effective 3/29 until at least 5/6
    Thayer Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Thomas Effective 4/1 until at least 5/11
    Thurston Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Valley Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Washington Effective 3/25 until at least 5/6
    Wayne Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    Webster Effective 3/31 until at least 5/11
    Wheeler Effective 4/3 until at least 5/11
    York Effective 3/28 until at least 5/6


    Nebraska Case Information

    Both state and local health departments are testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between DHHS cases and cases reported by local public health officials, data reported by the local health department should be considered the most up to date.


     

    State Overview

    For most Nebraskans, COVID-19 will be like a cold, however this illness is anything but the common cold or flu. For our parents and grandparents, it could be very severe, and could result in death. Recent data shows that the virus is also affecting younger people. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said 20% of those hospitalized for COVID-19 in the U.S. were 20-44 years old. Even if you're healthy, you can pass COVID-19 on to people who could be severely affected. Help protect those you love by avoiding crowds, distancing yourself from other people and isolating yourself even if you think you just have a case of the sniffles.

    Community transmission is now identified in several areas of the state. Community transmission is when people have COVID-19 but public health officials can't identify how or where they became infected.

    Flatten the Curve
    Flatten the Curve

    Flattening the curve

    We want to slow the spread of disease in our communities. By doing that, our hospitals and clinics won't be overwhelmed and can continue to provide care to families, friends and neighbors who need it. Flattening the curve means everybody does their part to reduce spread of COVID-19 for as long as possible. If we slow it down enough, our hospitals might just be able to keep up.

    Slowing the spread

    As Nebraskans, we face our challenges together and we all have a role to play this response. Staying home and staying away from groups of people will slow the spread of the virus and save lives. Here's what being done in Nebraska and what you can do right now to protect yourself, your family and your community:

    State Directed Health Measures (DHM) for all 93 Nebraska counties:

    • Imposes an enforceable, 10-person limit on public gatherings.  
    • Prohibits medical and dental elective surgeries and procedures.
    • Requires schools (public, private, and parochial) to operate without students through May 31, 2020.
    • Cancels all school-related extracurricular activities through May 31, 2020.
    • Requires restaurants and bars to close their dining areas and move to takeout, delivery, and/or curbside service only. 
    • Requires individuals to home quarantine for at least 14 days if:
      • They have tested positive for COVID-19.
      • They have a fever of 100.4° F or above
      • They have experienced sudden onset of a cough and/or shortness of breath
      • They reside or have resided with individuals who've tested positive for COVID-19 or have the above symptoms. *NOTE: The quarantine requirement excludes those individuals with seasonal allergies, COPD, or other diagnoses that may produce respiratory symptoms.  Additionally, the directive doesn't apply to patients who have an alternative non-COVID-19 diagnosis from a healthcare provider.  These patients should follow the treatment and guidance provided by their healthcare provider for such conditions.
      • Some individuals in home quarantine may not experience the onset of symptoms until the latter half of their 14-day quarantine period.  In this case, the length of their quarantine may exceed 14 days.  Individuals should remain in quarantine until 7 days have passed since onset of symptoms, symptoms have improved, and they have been fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.  
    • The DHM's limitation on public gatherings does not apply to:
      • Retail or grocery stores where people should maintain six feet of distance from one another.
      • Daycares that may be operated at a school per the Governor's executive order regarding childcare.
      • Other locations detailed in the DHM.

    Locally Issued DHMs (Apply only to particular local health department jurisdictions)

    Personal measures:

    • Stay home if you are sick and avoid contact with sick people
    • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
    • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    Higher risk groups

    Certain people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 including older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.

    People in these higher-risk groups should: 

    • Stock up on supplies, including extra necessary medications.
    • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
    • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
    • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
    • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
    • If there is a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.
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    Traveler Recommendations

    Updated Public Health Traveler Recommendations

    1. All returning travelers, from any international or domestic location, should assume that COVID-19 disease is present at the locations they have visited and traveled through.
    2. All returning travelers, from any international or domestic location, should limit public interactions, practice strict social distancing, and self-monitor for symptoms.
    3. Returning travelers from regions with widespread sustained transmission (e.g., CDC Level 3 countries - https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices#alert - plus U.S. locales such as Seattle, WA; New York City; and Santa Clara County, CA) should immediately self-quarantine. Regions with widespread sustained transmission should be identified from CDC, state, and local public health websites and from media sources.
    4. IF a returning traveler develops fever or respiratory illness, they need to IMMEDIATELY self-isolate and report to a healthcare provider or local health department.
    5. Individuals unable to observe the 14-day self-quarantine should consult with their local health department about appropriate actions.
    6. Every health care worker who returns from travel should consult with a trained medical professional at their facility (e.g., infection preventionist or physician) and establish a specific infection control protocol (e.g., home quarantine, self-monitoring, PPE while at work) that mitigates patient and co-worker exposures.

     

    Protect Yourself and Others (Information in Other Languages, including American Sign Language)

    Nebraskans can help protect themselves from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections by: 

    • Staying home if you are sick and avoiding close contact with those who are sick.
    • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Follow the same family plans and kits that people may use for flu season or severe weather season.
    • Use cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

     


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    Nebraska's Response

    Nebraska public health is taking action to address this threat. Here's what we're doing:

    • Sharing the latest guidance and information with local health departments, hospitals, health care providers, first responders and local and state labs through our extensive Health Alert Network to ensure a well-coordinated response in Nebraska.
    • Engaging in active and ongoing communication with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other state and federal partners as part of the overall national response to this emerging public health threat.
    • Reviewing and enhancing response plans to be ready for the detection of this virus in our state.
    • Facilitating confirmatory testing, isolation and monitoring of Nebraskans experiencing symptoms to identify cases as soon as possible.
    • Updating dhhs.ne.gov with the latest information and resources.
    • With our local health department partners, we have a system in place to track and monitor people who have contact with a confirmed case in an effort to immediately detect secondary cases and minimize the potential for ongoing, undetected, person-to-person transmission.

    DHHS, local health departments, hospitals, first responders and other local, state and federal agencies have been partners in preparedness for more than 15 years. Preparedness planning and response never stops and continues to be a priority. Our goal is to protect Nebraskans and prevent the spread of disease.

    Read a letter from the DHHS CEO about the agency response

    CDC Information