Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


​Updated: March 31, 2020

DHHS COVID-19 Information Line

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    Directed Health Measures (DHM)

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

    Banner DHM
    Box Butte DHM
    Burt DHM
    Butler DHM
    Cass DHM DHM
    Cheyenne DHM
    Cuming DHM
    Dawes DHM
    Deuel DHM
    Dodge DHM
    Douglas DHM DHM
    Garden DHM
    Grant DHM
    Hall DHM
    Hamilton DHM
    Keya Paha
    Kimball DHM
    Lancaster DHM DHM
    Madison DHM
    Merrick DHM
    Morrill DHM
    Polk DHM
    Red Willow
    Sarpy DHM DHM
    Saunders DHM
    Scotts Bluff DHM
    Seward DHM
    Sheridan DHM
    Sioux DHM
    Stanton DHM
    Washington DHM
    York DHM

    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 the metro area. 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:

    Community measures:

    • Practice social distancing which means put at least 6 feet of space between you and others.
    • Follow 10-person gathering limit guidance
      • Social and public gatherings are limited to 10 people.
      • Bars and restaurants are limited to 10 people and are strongly encouraged to move to drive thru, take-out, delivery only.
      • Child care providers should also follow the 10-person guidance with the goal of reducing class sizes and increasing space between children.
      • Grocery stores will continue operations but should prioritize ordering, pickup, and delivery.

    With community transmission of COVID-19 now occurring in some areas of Nebraska, stricter and enforceable directed health measures are now in place for certain counties.

    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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    Recommendations for Travelers

    Updated Public Health Recommendations for Travelers

    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 - - 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

    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.

    Guidance Documents

    Take Action: Tools and Resources

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    News Releases

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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 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