Coronavirus Disease 2019

 
 
 
 
 
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The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and its partners are carefully monitoring the unfolding outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The virus originated in China and has spread beyond the country's borders with cases now reported in multiple other countries including the United States. It is very possible there could be a travel-related case in Nebraska.

While CDC officials consider this a serious public health threat, the immediate health risk to the public is considered low at this time.  If you have other questions regarding novel Coronavirus, please contact your Local Health Department.

If you have been in China within the past 2 weeks and develop a fever, cough, or have difficulty breathing, seek medical care right away.

  • Call ahead before going to see a doctor or emergency room.
  • Tell them your symptoms and that you were in China.

Travelers who have been in China within the past 2 weeks: Please complete this survey or copy link below into your browser to ensure your health and the health of others: https://cip-dhhs.ne.gov/redcap/surveys/?s=JKHEPR4DPR

Nebraska case information

  • Number of confirmed cases – 0
  • Cases undergoing further testing at CDC – 0
  • Cases that tested negative – 6

The federal government led an effort to bring Americans who had been on a cruise ship docked off the coast of Japan to Nebraska for further monitoring, testing and treatment if needed. DHHS is in a supportive role and working closely with federal, state and local partners. The University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine has additional details available on its website.

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.

CDC information