DHHS Asking Nebraskans With Travel in Past 14 Days to Countries With Community Transmission of COVID-19 to Contact Local Health Department

News Release
For Immediate Release: 2/26/2020

Leah Bucco-White, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-9356


Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and its public health partners continue to closely track the unfolding outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and anticipate its impact on Nebraska and its health care systems. The virus originated in China and has spread to multiple other countries including the United States. So far, there have been no cases identified in Nebraska residents.

“Ensuring the health of Nebraskans is our main priority and public health officials continue to actively monitor self-isolated Nebraska residents who recently returned from China," said Dr. Tom Safranek, State Epidemiologist for DHHS. “Based on the spread of COVID-19 and an increase in cases in other countries, DHHS is now including Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, along with China. We're asking people with travel to these countries in the last 14 days to either self-report to the Nebraska public health online system at http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx  or contact their local health department for guidance and next steps. Informing the local health department of recent travel history is the most direct way to ensure timely medical care if needed and to minimize the potential risk to others."

A map of Nebraska's local health departments can be found here – http://dhhs.ne.gov/CHPM%20Maps/NE_Health_Dept_Map_Dec_2016.pdf . A list of local health departments along with contact information is provided below.

It is important to remember that people who may become ill upon returning from overseas travel are more likely to have other respiratory illnesses typically seen this time of year like flu, which might also require treatment.

However, it is very possible that we could see travel-related COVID-19 cases in Nebraska residents. State and local public health officials continue to take action to prevent the spread of disease and protect the health of Nebraskans including:

  • 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. DHHS Health Alert Network - http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Health-Alert-Network.aspx
  • Assessing our health care system's readiness to identify, monitor and treat patients with coronavirus disease 2019.
  • 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 COVID-19 in our state.
  • Facilitating confirmatory testing, isolation and monitoring of Nebraskans experiencing symptoms to identify cases as soon as possible.
  • Updating dhhs.ne.gov/coronavirus 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.

Nebraskans are also encouraged to review their family preparedness plans in the event that coronavirus disease 2019 continues to spread in the United States. More resources will be available soon at http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/coronavirus.

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

  • 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.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people and stay home if you are sick.
  • 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.

To learn more about COVID-19, go to http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/coronavirus or https://www.cdc.gov/covid19.



Contact information for Nebraska's local health departments


Dakota County Health Department

1601 Broadway Street/Box 155

Dakota City

Phone: (402) 987-2164

Website: www.dakotacountyne.org

(Dakota County/Dakota City)


Douglas County Health Department

Communicable Disease Epidemiology Section

1111 South 41st Street


Phone: (402) 444-7214

Website: www.douglascountyhealth.com

(Douglas County/Omaha)


Scotts Bluff County Health Department

1825 10th Street


Phone: (308) 436-6636

Website: www.scottsbluffcounty.org/health-department/health-department.html

(Scotts Bluff County/Gering)




Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department

3131 “O" Street


Phone: (402) 441-8000

Website: www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/health

(Lancaster County/Lincoln)




Central District Health Department

1137 South Locust Street

Grand Island

Phone: (308) 385-5175 x178; Toll Free: (877) 216-9092

Website: www.cdhd.ne.gov

(Hall County/Grand Island, Hamilton County/Aurora, Merrick County/Central City)  


East Central District Health Department

4321 41st Avenue


Phone: (402) 562-8950

Email: bwewel@ecdhd.ne.gov  

Website: http://ecdhd.ne.gov

(Boone County/Albion, Colfax County/Schuyler, Nance County/Fullerton, Platte County/Columbus)


Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department

Box 779


Phone: (402) 529-2233; Toll-Free: (877) 379-4400

Website: www.elvphd.org

(Burt County/Tekamah, Cuming County/West Point, Madison County/Madison, Stanton County/Stanton)


Four Corners Health Department

2101 North Lincoln Avenue


Phone: (402) 362-2621; Toll-Free: (877) 337-3573

Website: www.fourcorners.ne.gov

(Butler County/David City, Polk County/Osceola, Seward County/Seward, York County/York)


Loup Basin Public Health Department

934 “I" Street/Box 995


Phone: (308) 346-5795; Toll-Free: (866) 522-5795

Website: www.loupbasinhealth.com

(Blaine County/Brewster, Custer County/Broken Bow, Garfield County/Burwell, Greeley County/Greeley, Howard County/St Paul, Loup County/Taylor, Sherman County/Loup City, Valley County/Ord, Wheeler County/Bartlett)


North Central District Health Department

422 East Douglas Street


Phone: (402) 336-2406; Toll Free: (877) 336-2406  

Website: www.ncdhd.ne.gov

(Antelope County/Neligh, Boyd County/Butte, Brown County/Ainsworth, Cherry County/Valentine, Holt County/O'Neill, Keya Paha County/Springview, Knox County/Center, Pierce County/Pierce, Rock County/Bassett)


Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department

215 North Pearl Street


Phone: (402) 375-2200; 24/7 Phone: (402) 369-3822

Website: www.nnphd.org

(Cedar County/Hartington, Dixon County/Ponca, Thurston County/Pender, Wayne County/Wayne)


Panhandle Public Health District  

808 Box Butte Avenue


Phone: (308) 487-3600

Website: www.pphd.org

(Banner County/Harrisburg, Box Butte County/Alliance, Cheyenne County/Sidney, Dawes County/Chadron, Deuel County/Chappell, Garden County/Oshkosh, Grant County/Hyannis, Kimball County/Kimball, Morrill County/Bridgeport, Scotts Bluff County/Gering, Sheridan County/Rushville, Sioux County/Harrison)


Public Health Solutions District Health Department

995 East Highway 33/Suite 1


Phone: (402) 826-3880

Website: http://phsneb.org

(Fillmore County/Geneva, Gage County/Beatrice, Jefferson County/Fairbury, Saline County/Wilber, Thayer County/Hebron)


Sarpy/Cass Health Department

701 Olson Drive/Suite 101


Phone: (402) 339-4334 x6978; Toll Free: (800) 645-0134

Website: www.sarpycasshealthdepartment.org

(Cass County/Plattsmouth, Sarpy County/Papillion)


South Heartland District Health Department

606 North Minnesota/Suite 2


Phone: (402) 462-6211; Toll Free: (877) 238-7595

Website: southheartlandhealth.org

(Adams County/Hastings, Clay County/Clay Center, Nuckolls County/Nelson, Webster County/Red Cloud)


Southeast District Health Department

2511 Schneider Avenue


Phone: (402) 274-3993; Toll Free: (877) 777-0424

Website: www.sedhd.org

(Johnson County/Tecumseh, Nemaha County/Auburn, Otoe County/Nebraska City, Pawnee County/Pawnee City, Richardson County/Falls City)


Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department

404 West 10th Street


Phone: (308) 345-4223

Website: www.swhealth.ne.gov

(Chase County/Imperial, Dundy County/Benkelman, Frontier County/Stockville, Furnas County/Beaver City, Hayes County/Hayes Center, Hitchcock County/Trenton, Keith County/ Ogallala, Perkins County/Grant, Red Willow/McCook)


Three Rivers Public Health Department

2400 North Lincoln Street


Phone: (402) 727-5396; Toll Free: (866) 727-5396

Website: https://threeriverspublichealth.org

(Dodge County/Fremont, Saunders County/Wahoo, Washington County/Blair)


Two Rivers Public Health Department

701 4th Avenue/Suite 1


Phone: (308) 995-4778; Toll Free: (888) 669-7154  

Website: http://trphd.org

(Buffalo County/Kearney, Dawson County/Lexington, Franklin County/Franklin, Gosper County/Elwood, Harlan County/Alma, Kearney County/Minden, Phelps County/Holdrege)


West Central District Health Department

111 N Dewey/Suite A

North Platte

Phone: (308) 696-1201  

Website: http://wcdhd.org

(Arthur County/Arthur, Hooker County/Mullen, Lincoln County/North Platte, Logan County/Stapleton, McPherson County/Tryon, Thomas County/Thedford)

NOTE: After each county name is the county seat.

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