Leah Bucco-White, Communications, (402) 471-9356 (office) (402) 309-4157 (cell)firstname.lastname@example.org
Khalilah LeGrand, Communications, (402) 471-9313 (office) (402) 853-1320 (cell)email@example.com
LINCOLN – Public health officials, health care providers, and laboratories are working daily to increase Nebraska's capacity to test more people for COVID-19.
Currently, testing supplies are limited. Local, state, and federal partners are working to expand testing supplies and the ability to promptly test people experiencing symptoms.
Due to testing limitations, health care providers and local health departments are screening people to prioritize testing for those who based on symptoms and exposure history have the highest likelihood of having COVID-19 including:
People who are concerned they may have COVID-19 should self-isolate and call ahead to their primary care provider to be screened over the phone. The provider can evaluate and determine if testing is necessary. Flu activity is also still high in Nebraska. Flu tests should be considered as a first test option before considering a COVID-19 test. “We believe that these resources will be most valuable to our public and the medical providers that are diligently treating sick patients and assessing others who may have had exposure," said Dr. Gary Anthone, Director of Public Health and Chief Medical Officer for DHHS.
Providers with the resources to evaluate and test patients for COVID-19 virus, and who would like to be added to our DHHS testing availability list should email firstname.lastname@example.org with your complete contact information.
As we are able to test more people, we'll provide additional information on where Nebraskans can receive testing on the healthcare network list at www.dhhs.ne.gov/coronavirus.
DHHS will continue to update Nebraskans through the DHHS website and on Facebook and Twitter as we have new information. The CDC's website is also a good resource for COVID-19 information - https://www.cdc.gov/covid19.