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LINCOLN – Two additional deaths related to COVID-19 were reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on Friday.
The Three Rivers Public Health Department reported its second death, a Saunders County man in his 70s with underlying health conditions. https://www.facebook.com/pg/threeriverspublichealthNE/posts/?ref=page_internal
The Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department reported its second death. https://www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/mayor/media/2020/050720a.htm
Further information is available related to a death reported by DHHS yesterday evening. The deceased individual was a Dakota County resident.
The total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the state to date is 92, according to the DHHS data dashboard. The state case total, as of 5:45 p.m. Central Daylight Time, is 7,831. Nebraska's COVID-19 case totals are updated daily at http://dhhs.ne.gov/coronavirus.
Local health departments are reporting deaths and cases in their jurisdictions. In the event of a discrepancy between DHHS dashboard data and deaths or cases reported by local public health officials, data reported by the local health department should be considered the most up to date.
Governor Pete Ricketts has announced changes to some of the state's Directed Health Measures, including re-openings of selected businesses in specific regions of Nebraska. The new DHM updates can be found by clicking here. Not sure which local health department is yours? A map is available by clicking here.
Governor Ricketts recently announced TestNebraska, a public-private partnership designed to increase testing capacity and #CrushTheCurve in Nebraska. TestNebraska launched this week in Grand Island, Omaha and Lincoln. Additional mobile testing sites are expected to become available shortly.
The Governor is urging all Nebraskans to take the assessment provided on the TestNebraska website to help identify cases of COVID-19 in the state. After taking the assessment, participants who fit the criteria will be notified via phone or email that they qualify to be tested for COVID-19. Nebraskans can take the assessment at https://www.testnebraska.com/. Because people can develop symptoms quickly, Nebraskans are asked to update their assessments from time to time as needed.
DHHS supports Governor Ricketts in urging Nebraskans to follow the Six Rules to Keep Nebraska Healthy.
Recent studies show that a significant portion of people with COVID-19 lack symptoms and those who eventually develop symptoms can pass the virus to others before showing symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-faq.html.
Cloth face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing. Public health officials continue to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing is crucial to slowing the spread of the virus.
Here's where to find tools and resources for individuals and families, schools, communities, businesses, healthcare facilities, and first responders on the DHHS website - http://dhhs.ne.gov/coronavirus and CDC's website – https://www.cdc.gov/covid19.
DHHS opened a statewide COVID-19 information line to help answer general questions and share the latest information and resources with Nebraskans to help keep them informed. The number is (402) 552-6645 or toll-free at (833) 998-2275; hours of operation are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. CDT, 7 days a week.
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.