Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Disease, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.  While CDC officials consider this a serious public health threat, the immediate health risk to the public is considered low at this time.  This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.  The Health Department is committed to ensuring our residents and healthcare professionals have access to the most up-to-date information to ensure the health and safety of themselves, their patients, and our community.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring this outbreak and publishes the most accurate and timely COVID-19 information.  Please visit the CDC's website for more information.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats.  Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people. Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

 

Important Information for Travelers Regarding Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

International Travel Health Notices: CDC recommendations for postponing or canceling travel to international countries affected by COVID-19.

 

Updated Guidance for Travel - March 22, 2020

  • The best way to minimize COVID-19 virus introduction/spread in Nebraska is to: minimize out- of-state travel; maximize the amount of self-quarantine, social distancing, and non-pharmaceutical interventions among travelers returning to Nebraska.
  • Returning travelers from regions with widespread sustained transmission (e.g., CDC Level 3 countries - https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices#alert ) should self-quarantine for 14 days following return.
  • Widespread local transmission is occurring in many regions of the US, and may be unrecognized and underreported due to the lack of testing. Returning travelers from regions of the U.S. with widespread transmission should self-quarantine for 14 days following return (e.g., California, New York City, Seattle, etc).
  • All other out-of-state travelers returning via public transportation (air, train, bus), from any other international or domestic location, should limit public interactions, practice strict social distancing, self-monitor for symptoms, and self-quarantine for 14 days if feasible.
  • 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.
  • IF a returning traveler develops fever or respiratory illness, they need to IMMEDIATELY self-isolate and report to a healthcare provider if symptoms are severe or medical attention is needed.  If symptoms are mild, follow home care guidance and self-isolate until 7 days after onset and 72 hours symptom-free.
  • Commuters crossing state borders (e.g., Council Bluffs to Omaha, Sioux City to South Sioux City) are not considered a risk group and are not addressed in these policy recommendations.

 

Outlook Enrichment Hotline for Blind and Visually Impaired

It can be overwhelming to find the resources you need during this challenging time, especially if you have poor or no vision. If you can’t see or can’t see very well, call Outlook Enrichment’s COVID-19 Help Line at 531-365-5059 for assistance from people who understand vision challenges and want to help. This line is staffed 8 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Messages received outside of these times will be answered within 24 hours. These resources can also be found at outlookne.org/covidhelp.

 

Mental Health Considerations During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Manage Anxiety and Stress

Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak 

Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

 

Directed Health Measures - Sarpy and Cass Counties

4/1/2020 Directed Health Measures - Cease of in-person instruction in schools for all of Nebraska

3/29/2020 Directed Health Measures - Limitations on gatherings that do not allow for social distancing starting March 31st

3/26/2020 Updated Directed Health Measures

3/19/2020 Directed Health Measures

 

Nebraska-Specific Information

Nebraska-specific COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Interactive Map

Nebraska Media Release Archives

COVID-19 Disaster Relief Hotline: 1-844-268-5627

3/29/2020 Directed Health Measures

DHHS News Release - Coronavirus Disease 2019 Case Update

3/7/2020 DHHS News Release - Voluntary Quarantine Requested of Special Olympics Basketball Tournament Participants and Attendees to Prevent Potential Spread for Coronavirus Disease 2019

3/3/2020 DHHS News Release - Coronavirus Disease 2019 Cases Increasing in U.S.

2/26/20 DHHS News Release - Travel to Countries with Community Transmission

2/5/20 DHHS News Release – Monitoring of the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

1/27/20 DHHS News Release – Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

Nebraska Resources

Food Drop Program Cass County

Food Banks

Food Resources

Additional Resources

 

COVID-19 Federal Updates

Jeff Fortenberry - First Congressional District of Nebraska

Don Bacon - Second Congressional District of Nebraska

 

Information for the Public

Homemade cloth face masks

Events, public gatherings, and school information

10 Things the Public Should Know About COVID-19

Rolling Updates on COVID-19

COVID-19 information for the public

COVID-19 and You Factsheet

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Information Phone Line - (402) 444-3400

Coronavirus and Pregnancy

Questions about Respirators and their Use

Nonpharmaceutical Interventions

 

Information for Healthcare Professionals

COVID-19 information for healthcare professionals

Steps Healthcare Facilities Can Take Now To Prepare for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Strategies to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Long Term Care Facilities

 

Testing Resources

General guidance and testing information for Nebraskans

Testing site information

Healthcare providers and clinics and facilities testing information

 

Information for Businesses

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19

 

Information for Schools

Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Nebraska Department of Education Coronavirus Resources for Schools