Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Disease, or COVID-19, is a respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. 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.


COVID-19 Positive Case Count by Day the Health Department was Notified; Sarpy and Cass County

View historic Case Count by Day information here.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
July 4
4 Cases
July 5
5 Cases
July 6
9 Cases
July 7
5 Cases
July 8
11 Cases
July 9
7 Cases
July 10
1 Case
July  11
2 Cases
July  12
19 Cases
July  13
10 Cases
July  14
16 Cases
July  15
14 Cases
July  16
10 Cases
July  17
9 Cases
July  18
15 Cases
July  19
16 Cases
July  20
11 Cases
July  21
12 Cases
July  22
33 Cases
July  23
36 Cases
July  24
11 Cases
July  25
15 Cases
July  26
40 Cases
July  27
24 Cases
July  28
42 Cases
July  29
56 Cases
July  30
30 Cases
July  31
12 Cases

COVID-19 Testing Locations

  • OneWorld Community Health Center, 4920 South 30th Street, Omaha, NE.  Testing is for OneWorld patients with symptoms.  Call 402-734-4110 for an appointment.
  • Charles Drew Health Centers, 2915 Grant Street and 5319 N 30th Street, Omaha, NE.  Call 402-451-3553 for an appointment.
  • CVS Minute Clinics.  Visit to schedule an appointment.  Locations include 14460 West Maple Road, 4840 Dodge Street, and 6901 S 84th Street.
  • Nebraska Medicine at 402-559-0041
  • Nebraska Methodist Health System at 402-354-4800
  • Hy-Vee pharmacies on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings.  Visit to register for a test voucher and appointment time.


COVID-19 Vaccination

The Sarpy/Cass Health Department is collaborating with State and local partners to equitably distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in a way that provides the most protection for Nebraskans as quickly as possible.  Please visit the COVID-19 Vaccine webpage for more information.



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


Help if you are 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


Mental Health Considerations During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Manage Anxiety and Stress

Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak 


Directed Health Measures - Sarpy and Cass Counties

5-6-21 Directed Health Measures - Effective May 6th - May 31st

4-15-21 Directed Health Measures - Effective April 15th - May 31st

3-16-21 Directed Health Measures - Effective March 16th - April 30th

3-1-21 Directed Health Measures - Effective March 1st - March 31st

1-29-21 Directed Health Measures - Effective January 30th - February 28th

1-29-21 Directed Health Measures - Outline of Changes

12-24-20 Directed Health Measures - Effective December 24th - January 31st

12-24-20 Phased Public Health Restrictions

12-11-20 Directed Health Measures - Effective December 12th - 31st

12-3-20 Directed Health Measures - Effective December 3rd - 31st

12-3-20 Options to Discontinue Quarantine FAQ's

12-1-20 Directed Health Measures - Effective December 1st - 31st

10/10/2020 Directed Health Measures - Effective November 11th - 31st

COVID-19 Guidance Documents for specific industries

10/21/2020 Changes to Directed Health Measures - DHM through Novmeber 30th

9/21/2020 Directed Health Measures - Updates to Phase 4

9/14/2020 Directed Health Measures - Phase 4 of DHM through October 31st

9/1/2020 Directed Health Measures - Phase 3 of DHM through September 13th

8/1/2020 Directed Health Measures - Phase 3 of DHM through August 31st

6/22/20 Directed Health Measures

5/29/2020 Directed Health Measures - Expansions and re-opening guidance through June 31st

4/30/2020 Directed Health Measures - Expansion on limitations on gatherings and re-opening guidance through May 31st​

4/9/2020 Directed Health Measures - Additions to statewide DHM, schools and extracurricular activities restricted through May 31st

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

3/29/2020 Directed Health Measures

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


Nebraska Resources

Food Drop Program Cass County

Food Banks


COVID-19 Federal Updates

Jeff Fortenberry - First Congressional District of Nebraska

Don Bacon - Second Congressional District of Nebraska


Information for the Public

Quarantine Timeline

Homemade cloth face masks

Quarantine Instructions

COVID-19 information for the public

COVID-19 and You Factsheet

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Coronavirus and Pregnancy

Questions about Respirators and their Use

Nonpharmaceutical Interventions

Information for Healthcare Professionals

COVID-19 information for healthcare professionals

Nebraska Dental Association Recommended Office Opening Protocols

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


Testing Resources

General guidance and testing information for Nebraskans

Healthcare providers and clinics and facilities testing information


Information for Businesses

Guidelines for the Conduct of Faith-Based Services - 4-30-20

Guidelines for Restaurant In-Room Dining Reopening - 4-28-20

Guía de Reapertura de Restaurantes Tipo Comedor​ - 4-29-2020

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


Sarpy/Cass Health Department COVID-19 Risk Dial (Retired July 1, 2021)

The Sarpy/Cass Health Department COVID-19 Risk Dial was established in the summer of 2020 (and retired on July 1, 2021) to give an overview of the current risk and severity of COVID-19 in Sarpy and Cass Counties. The guidance for each category was based on federal and state guidance published by public health experts.  This guidance did not replace any federal, state, or local directed health measure. This tool was developed by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and modified for use by the Sarpy/Cass Health Department. 

The Sarpy/Cass Health Department COVID-19 Risk Dial was comprised of the following measures: 

  • Weekly COVID-19 positivity rate in Sarpy and Cass Counties (using the person/person rate of # of new people with positive tests divided by the # of new people with positive test results + the # of new people with negative test results) (three-week average)
  • Number of new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people (three-week average)
  • Percent of ICU beds available in the Omaha Metro area hospitals (three-week average)
  • Percent of critical medical equipment available in the Omaha Metro area hospitals (three-week average)
  • Percent of eligible population fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (current percent)
  • Percent of positive COVID-19 residents contacted for an investigation within 48 hours of the positive test result (three-week average)

All six factors were averaged together to determine the overall risk category.