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
COVID-19 Event and Gathering Safety Plan
During the COVID-19 response, local health departments are working with businesses and private individuals to develop event safety plans. The goal of the COVID-19 Event and Gathering Safety Plan is to limit the spread of the coronavirus and keep workers and attendees safe at gatherings, events and venues.
This electronic form will help you write your own event safety plan. Please complete this form, providing detailed descriptions where appropriate. When you submit the form, you can also save a copy of your completed event safety plan. Sarpy/Cass Health Department will review your plan and get back to you to confirm that it is approved or to suggest changes.
Before starting to complete this form, you may want to download and review the Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide developed by the Event Safety Alliance. This guide will help you consider what steps you will need to take to host safe and successful gatherings or events. Other resources that you may find helpful include CDC's Considerations for Restaurants and Bars and the COVID-19 Nebraska Guidance Documents. These sites are updated regularly.
For the electronic form, please click here.
COVID-19 Testing Locations
- Visit TestNebraska.com to complete an assessment and sign up for an appointment at a drive-through testing site offered through the State of Nebraska.
- 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 https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing 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 https://www.doineedacovid19test.com/ to register for a test voucher and appointment time.
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 outlookne.org/covidhelp.
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
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
COVID-19 Disaster Relief Hotline: 1-844-268-5627
COVID-19 Federal Updates
Information for Schools
The Sarpy/Cass Health Department COVID-19 Risk Dial is intended to give an overview of the current risk and severity of COVID-19 in Sarpy and Cass Counties. The guidance for each category is based on federal and state guidance published by public health experts. This guidance does 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 is comprised of the following measures. The Health Department continually evaluates these measures, as well as researches additional measures, to ensure the most appropriate factors are utilized to estimate COVID-19 risk in our communities.
- 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 are averaged together to determine the overall risk category. The arrow of the Risk Dial points to either green, yellow, orange or red.
More information about the individual measures can be found in the COVID-19 Risk Dial document. Scores in the "none", "widely available" or "highly able" categories equate to a zero for that factor; scores of 1-4 are assigned to the other categories. A summary of the risk categories and their recommendations can be found in the COVID Risk Guide and Community Guidance document.