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.
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.
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