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. 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
Jan 10
89 Cases
Jan 11
100 Cases
Jan 12
88 Cases
Jan 13
301 Cases
Jan 14
106 Cases
Jan 15
31 Cases
Jan 16
123 Cases
Jan 17
77 Cases
Jan 18
41 Cases
Jan 19
143 Cases
Jan 20
135 Cases
Jan 21
118 Cases
Jan 22
83 Cases
Jan 23
65 Cases
Jan 24
56 Cases
Jan 25 Jan 26 Jan 27 Jan 28 Jan 29 Jan 30

 

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.
  • Gretna Health.  21689 Northstar Drive, Gretna.  Visit COVID-19 Rapid Testing Gretna, NE (gretnahealth.com) to schedule a test or call 402-881-2726.

 

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.

 

Pre-Registration for Residents Aged 65 and Over:

If you are aged 65 or over and live in Sarpy or Cass County, the Health Department is offering a pre-registration process for receiving additional information regarding COVID-19 vaccine availability.  This survey does not register you for a vaccine; it is a mechanism for you to be contacted once you are eligible to receive the vaccine.  COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration Survey for Residents Aged 65 and Over

If you do not have access to a computer and would like to pre-register, please call 531-203-0322 and leave a voice message with your name, address, date of birth, phone number, as well as an email address if you have one.  A staff member will use this information to register for you.

 

Travel

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

 

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 

 

Directed Health Measures - Sarpy and Cass Counties

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

Halloween Opt-Out Sign

Halloween Welcome Sign

 

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

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 level is based on federal guidance published by national 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, which are all weighted equally.  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
  • Percent change in the number of Sarpy and Cass County COVID-19 positive cases from the previous week
  • Average number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the Omaha metro area for the week
  • Average number of available critical medical equipment (ventilators) in the Omaha metro area for the week
  • Average number of adult ICU bed availability in the Omaha metro area for the week
  • Percent of cases determined to be community acquired in Sarpy and Cass Counties
  • Weekly percent of positive COVID-19 case investigations that were conducted within 48 hours in Sarpy and Cass Counties

Three week averages for each of these measures are quantified into a score ranging from 0 (no risk) to 4 (severe risk).  More information about the individual measures can be found in the COVID-19 Risk Dial Metrics document.