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.

 

COVID-19 Positive Case Count by Day the Health Department was Notified (plus mode of transmission); Sarpy and Cass County

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
March 8 March 9 March 10 March 11 March 12

March 13
1 Case

March 14
March 15 March 16
1 Case
March 17 March 18
1 Case
March 19
1 Case
March 20 March 21
2 Cases
March 22
1 Case
March 23
1 Case
March 24 March 25
3 Cases
March 26
1 Case
March 27
1 Case
March 28
March 29
2 Cases
March 30
1 Case
March 31
3 Cases
April 1
1 Case
April 2
9 Cases
April 3
2 Cases
April 4
April 5
4 Cases
April 6
2 Cases
April 7
1 Case
April 8
1 Case
April 9
2 Cases
April 10 April 11
1 Case
April 12
2 Cases
April 13
3 Cases
April 14
1 Case
April 15
1 Case
April 16
1 Case
April 17 April 18
5 Cases
April 19
1 Case
April 20
1 Case
April 21 April 22
5 Cases
April 23
7 Cases
April 24
7 Cases
April 25
10 Cases
April 26
8 Cases
April 27
6 Cases
April 28
1 Case
April 29
19 Cases
April 30
7 Cases
May 1
10 Cases
May 2
6 Cases
May 3
5 Cases
May 4
11 Cases
May 5
12 Cases

May 6
14 Cases

May 7
17 Cases
May 8
27 Cases
May 9
8 Cases
May 10
8 Cases
May 11
12 Cases
May 12
7 Cases
May 13
20 Cases
May 14
18 Cases
May 15
12 Cases
May 16
28 Cases
May 17
6 Cases
May 18
13 Cases
May 19
15 Cases
May 20
25 Cases
May 21
23 Cases
May 22
19 Cases
May 23
17 Cases
May 24
18 Cases
May 25
16 Cases
May 26
10 Cases
May 27
34 Cases
May 28
27 Cases
May 29
36 Cases
May 30
35 Cases
May 31
43 Cases
June 1
21 Cases
June 2
32 Cases
June 3 June 4 June 5 June 6

 

Travel

International Travel Health Notices: CDC recommendations for postponing or canceling travel to international countries affected by COVID-19.
Important Information for Travelers Regarding Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

 

Effective June 1, 2020

Travelers

  • Nebraskans returning home from international travel (excluding healthcare workers, commuters, and other unique groups as defined below) should self-quarantine and self-monitor for 14 days upon return/arrival. Those staying less than 14 days in Nebraska should self-quarantine and self-monitor for the duration of their stay.
  • Every healthcare worker who returns from international 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., PPE while at work, self-monitoring, self-quarantine) that mitigates patient and co-worker exposures. Special considerations should be taken for those working with high-risk patients (e.g., patients in long-term care, chronic heart or lung conditions, diabetes, pregnant women).
  • All individuals should limit public interactions, practice strict social distancing, and self-monitor for symptoms. All individuals who develop fever or respiratory illness symptoms, should immediately self-isolate, and report to a healthcare provider if symptoms are severe or medical attention is needed (calling ahead, when possible). If symptoms are mild, follow home care guidance and guidance to discontinue self-isolation. 

 

 

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

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​

Restaurant In-Room Dining Reopening Guidelines (4-28-20)

Recommended Best Practices for Barbers and Salons (5-10-20)

Recommended Best Practices for Massage Therapy (5-10-20)

Recommended Best Practices for Body Art (5-10-20)

Guidelines for the Conduct of Faith-Based Services Including Weddings and Funerals Held in Houses of Worship (4-30-20)

Guidelines for Dental Office Openings (4-28-20)

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

3/26/2020 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

Quarantine Instructions

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

Nebraska Dental Association Recommended Office Opening Protocols

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

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