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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska has seen its number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus surpass 1,100 and jump of 6.8% in a day. The state Department of Health and Human Services reported Saturday that the Nebraska had another 72 confirmed coronavirus cases since Friday morning to bring the total to 1,138. The state’s number of COVID-19-related deaths remained at 24. The biggest hotspot was Hall County in central Nebraska, home to Grand Island and the fourth most-populous county in the state. The state health department reported that it had 491 confirmed cases as of Saturday afternoon. 

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Burwell, NE – Loup Basin Public Health Department (LBPHD) is alerting those in attendance at the funeral in Dunning, Nebraska on Monday, April 13, 2020 of a possible exposure to COVID19. An individual, who lives outside LBPHD’s jurisdiction, attended the funeral and later tested positive for COVID-19.

Through an investigation performed by Panhandle Public Health District, it was identified that
the individual who tested positive entered the viewing at Sandhills High School between 10:00
a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The individual was also outside of their vehicle at the grave site at Dunning Cemetery.

Those who were identified as high-risk exposures have been contacted and instructed to self quarantine through April 27, 2020. Since the individual who tested positive was unable to
identify all those within six feet, those who pinpoint they were at the above-mentioned
locations during the specified times are considered low risk and should self-monitor for
symptoms through April 27, 2020.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, muscle
aches, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of smell/taste. If you develop any of these
symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your primary medical provider.

For the latest information, visit the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
website at http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx or LBPHD on Facebook by searching
Loup Basin Public Health Department. 

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(April 16th) Burwell, NE –Loup Basin Public Health Departments (LBPHD) has identified two additional positive COVID-19 cases in Howard County. The first case is a male in his 50s with underlying health conditions. The second is a female in her 20s. Both cases were in contact with an individual who was known to be positive with COVID-19. Patient information is considered protected health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and will not be provided to protect the patient's privacy.
Contact tracing has been completed and one location of low-risk public exposure includes
Casey’s General Store at 1013 2nd Street in St. Paul, Nebraska. The times identified for low risk exposure to the public include April 10th and April 13th from 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. both days.

Those who identify that they were at this public place of low risk exposure during the specified
times should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days from the date of potential
exposure. Those who develop symptoms (fever, sudden onset of cough or shortness of breath,
diarrhea) should contact their health care providers for further direction.

As testing becomes more widespread in Nebraska, asymptomatic COVID-19 positives cases
have been identified. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 25%
of people continue to show no symptoms. With one in four COVID-19 cases being
asymptomatic, it is important to take measure to protect yourself when in public settings. The
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the use of cloth face coverings.

Cloth face coverings should fit snugly but comfortably against the sides of the face, be secured
with ties or ear loops, include multiple layers of fabrics, allow for breathing without restriction
and be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or changing the shape. Cloth
face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble
breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without
assistance.

For the latest information, visit the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
website at http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx or LBPHD (website: www.lbphd.org or
on Facebook by searching Loup Basin Public Health Department). 

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(CDHD Release) - Central District Health Department (CDHD) sadly reports two new Covid-19 related deaths in the district. A male in his 70’s died on April 15, 2020 at a hospital in Hall County. A male in his 80’s died on April 18, 2020 in a long-term care facility in Hall county. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the Central District is 8.

CDHD additionally reports a total of 491 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 2:00 p.m. today.  This total reflects an increase of 66 cases from yesterday’s total of 425. For the last few days, there have been at least 60 new positive cases each day. The total breakdown by county is Hall: 468; Hamilton: 17; and Merrick: 6.

A new research study shows that a person is likely most contagious before or just when he or she starts feeling symptoms. This is one reason why regular use of masks by the general public can be effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19. CDHD advises continued social distancing, staying at home, and if it necessary to leave the house, wearing a well-fitting mask at all times.

The CDHD office will be closed tomorrow. You may leave a message at 308-385-5175, or use the DHHS COVID-19 Information line: 402-552-6645. Office hours for the week of April 19, 2020 are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

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Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) announced today that a second person from SWNPHD’s health district has tested positive for COVID-19.

This second positive case is a male in their twenties in Furnas County.  They are currently self-isolating at home. Contact investigations are underway to identify people who came into close contact to help prevent further spread. All identified close contacts will self-quarantine and be actively monitored daily by public health officials for fever and symptoms.

SWNPHD and the other local health departments in Nebraska join Governor Ricketts in urging every Nebraskan to do all we can to Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected.

 

Stay Home

  • Stay home whenever possible.
  • Avoid gathering in any groups (if a group is necessary, limit it to no more than 10 people – and remember the 6 feet rule)
  • Do not visit or host people who do not live with you.  This includes family.
  • Work from home if you can.

Stay Healthy

  • Keep at least 6 feet distance from anyone you don’t live with.
  • Stay home if you are sick or if someone in your home is sick.
  • If you are an employer, make plans so that your employees can stay home when needed.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a cloth mask when you are out in public.
  • Shop once each week, alone, and be efficient.  Avoid browsing or lingering.

Stay Connected

  • Stay in touch with friends and loved ones by using your phone, tablet, computer, letters, or cards.
  • Check in on neighbors and other people who may be alone or need help.

 

All Nebraskans need to act today to limit the impact of coronavirus on our communities.

 

For general information on COVID-19 call the DHHS hotline at 402-552-6645, or visit the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website at http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx.

 

For more information on COVID-19 in southwest Nebraska, visit www.swhealth.ne.gov.  You can also follow SWNPHD on Facebook and Twitter. SWNPHD serves Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Hayes, Hitchcock, Keith, Perkins and Red Willow counties.  SWNPHD is located at 404 West 10th St (1 block north of Arby’s) in McCook or at 501 Broadway in Imperial (5th St. entrance).   


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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction and death penalty sentence of a state prisoner who admitted killing his cellmate for being too talkative. Patrick Schroeder was sentenced to death by a panel of judges in 2018 for strangling 22-year-old Terry Berry in April 2017 at the Tecumseh State Prison in southeast Nebraska. Schroeder, who was already serving a life sentence for the 2006 killing of 75-year-old Pawnee City farmer, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for killing Berry. He also served as his own attorney and did not contest prosecutors' death penalty case, saying he wanted to be put to death for his crimes.

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska has announced that it will begin offering tuition-free attendance to in-state students whose family income is less than $60,000. NU President Ted Carter announced the new policy Friday during an NU Board of Regents meeting in Lincoln. The policy applies to the system's undergraduate programs at its campuses in Lincoln, Omaha and Kearney. Carter says the program takes effect immediately for both new and returning undergraduate students. He says the $5 million program won’t require any additional funding from the state. The university system already guarantees tuition-free education for nearly 3,000 students from low-income families. The expanded program is expected to cover another 1,000 students.

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FREMONT, Neb.  — Two more workers have tested positive for coronavirus at a Nebraska plant that processes out chickens for Costco. That brings to three the number of confirmed cases at the Fremont plant. It said it got its first COVID-19 case on Monday. Lincoln Premium Poultry supplies Costco with millions of rotisserie chickens and other cuts. The plant employs roughly 1,100 people.

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts says he may take a regional approach to lifting social distancing restrictions in Nebraska, similar to the way he tightened the rules to fight the coronavirus. Ricketts says he’ll follow a phased-in, “one step at a time” approach to avoid another flare-up of the virus. Nebraska’s statewide social distancing mandates are in place until at least April 30. His comments came after a meeting Thursday between U.S. governors and the White House, and the Trump administration’s rollout of recommendations to reopen the country. 

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(CDHD Release) - Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a total of 425 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 2:00 p.m. today.  The total number of lab-confirmed cases is 65 greater than yesterday’s report of 360 cases.

Please direct any calls to CDHD at 308-385-5175 this weekend 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or use the DHHS COVID-19 Information line: 402-552-6645.

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Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) announced today that a person from SWNPHD’s health district has tested positive for COVID-19.

SWNPHD is working with healthcare providers and DHHS to identify additional people who came into close contact with this person.  These people will be self-quarantined and actively monitored twice daily by public health officials for fever and respiratory symptoms. SWNPHD wants to reassure the public that steps are being taken to protect community members and healthcare workers and to decrease the spread of the illness.

The person testing positive is a male in their thirties in Red Willow County.  They are currently self-isolating at home.

The best way to reduce the risk of becoming infected with a respiratory virus, such as COVID-19 or influenza, is to practice good hygiene:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching facial areas, such as eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes using a tissue and throw it away immediately after; wash hands after using a tissue to wipe your nose or mouth.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces like handles, counters, and cellphones.

 

What to do if you think you are sick:

  • Self-isolate - Stay at home and limit contact with other members of your household. Most individuals who become ill will have mild to moderate symptoms that can be treated at home with pain and fever reducers like acetaminophen (Tylenol). It is the most helpful to remain at home and avoid spreading the virus to others.
  • Household members who live with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19 should self-quarantine, which means staying at home and not having visitors. Limit time spent within 6 feet of the sick person to ten minutes or less and disinfect surfaces frequently.
  • For those who experience more severe symptoms, call ahead to your medical provider so they can ensure the safety of medical staff and other patients and put proper protocols in place to reduce the risk of spreading illness to others prior to your arrival. 

What to do when you are well again:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided the following guidance to know when to end self-isolation and quarantine.

  • Self-isolation ends when it has been at least 7 days since symptoms first appeared AND no fever for at least 72 hours (3 full days of no fever without fever reducing medicine) AND all other symptoms have improved (e.g., cough has improved).
  • After home isolation ends, all members of the household should continue quarantine for 7 days after the sick person has been released from isolation AND then continue 7 more days with self-monitoring for symptoms.

For general information on COVID-19 call the DHHS hotline at 402-552-6645, or visit the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website at http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx.

 

For more information on COVID-19 in southwest Nebraska, visit www.swhealth.ne.gov.  You can also follow SWNPHD on Facebook and Twitter. SWNPHD serves Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Hayes, Hitchcock, Keith, Perkins and Red Willow counties.  SWNPHD is located at 404 West 10th St (1 block north of Arby’s) in McCook or at 501 Broadway in Imperial (5th St. entrance).  308-345-4223.


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Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) announced today that a person from SWNPHD’s health district has tested positive for COVID-19.

SWNPHD is working with healthcare providers and DHHS to identify additional people who came into close contact with this person.  These people will be self-quarantined and actively monitored twice daily by public health officials for fever and respiratory symptoms. SWNPHD wants to reassure the public that steps are being taken to protect community members and healthcare workers and to decrease the spread of the illness.

The person testing positive is a male in their thirties in Red Willow County.  They are currently self-isolating at home.

The best way to reduce the risk of becoming infected with a respiratory virus, such as COVID-19 or influenza, is to practice good hygiene:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching facial areas, such as eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes using a tissue and throw it away immediately after; wash hands after using a tissue to wipe your nose or mouth.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces like handles, counters, and cellphones.

 

What to do if you think you are sick:

  • Self-isolate - Stay at home and limit contact with other members of your household. Most individuals who become ill will have mild to moderate symptoms that can be treated at home with pain and fever reducers like acetaminophen (Tylenol). It is the most helpful to remain at home and avoid spreading the virus to others.
  • Household members who live with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19 should self-quarantine, which means staying at home and not having visitors. Limit time spent within 6 feet of the sick person to ten minutes or less and disinfect surfaces frequently.
  • For those who experience more severe symptoms, call ahead to your medical provider so they can ensure the safety of medical staff and other patients and put proper protocols in place to reduce the risk of spreading illness to others prior to your arrival. 

What to do when you are well again:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided the following guidance to know when to end self-isolation and quarantine.

  • Self-isolation ends when it has been at least 7 days since symptoms first appeared AND no fever for at least 72 hours (3 full days of no fever without fever reducing medicine) AND all other symptoms have improved (e.g., cough has improved).
  • After home isolation ends, all members of the household should continue quarantine for 7 days after the sick person has been released from isolation AND then continue 7 more days with self-monitoring for symptoms.

For general information on COVID-19 call the DHHS hotline at 402-552-6645, or visit the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website at http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx.

 

For more information on COVID-19 in southwest Nebraska, visit www.swhealth.ne.gov.  You can also follow SWNPHD on Facebook and Twitter. SWNPHD serves Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Hayes, Hitchcock, Keith, Perkins and Red Willow counties.  SWNPHD is located at 404 West 10th St (1 block north of Arby’s) in McCook or at 501 Broadway in Imperial (5th St. entrance).  308-345-4223.


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APRIL 16, 2020 (HASTINGS, NEB.)  — The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred in Deweese Thursday afternoon. The incident involved a Nuckolls County Sheriff’s Deputy and a suspect who had been sought by multiple agencies throughout the week.

At approximately 3:54 p.m. Thursday, the deputy sheriff responded to a 911 call that the suspect of a prior Clay County Sheriff’s Office investigation, Wesley Blessing, 44, of Hastings, was in Deweese.

As the deputy responded, Blessing was observed with a handgun. During the confrontation, Blessing was shot by the sheriff’s deputy. Troopers and other law enforcement officers quickly arrived on scene to render medical aid. Blessing was transported to Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings with serious injuries. He has since been transported to Bryan Health West Campus in Lincoln.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office has requested that the Nebraska State Patrol conduct an investigation into the officer-involved shooting. The prior incidents remain under investigation by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

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(Central District Health Department Release) - Sadly, we report a COVID-19 related death, a male in his 60’s in a long-term care facility in Aurora, who died 4/15/20. The death brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the Central District to six. Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a total of 360 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 2:00 p.m. today.  Confirmed case to date by county are as follows: Merrick County has 6 cases, Hamilton County has 15, and Hall County has 339.

Yesterday, we listed the long-term care facilities where cases had been reported and incorrectly identified Azria Health Broadwell as “Wedgewood.” We apologize for the error. At this time we report over 40 COVID-19 positive tests in staff and residents in the following long term care facilities and home health services: Tabitha, Lakeview, Tiffany Square, Heritage, Edgewood, Country House, Azria Health Broadwell Good Samaritan in Hall County, and Westfield Quality Care in Hamilton County.

We have very limited testing for individuals referred to CDHD through the healthcare system. We are hopeful that the number of much needed COVID-19 tests will increase in the near future. Social distancing has been proven to be effective in reducing the spread of the virus and is something everyone can and should do until we advise otherwise.

Please direct any calls to CDHD at 308-385-5175 or use the DHHS COVID-19 Information line: 402-552-6645.

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APRIL 15, 2020 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  — The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) has partnered with two Lincoln businesses to develop a product that could save thousands of pieces of personal protective equipment. The product will allow NSP troopers and investigators to use gas masks with reusable filters rather than N95 masks at crime scenes.

Every NSP trooper and investigator has a gas mask, but filters for the current gas masks are in short supply during the COVID-19 pandemic. In searching for a solution, NSP personnel located several hundred filters which were made to fit a different design of gas mask, which was previously used by NSP. However, those filters did not fit the current gas masks.

Working with Lincoln businesses Kawasaki Motors and IntoMetal, an adapter has been produced that allows current gas masks to work with the different model of filter. Kawasaki was able to perfect a design for the adapter and IntoMetal was able to quickly produce the adapter using a 3D printer. The adapters are already being distributed for use throughout the state.

“This is tremendous work by our team and personnel from Kawasaki and IntoMetal,” said Colonel Bolduc. “This project has the potential to save thousands of pieces of PPE, such as N95 masks and face shields. By reducing our need for those valuable resources, hopefully the limited supplies can be diverted to medical workers and others working on the front lines against COVID-19.”

This project is intended for the masks to be used at crime scenes or during investigations. Troopers will not be wearing gas masks during regular patrols or on traffic stops.

NSP is also eager to share this design with any other law enforcement entities throughout the country that could potentially benefit from combining the MSA Millennium gas mask with the MSA 3-lug bayonet filter cartridges designed for the MSA Advantage 1000 mask. Any agency that would like to receive design specifications can find the design at the NSP website.

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City press conference Grand Island

Posted by KRGI News on Thursday, April 16, 2020

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We are deeply saddened to report the COVID-19 related death of a male in his 80’s at a hospital in Hall County. This death brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the Central District to five. Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a total of 297 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 2:00 p.m. today. Confirmed case to date by county are as follows: Merrick County has 4 cases, Hamilton County has 15, and
Hall County has 278. 

At this time we report a total of 40 COVID-19 positive tests in staff and residents in the following long term care
facilities and home health services: Tabitha, Wedgewood, Lakeview, Tiffany Square, Heritage, Edgewood, Country House, Good Samaritan in Hall County, and Westfield in Hamilton County.

We have very limited testing for individuals referred to CDHD through the healthcare system. We are hopeful that the number of much needed COVID-19 tests will increase in the near future. Social distancing has been proven to be effective in reducing the spread of the virus and is something everyone can and should do until we
advise otherwise.

Please direct any calls to CDHD at 308-385-5175 or use the DHHS COVID-19 Information line: 402-552-6645.

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The Nebraska National Guard began Testing for COVID-19 this morning, here's how today's process went.

Posted by ROCK 100.7 FM on Tuesday, April 14, 2020

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