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Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a total of fifteen (15) lab-confirmed cases as of 4:30 p.m. today, up from a total of 6 yesterday morning. Fourteen (14) cases are in Hall County and one (1) case is in Hamilton County. The total number of tests administered is not known since various labs both private and public are processing tests. The increased number of positive tests is concerning but not unexpected. “We will continue to monitor the number of positive cases in our three-county area, and take necessary actions to protect our community,” states Anderson.

Anderson reminds community members that social distancing is the responsibility of everyone ALL the time. Fresh air and sunshine are great both physically and mentally, but there are limits. It is not possible to play games like basketball or soccer and keep a 6-foot distance even outdoors. Outdoor activities that maintain social distancing include taking family walks or bike rides, hiking, boating, fishing, gardening, camping with the family, etc. As long as, a 6-foot distance between people is maintained, outdoor activities are encouraged. Also remember, ten or more people create a gathering inside or outside. “We are asking that people practice social distancing regardless of whether they are indoors or outdoors,” says Anderson.

We see that as weeks go by, social distancing is becoming more of the standard and people are adapting to the idea of continuously maintaining that 6-foot distance. It is up to each of us to protect ourselves, our families and each other.  Slowing the spread of the virus remains our chief goal.

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LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts held a press conference to announce that the State of Nebraska has extended statewide social distancing restrictions through April 30th.  Earlier in March, the State of Nebraska issued social distancing restrictions for the entire state.  The previously announced restrictions, which have now been extended, can be found by clicking here.

In addition to these social distancing restrictions, 30 counties are currently covered by a Directed Health Measure which can be found by clicking here.

At the news conference, Gov. Ricketts detailed new unemployment programs being implemented in Nebraska as a result of federal legislation to aid the pandemic response.  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on March 27, 2020.

The Governor explained that the Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) is undertaking software changes and making other preparations to roll out the unemployment programs outlined in the CARES Act.  Nebraska’s Labor Commissioner, John Albin, is working directly with the U.S. Department of Labor to expedite implementation of the unemployment programs.  At today’s press briefing, Commissioner Albin joined the Governor to overview the unemployment programs contained in the CARES Act and to report on the State’s preparations to administer them.

Those programs include:
·       Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) – Allows unemployment benefits to individuals who have exhausted all other unemployment benefits, and those not eligible for other unemployment benefits, including workers who are self-employed and independent contractors.  The minimum PUA weekly payment will be $174 and top out at $440.

·       Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) – This emergency increase in Unemployment Insurance Benefits adds $600 per week in federal benefits to the unemployment benefit amount for COVID-19 unemployment claims, including PUA claims.

·       Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) – Allows 13 weeks of federally funded benefits to be added to the end of the normal 26 weeks of benefits.

·       Short Time Compensation Programs (also known as Work Share) – Provides federal funding of Short-Time Compensation, a program that allows businesses to uniformly reduce their teammates’ hours while the workers receive a partial unemployment benefit.

At today’s press event, Governor Ricketts also signed a proclamation to designate every Tuesday from March 31st through the end of April 2020 as “Takeout Tuesday.”  The purpose of the proclamation is to encourage Nebraskans to support their local dining establishments as these restaurants continue to serve customers during the pandemic.

R.J. Vega, with Copal restaurant in Lincoln, thanked the Governor for the proclamation during the press conference.  Vega described the challenges restaurants have faced due to the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.  Servers, bartenders, and hourly staff have had their lives profoundly impacted.  Restaurants have struggled to make payroll and keep the lights on.  Vega also spoke of Copal’s innovative work to overcome these challenges by transitioning its business model from dine-in to carry-out and delivery.

Gov. Ricketts also reiterated the State’s social distancing measures at the press conference.

·       Some Local Health Departments (LHD) in Lincoln and metro Omaha have issued additional restrictions on social gatherings and/or businesses.  Check with your LHD for additional information.  

·       The 10-person limitation applies to outdoor gatherings like picnics or outdoor activities like sand volleyball.

·       Travelers coming back to Nebraska from out of state should self-quarantine for 14 days.  This includes snowbirds returning to Nebraska after having spent the winter in places like Arizona, Florida, or Texas.  However, the guidance to sel

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is suspending the sale of nonresident spring turkey hunting permits in a proactive effort to prevent the potential for the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This is being done by the Commission in coordination with Gov. Pete Ricketts Executive Order No. 20-11 to help protect the health of Nebraskans by discouraging unnecessary travel.

Game and Parks will stop selling 2020 nonresident spring turkey permits effective immediately. Nonresidents who have purchased permits will be able to use them, but will not be able to purchase additional permits. Nonresidents with Nebraska turkey permits will be contacted by Game and Parks through email within the next week with additional information, including potential refunds.

Nebraska’s spring turkey season opened March 25 for archers. The shotgun season opens April 11 for youth and April 18 for adults. All turkey seasons close May 31.

The agency in late March closed all parks offices and commission offices; service and education centers; and other facilities temporarily. Also closed in April, with a possible extension period, are state park and recreation area lodges, cabins, and public shower buildings.

State parks, recreation areas and campgrounds remain open at this time, as are a limited number of public restrooms, which are sanitized regularly per Centers for Disease Control and Protection recommendations.

For the most up-to-date information on closures and event cancellations or postponements, visit OutdoorNebraska.org/healthinfo.

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MARCH 31, 2020 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP), with the assistance of the Imperial Police Department, have arrested a Chase County man on multiple charges following an investigation into reported sexual assaults of a child.

In February, NSP was notified by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services that a series of assaults had been reported to them. NSP immediately opened an investigation, which has determined that the assaults began in 2015 and continued until this year.

On Monday, March 30, officers with the Imperial Police Department arrested Richard Butt, 66, of Imperial. Butt was lodged in Chase County Jail for 1st degree sexual assault of a child and 3rd degree sexual assault of a child.

The investigation remains ongoing and additional charges are possible.

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Starting on Thursday, April 2, free meals for both Thursday and Friday will be offered. There will be no meal pickup on Fridays.

This decision was made for the safety of our staff and to limit their exposure. We will continue to make improvements for the health of our staff and our community.

Meals will be offered Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at eight locations.
Walnut Middle School; 1600 N. Custer Ave.; Door 23 (east entrance)
Knickrehm Elementary; 2013 N. Oak St.
Seedling Mile Elementary; 3208 East Seedling Mile Rd.
Dodge Elementary; 641 S. Oak St.
Howard Elementary; 502 W. 9th St.
Lincoln Elementary; 805 N. Beal St.
Starr Elementary; 1800 S. Adams St.
Shoemaker Elementary; 4160 W. Old Potash Highway

UPDATE: On-site registration May 5-7 will be rescheduled

Our on-site registration planned for May 5-7 at all schools will be rescheduled once we know a safe date in the future. 

Families can still register online at https://www.gips.org/registration. If they have questions they can contact us through Let's Talk.


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Grand Island Public Schools has announced the hiring of Dr. Ashley Tomjack as the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Learning.

“We are very excited to welcome Dr. Tomjack back to the district in a new role to help move us forward,” said Dr. Tawana Grover, GIPS superintendent. “Her experiences paired with her passion make her a great addition to the GIPS family.”

Tomjack is currently the principal at Blumfield Elementary School in the Ralston Public Schools district. She will join GIPS this summer, taking over the administration position vacated by Shanna Gannon, who has been named superintendent of Shelton Public Schools.

“In this role, I look forward to helping shape the educational opportunities we provide students and staff through the lens of curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional learning,” Tomjack said.

Dr. Tomjack started her teaching career with GIPS and is a former Engleman Wildcat.

“As a former teacher for Grand Island Public Schools, I am familiar with the high expectations for excellence that exist as well as the tremendous innovation that has taken place in the years since I was hired,” Tomjack said. “From the Academies of Grand Island Senior High to the Gear Up Promise grant, GIPS is rich with examples of creative ways that educators are meeting students’ needs and helping them reach their full potential academically. I am honored to have the opportunity to be part of a place that puts students first and I look forward to serving our students, staff and community as we work together to provide educational opportunities to open doors for kids.”
 
Dr. Toni Palmer, GIPS Chief of Leading for Learning, said she is looking forward to what Tomjack brings to the team.
 
"Dr. Tomjack's educational philosophy and experiences align well with our district mission and vision,” Palmer said. “I am confident she will continue the current work and leverage our administrative teams to lead forward as we plan for the 20-21 school year.
 
Tomjack said she and her husband, Jason, are eager to return to their roots in Central Nebraska and to be closer to family and friends.
 
“We have a deep commitment to the Grand Island community, respect the values with which we grew up and are looking forward to the opportunity to serve,” Tomjack said.
 
Grover said this role will make an impact on student achievement and will play a part in “ensuring GIPS has students who thrive.”
 
“This role is critical in accomplishing the goals we want to accomplish as a district,” Grover said. “Dr. Tomjack’s role will lend a hand to many of the 11 student success measures outlined in the GIPS Strategic Plan, as well as our three district priorities of equity, attendance and social-emotional learning.”

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(Grand Island, NE) - The Mayor’s office is carefully monitoring the evolving circumstances presented by the coronavirus. A public health emergency has been declared in the United States and on March 13 Governor Ricketts declared a public health emergency in the State of Nebraska.
Directed Health Measures for this area, county and Grand Island have been ordered by the
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and by the Central District Health
Department. In cooperation with these agencies and their efforts to prevent the spread of
Covid-19 and demands upon our medical community, Mayor Steele ordered that Jackrabbit
Run Golf Course and Heartland Shooting Park will close to the public effective March 31,
2020 until further notice.

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Central District Health Department Release: Today we report a total of six lab confirmed cases. Our first two cases of Covid-19 were reported on March 26, 2020. We have determined there is community spread and issued a Directed Health Measure for Hall, Hamilton and Merrick Counties on March 28, 2020.

During the first weeks of COVID-19 spread in the United States, our efforts were directed toward containing the virus; that is reducing the likelihood that we would see cases in our district. Given the highly contagious nature of COVID-19, we knew we could not prevent the virus entirely.  Now that we have community spread, our goal is to limit the number of cases at any one time in order to reduce the demand on our healthcare system. By reducing the number of people who have COVID-19 at any one time, we help keep the healthcare demand manageable.

The incubation period (time from exposure to onset of first symptoms) for COVID-19 can be up to 14 days. The symptoms range from no symptoms at all to fever alone or cough or shortness of breath or sore throat or severe fatigue or diarrhea. People with any of these symptoms should self-quarantine for 14 days, and if symptoms worsen, contact their healthcare provider.

 

There has been community concern for a birthday party held on March 14, 2020 in our district. CDHD reported no positive cases of COVID-19 at that time, and therefore no notice was provided to the public. We urge the community to focus on the fact that the virus is active in our community now and will likely continue to spread. Every one of us has a responsibility to reduce that spread by practicing social distancing and staying home when sick.  Refer to DHS 2020-1 (attached) for clarification and further information of the Directed Health Measure issued yesterday.

There is a statewide coronavirus (COVID-19) information line to help answer general questions and share the latest information and resources with Nebraskans to help keep them informed: (402) 552-6645; hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST, 7 days a week. CDHD’s Covid line (308)385-5175 will be operational 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the weekend.

CDHD encourages residents to stay informed by checking CDHD’s website at www.cdhd.ne.gov for local information and updates, as well as links to the state and national websites.


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North Platte, Ne - West Central District Health Department (WCDHD) has identified two hospitalized patients who have tested positive for COVID-19.While it is still early in the investigation, WCDHD will continue to aggressively work to determine the COVID-19 exposure source. This brings the total to five confirmed positive cases in Lincoln County. 


The first case is a male in his 90s who is currently hospitalized. 


The second individual is a female in her 80s who is currently hospitalized. 


“All of us have a role to play in this response. It’s critical that we continue to work together and focus on social distancing, self-isolation when ill and quarantining with high risk exposure to help slow the spread of COVID-19.” said Shannon Vanderheiden executive director of WCDHD. 


Public health officials would like to remind everyone that if you have symptoms of respiratory illness, please IMMEDIATLEY self-isolate and contact your healthcare provider or your local health department.



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MARCH 28, 2020 (OMAHA, NEB.)  — The Nebraska State Patrol is mourning the passing of Lt. Craig Loveless, who has served Nebraska for the last 33 years. Lt. Loveless, 54, of Omaha, passed away Friday, March 27, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

“Craig was universally admired throughout our State Patrol family,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “His bravery on our SWAT Teams, his expertise in training new troopers, and his leadership in the field have left a lasting impact on the State Patrol and all who worked alongside Craig.”

Lt. Loveless #172 joined NSP in 1987 and started his career in the Patrol Division, stationed in Omaha. In 1994, he transferred to Investigative Services and spent several years representing NSP on the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force. In 2005, Loveless was promoted to Sergeant at the NSP Training Academy in Grand Island, where he served for nine years.

While Loveless was instructing at the Training Academy, roughly 25 percent of all current NSP Troopers went through basic recruit camp. He also served in SWAT for 20 years and was the Special Operations Coordinator during his time in Grand Island. In 2014, Loveless was promoted to Lieutenant for the Patrol Division in Omaha, where he served for the rest of his career.

“We’re all better for having worked with Craig. Without question, he’s made Nebraska a safer place through his service and the lasting effect he has had on our agency,” said Colonel Bolduc. “Our hearts are with Craig’s fiancé and his children during this difficult time.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.  


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(CDHD Release) - It is with deep sadness that Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a COVID-19-related death of a hospitalized woman with underlying health issues in her 60s in Hall County. This is the third lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 and the first death reported in the Central District.

All identified close contacts will be notified, asked to self-quarantine (stay home) and be actively monitored twice daily by CDHD for fever and respiratory symptoms.

“We have community spread of the COVID-19 virus at this time,” states Anderson. “CDHD is in communication with state officials in regard to issuing a state Directed Health Measure.”

Typical symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath. People who are concerned they may have COVID-19 should self-isolate (have no contact with other people) and call ahead to their primary care provider to be screened over the phone. The provider can evaluate and determine if testing is necessary.

It is very important for our community to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 infection by:

·         Avoiding close contact with sick people and staying home if you are sick.

·         Avoiding non-essential travel and staying at home as much as possible.

·         Avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people.

·         Keeping space of 6 feet or more between yourself and others.

·         Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.

·         Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

·         Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash, or cough in your sleeve.

·         Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

There is a statewide coronavirus (COVID-19) information line to help answer general questions and share the latest information and resources with Nebraskans to help keep them informed: (402) 552-6645; hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST, 7 days a week. CDHD’s Covid line (308)385-5175 will be operational 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the weekend.

CDHD encourages residents to stay informed by checking CDHD’s website  eveningwww.cdhd.ne.gov for local information and updates, as well as links to the state and national websites.

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The Nebraska State Fair has voted (7-3) in favor to have Lori Cox move from her role of executive director to a  senior consultant until the end of her contract in 2021. This is a mutual agreement with the State Fair & Cox. Jamie Parr has been named interim State Fair Director.

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Two lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported to Central District Health Department (CDHD) on Thursday evening, March 26. One individual is a female in her 60s who is currently hospitalized and in isolation in Hall County. The other individual is a female in her 50s who is isolated at home in Hall County.

CDHD has initiated a contact investigation to identify people who may have been exposed so that they can take next steps and prevent further spread.

 All identified close contacts will be notified, asked to self-quarantine (stay home) and be actively monitored twice daily by CDHD for fever and respiratory symptoms.

 

Typical symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath. People who are concerned they may have COVID-19 should self-isolate (have no contact with other people) and call ahead to their primary care provider to be screened over the phone. The provider can evaluate and determine if testing is necessary.

 

People can help protect themselves and others from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections by:

 

·         Avoiding close contact with sick people and staying home if you are sick.

·         Avoiding non-essential travel and staying at home as much as possible.

·         Avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people.

·         Keeping space of 6 feet or more between yourself and others.

·         Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.

·         Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

·         Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash, or cough in your sleeve.

·         Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

There is a statewide coronavirus (COVID-19) information line to help answer general questions and share the latest information and resources with Nebraskans to help keep them informed: (402) 552-6645; hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST, 7 days a week. CDHD’s Covid line (3-8)285-5175 will be operational 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the weekend

 

CDHD encourages residents to stay informed by checking CDHD’s website  eveningwww.cdhd.ne.gov for local information and updates, as well as links to the state and national websites.

 


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US Labor Department - In the week ending March 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 3,283,000, an increase of 3,001,000 from the previous week's revised level. This marks the highest level of seasonally adjusted initial claims in the history of the seasonally adjusted series. The previous high was 695,000 in October of 1982. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 281,000 to 282,000. The 4-week moving average was 998,250, an increase of 765,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 232,250 to 232,500. 

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.2 percent for the week ending March 14, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending March 14 was 1,803,000, an increase of 101,000 from the previous week's revised level. 

This is the highest level for insured unemployment since April 14, 2018 when it was 1,824,000. The previous week's level was revised up 1,000 from 1,701,000 to 1,702,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,731,000, an increase of 27,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 1,703,250 to 1,703,500.  


FoodBank Mobile Pantry will be in North Platte on April 14, 2020 from 1pm until the food is gone to help meet your family's needs.

McKinley Education Center at 3010 West F Street in North Platte.

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — The state game and parks commission has banned both alcohol possession and consumption at Lake McConaughy and neighboring Lake Ogallala in western Nebraska. The commission voted Friday at its meeting in Hastings for the proposal, which affects only state-controlled areas. It's among several agreements the state worked out with local leaders to avert drastic cuts in access. The commission had been considering access restrictions following complaints about overcrowding and rowdy behavior last Fourth of July. But the commission delayed action in January after hundreds of people showed up for a hearing on the proposed rules.

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Gothenburg, Ne - (Gothenburg Health Press Release 3/22/2020)

Gothenburg Health has confirmed a positive case for COVID-19.

This is a travel-related case, NOT due to community spread; the individual has been requested to be in self-isolation. Out of an abundance of caution, Gothenburg Health is quarantining all exposed staff for the full 14 days since exposure (CDC guideline). Gothenburg Health is financially taking care of all staff forced to quarantine.

Gothenburg Health has and will continue rigorous cleaning routines in the facility to help protect the health and safety of all employees and patients. We are actively working to cancel all non-essential visits to our facility and have created a workflow to protect suspect patients from healthy patients.

We urge the community to remain vigilant in practicing strict social distancing:

• Stay at least 6 feet apart from others at all times.

• Keep group interaction to 10 people or fewer (and highly consider the necessity of the group interaction).

• Eliminate discretionary social visits.

• Work from home if possible; businesses continuing to operate should reduce unnecessary human to human interaction.

• Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, and refrain from touching your face.

Anyone experiencing a cough, sore throat, fever or shortness of breath should stay home and isolate themselves. Please contact Gothenburg Health at 308-537-3661 if you suspect you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 BEFORE coming to the facility.

 


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(Release from Two Rivers Public Health Department) 

Holdrege, NE --- One additional case of COVID-19 has been reported to Two Rivers Public Health Department. This individual is a Buffalo County male in his 50s who has minor symptoms and is currently self-isolated at home. Two Rivers Public Health Department
staff are actively monitoring this situation. This person is a family member of the first case.
“We expected to see this case since he reported similar symptoms and had been in prolonged, close contact with the first case,”
states Glenda Fraber, Assistant Director. These two cases had limited contact with other individuals in the community based on
information gathered during Two Rivers Public Health Department’s investigation.
People who are concerned they may have COVID-19 should self-isolate and call ahead to their primary care provider to be screened
over the phone. The provider can evaluate and determine if testing is necessary.
Certain people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, including older adults and people who have serious chronic
medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease, according to the CDC. The people in the higher risk groups should:
• Stock up on supplies, including extra necessary medications
• Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others
• When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact, and wash your hands often.
• Avoid crowds as much as possible.
• Avoid cruise travel, and nonessential travel.
• If there is a COVID-19 outbreak in the community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being
exposed.
There is a statewide COVID-19 information line to help answer general questions and share the latest information and resources
with Nebraskans to help keep them informed: 402-552-6645; hours of operation are 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. 7 days a week. For more
information call Two Rivers Public Health Department at (888) 669-7154 or visit www.trphd.org.
Follow TRPHD on Facebook and Twitter (@2RPHD)
Two Rivers Public Health Department engages collaborative partners, community leaders, and the public to promote
healthy lifestyles, provide preventative education, assure environmental quality, and create more healthy and safe
communities for all who live within the district.

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(Release from Two Rivers Public Health Department) 

Holdrege, NE --- Two Rivers Public Health Department has identified the first travel related case of COVID-19 in the district. This
individual is a Buffalo County female in her 40s who has minor symptoms and is currently self-isolated at home. Two Rivers Public
Health Department staff are actively monitoring this situation.
Local public health staff continue to work closely with Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to identify individuals
who have been in contact with this individual. Two Rivers Public Health Department have interviewed family members to collect a
history of this patient to identify where this individual has spent time.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can appear 2-14 days after an individual is exposed. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of
breath. Older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease are at a higher risk
for getting this illness. “Please take every day precautions such as avoiding close contact with those who are ill, and preventative
actions like washing your hands,” urges Health Director, Jeremy Eschliman.
Performing good health habits can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases in your community. Some
steps to take are:
• Stay home if you are sick
• Avoid close contact with those who are sick
• Wash your hands often, use hand sanitizer when soap and water aren’t available
• Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
There is a statewide COVID-19 information line to help answer general questions and share the latest information and resources
with Nebraskans to help keep them informed: 402-552-6645; hours of operation are 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. 7 days a week. For more
information call Two Rivers Public Health Department at (888) 669-7154 or visit www.trphd.org.
Follow TRPHD on Facebook and Twitter (@2RPHD)
Two Rivers Public Health Department engages collaborative partners, community leaders, and the public to promote
healthy lifestyles, provide preventative education, assure environmental quality, and create more healthy and safe
communities for all who live within the district.

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — A Colorado man is accused of killing a woman whose body was found in a western Nebraska retention pound. Lincoln County Court records say 40-year-old William Stanback is charged with first-degree murder and two weapons counts. Authorities have said he fatally shot his fiancee, 42-year-old Kimberly Ermi. Her body was recovered from the North Platte pond on March 3. She lived in Greeley, Colorado, as does Stanback. He's being held in Lincoln County Jail on $5 million bail. The court records don't list the name of an attorney who could comment for Stanback.

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