Wayne Board Of Health Addresses COVID-19 Updates

WAYNE – Members with the Wayne Board of Health hosted a Monday afternoon meeting hearing updates on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meeting was held through zoom/teleconference pursuant of the Governor’s Executive Order.

Over the weekend, the first Wayne county COVID-19 positive test was announced. Julie Rother, health director said the household that was involved with the positive test in Wayne county was already taking necessary precautions before symptoms came about.

“There were a couple of different travel issues that I feel pretty confident we can link this back to that happened prior to the household isolating,” said Rother. “So, I think that’s probably where it came from. They’re doing well, getting better.”

Through Sunday, April 12 at 4:45 p.m., 59 residents in Cedar, Dixon, Thurston and Wayne counties have been tested with one still pending and the one positive test Saturday being a male in Wane county in his 70s through the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department.

The City of Wayne has also taken action on some policies having employees drive their own vehicles, according to city administrator Wes Blecke.

“They’re supposed to be wearing masks if they can’t maintain the six-foot distance; that includes if they’re in a vehicle with somebody else,” Blecke added. “We’ve also gone to split shifts now with our Public Works people.”

The City of Wayne had 12 people at home Monday and 12 people working in those departments as they’ll be alternated back and forth a week at a time.

Another topic that was brought up was recreation programs in the City of Wayne. All programs are currently suspended but some coaches are looking to get together for small group workouts. Those groups should follow the state-wide Directed Health Measure of no club sports through May 31.

The City of Wayne did close the basketball courts by the old swimming pool as mayor Giese talked about an example from what Omaha did.

“People kept not respecting the social distancing and they ended up just closing down more and more facilities.” Mayor Giese mentioned. “I want to keep everything open as long as possible but I think the public does need to know that we are willing to do that if necessary.”

The Wayne Softball Complex and Hank Overin have been left open because they’re public parks.

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