LINCOLN – Officials with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) posted Halloween and holiday planning information along with another round of Test Nebraska testing sites.
According to a release from DHHS, Nebraskans are being encouraged to adapt celebrations such as trick-or-treating and fall activities in light of the ongoing pandemic.
The Center for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) offers recommendations that lower the potential for COVID-19 exposure during Halloween, Día de los Muertos, Thanksgiving and other holiday celebrations. Ways to modify favorite traditions and celebrate safely this fall are available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween.
Costume masks are not a substitute for a protective cloth face mask and should not be worn unless made of two or more layers of breathable fabric covering the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face. All other costume masks should not be layered over cloth masks because it can make it hard to breathe.
Anyone with COVID-19 or who may have been exposed to COVID-19 should avoid in-person celebrations.
As of last Friday (October 2), the state case total was at 46,977 overall COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 3,815 from the previous Friday and there are now 493 COVID-19 related deaths in the state, an increase of 25. A total of 34,090 Nebraskans diagnosed with COVID-19 have since recovered.
Area Test Nebraska testing sites continue to be hosted by Madison, Norfolk, O’Neill, Plainview, Wayne and West Point. Visit Testnebraska.com, or use TestNebraska/es for Spanish, to schedule an appointment at one of more than 60 Test Nebraska locations across the state.
Area testing sites can be found below:
Madison Midtown Health Center (222 Main Street): Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3 – 5 p.m.
Norfolk Faith Regional COVID Test Clinic (301 North 31st Street): Tuesday from 8 a.m. until noon and Wednesday from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
O’Neill North Central District Health Department (422 East Douglas Street): Tuesday from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Plainview CHI Health (704 North 3rd Street): Tuesday from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Wayne Family Medical Clinic (615 East 14th Street): Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until noon.
West Point Franciscan Care Services (430 North Monitor Street): Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. until noon.
Nebraskans seeking information or help with general questions can call the DHHS COVID-19 information hotline at 402-552-6645, or toll-free 833-998-2275. The COVID-19 hotline is open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. CT, 7 days a week. DHHS will continue to share new information via the DHHS website, http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.