LINCOLN – The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) asked that every Nebraskan take these six measures for continued safety from COVID-19.
Protect yourself and others (links provide more information):
- Keep your distance – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing.html
- Wear a face covering – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
- Recognize risk – https://www.nebraskamed.com/COVID/7-steps-to-identify-risky-covid-19-situations?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MIM07012020
- Stay home – if you’re sick or if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/index.html
- Get tested – if you’ve been exposed or have symptoms – TestNebraska.com or TestNebraska.com/es for Spanish or another testing site offered in your community
- Wash your hands – https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html
Learn more at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
COVID-19 testing will be offered in Madison this week. Dates available include July 29 and 30. Both days the testing center will be open from 3 – 5 p.m. at 222 Main Street in Madison. Norfolk has two different testing locations this week. From 8 a.m. – noon on Wednesday, July 29, Norfolk will offer COVID-19 testing at 301 North 31st Street. On Wednesday, July 29 and on Friday, July 31, testing at 900 West Norfolk Ave in Norfolk will be available. That is from 8 a.m. to noon both days.
Since the TestNebraska program was conceived in April, it has been the number one source for Coronavirus testing in the state. Now, TestNebraska has tested 100,000 Nebraskans.
TestNebraska has plans to expand their daily tests per day from 3,600 to 7,000. They expect to have that done in a couple weeks. The lab capacity expanded, which will help long term care facilities, schools, and other communities.
To reserve a testing appointment, complete the online assessment at TestNebraska.com, or TestNebraska/es for Spanish. There people can schedule a visit to a local testing site. Testing sites, dates, and times are listed on the website.
A nine-county area in central Nebraska has moved into Phase 4 of the Coronavirus reopening plan. Over the past month, COVID-19 cases have remained low for the Loup Basin Public Health Department area. The Loup Basin area includes Blaine, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Howard, Loup, Sherman, Valley, and Wheeler counties.
Capacity restrictions are now lifted for restaurants, bars, churches, child care centers, and other businesses in this area. Outdoor venues can operate at full capacity. Arenas and event centers can operate at 75% capacity. Local health department approval is required for events with more than 500 people expected. Face coverings and social distancing are still recommended.
The North Central District Health Department will move into Phase 4, starting on August 1. These counties include Antelope, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Pierce, and Rock.
The rest of Nebraska’s counties remain in Phase 3 Directed Health Measure (DHM) recommendations. Phase 3 DHM’s are limits on restaurants, bars, fitness and child care centers, salons, barbers, and other services. Indoor venues are limited to 50 percent capacity. Outdoor venues are 75 percent capacity and outdoor events with more than 500 people require an approved plan by their local health department.
A summary of the DHM phases is available at http://dhhs.ne.gov/Documents/COVID-19-Outline-of-Changes-to-DHMs-ALL-Phases.pdf.
For more information or general questions, call the DHHS COVID-19 hotline at 402-552-6645, or toll free at 833-998-2275. The hotline is open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. CT all seven days of the week.
Other TestNebraska sites this week include Aurora (7/29); Blair (7/29); Broken Bow (7/31); Chadron (7/31); Columbus (2 sites 7/29, 7/31); Fairbury (7/28); Fremont (7/29, 7/31); Grand Island (7/31); Kearney (7/29); Lexington (7/29); Lincoln (7/28 – 8/1); Omaha (7/28 – 7/30); Ord (7/29); Superior (7/29); and York (7/29).