LINCOLN – As the daily state average of positive COVID-19 cases saw another increase in late August through early September, officials with the Department of Health and Human Services posted another round of TestNebraska testing sites.
According to a release from DHHS, the daily average for August 29 – September 4 was 318 and up from a daily average of 259 the week prior as well as 234 and 269 case totals earlier in August.
Those who may have been exposed to COVID-19 or who are experiencing symptoms, can receive a free test through Test Nebraska. Symptoms can include a fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, tiredness, muscle aches, headaches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea.
To reserve a test, complete an online assessment at TestNebraska.com, or using TestNebraska/es for Spanish, and schedule a visit at one of more than 60 locations across the state. Nebraskans with general questions about testing or who need help completing the online assessment can call the Test Nebraska hotline at 402-207-9377.
Area testing sites can be found below:
Madison Midtown Health Center (222 Main Street): Monday, Wednesday and Friday 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 – 8:30 a.m.
Norfolk Midtown Health Center (900 West Norfolk Ave.): Wednesday and Friday from 8 until 10 a.m.
Norfolk Xpress Care Clinic (210 South Third Street): September 23; September 25; September 28 and September 30 from 8 – 10 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 9 – 11 a.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.
Currently, 27 counties are in Phase 4 through Sept. 30 and 54 counties will remain in Phase 3 through Sept. 13.
Regardless of the county of residence, it’s recommended all Nebraskans continue social distancing, as well as wear face coverings, wash hands frequently, and stay home when sick to help limit COVID-19 transmission. Anyone with extended close contact to someone testing positive for COVID-19 is encouraged to quarantine and get tested.
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, as well as Facebook and Twitter.
The Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department provided local numbers from the weekend and Labor Day which saw 13 new COVID-19 positive cases. Cedar (56) and Thurston (258) both had four new cases; Dixon (79) had three and Wayne (64) rose by two. A total of 327 individuals have recovered of the 457 positive cases.