LINCOLN – As the state of Nebraska transitions into Phase 4 of the state-wide Directed Health Measures (DHMs), the state case total of COVID-19 saw an increase of 2,180 from the previous Friday.
According to a release from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) there were 30 new COVID-19 related deaths in the state bringing the total to 434. A total of 28,816 Nebraskans diagnosed with the coronavirus have since recovered.
The daily average of positive cases for September 5 – 11 was 311, compared to a daily average of 318 last week as well as 259 and 234 in recent weeks.
Effective Friday, September 11, the Panhandle Public Health District is the fourth region to move to Phase 4 of the state’s Directed Health Measures. The rest of Nebraska counties that are currently in Phase 3 moved into Phase 4 on Monday, and continue until Oct. 31 unless hospitalizations change dramatically. The move to Phase 4 applies to every health department jurisdiction in the state, but Lancaster County intends to keep some Phase 3 restrictions in place.
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.
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 Test Nebraska Testing Sites:
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, back alley entrance): 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. – 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, seven 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.