Public Health Officials Provide Steps To Begin A Plan, Immediate Coronavirus Risk Considered Low

WAYNE – Parents and guardians of students in the Northeast Nebraska Public Health District are being provided information about the COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus.

According to a release from the health department, the immediate health risk from the coronavirus is considered low for the general American public.

The Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department serves Cedar, Dixon, Thurston and Wayne counties.

Certain people will have an increased risk of infection, such as travelers to countries with community spread of COVID-19, healthcare workers caring for patients with the virus and other close contacts of person with the coronavirus.

Health officials want the public to take time to get the facts and learn what they can do to make a plan for their family to be prepared.

Members with the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department have been actively monitoring the coronavirus situation and will stay in close contact with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), school officials and many other partners in the area to protect the people of northeast Nebraska.

Contact the health department at 402-375-2200 with any questions or visit for more information.


Simple things residents can do to help yourself and other stay healthy:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mount with unwashed hands
  3. Stay home and away from other when you are sick
  4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  5. Get the facts, make a plan.


Steps to begin a plan:

  1. Talk with people who need to be included in your plan such as grandparents, childcare providers, the school, neighbors, etc.
  2. Plan for any special needs your family may have, such as medical or medication needs
  3. Make a list of community organizations that can help with needs your family may have such as counseling, food source, etc.
  4. Create an emergency contact list for your family
  5. Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy
  6. Consider what you would need to do if your child could not go to school or if you could not go to work for several days
  7. Stay informed and updated about the COVID-19 situation by reading reliable resources such as the Centers for Disease Control at