Weekly Update Provided By DHHS, Test Nebraska Continues To Add New Sites

LINCOLN – As the August testing sites continue to welcome in those who would like to get tested through TestNebraska, the Department of Health and Human Services provided another update.

According to a weekly release from the DHHS, the state case total as of last Friday was 31,626 which was an increase of 1,638 from the week prior. There were also 15 new COVID-19 related deaths in the state, totaling 376. A total of 23,608 Nebraskans diagnosed with COVID-19 have since recovered.

The daily average of positive cases for Aug 15-21 is 234 compared to 269, 270 and 291 in prior weeks.

Signs of COVID-19 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.

Masks matter in the fight against COVID-19. DHHS, Governor Pete Ricketts, local health department leaders, and medical experts across the state continue to stress the importance of masks and ask Nebraskans to wear them along with taking the preventive actions by keeping your distance, wearing a face covering, washing your hands, knowing your risk, staying home and getting tested.

Test Nebraska lab capacity continues to expand and more appointments and locations have been added as testing scales up. More testing is intended to help long-term care facilities, schools and communities identify COVID-19 cases and respond to slow virus spread. Testing services offered through Test Nebraska are free.

Test Nebraska opened a South Omaha testing location this week and is open from 1 – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The new test site is located at Metropolitan Community College, South Omaha Campus, Mahoney Lot, 28th and Babe Gomez Drive.

If Nebraskans are concerned they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, they can receive a test through Test Nebraska.

To reserve a test, complete an online assessment at TestNebraska.com, or TestNebraska/es for Spanish, and schedule a visit at one of more than 50 locations across the state. Residents who have general questions about testing or need help completing the online assessment can call the Test Nebraska hotline at 402-207-9377.

Area testing sites will be in Norfolk and West Point this week. The Norfolk testing location will be at 301 North 31st Street on Wednesday, August 26 from 8 a.m. until noon. West Point’s testing site will be open from 10 a.m. until noon now through Friday, August 28 located at 430 North Monitor Street.