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  • The first and second deaths related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today. 

    The first death was a man in his 50s with underlying health conditions from Douglas County. He had contact with a known COVID-19 case out of state and had been self-isolated since March 11 at home, according to the Douglas County Health Department -

    The second death is a Hall County resident in her 60s with underlying health conditions who was recently hospitalized - Because of state statutes, DHHS is not able to release names or other details about the two people.

  • Today (March 28) Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the state’s third COVID-19 related Directed Health Measure (DHM) includes Butler, Hall, Hamilton, Merrick, Polk, Seward, and York counties, which will be in effect until May 6th unless renewed.

    The first DHM, issued on March 18th, applies to Cass, Douglas, and Sarpy counties and is in effect until at least April 30th.

  • As of Thursday night, March 26, the count for COVID-19 cases in the State is 81. New cases were reported by the following local health departments:

    DHHS will continue daily updates to Nebraska’s case via its new Data Dashboard at

    Correction: The state total last night was actually 69 as a case was erroneously removed.

    People who are concerned they may have COVID-19 should self-isolate and call ahead to their primary care provider to be screened over the phone.

  • Effective March 26, 2020, for a limited time, Siouxland Federal Credit Union is offering loans to help anyone who has temporarily lost employment or has incurred reduced work hours due to the Coronavirus shutdown (subject to membership requirements and underwriting qualifications). Loan terms: are up to $1,000 at 0% APR for four months, subject to approval. 

    Siouxland Federal is also offering loan modifications and loan deferrals for current members, as needed on a case-by-case basis.

    While our lobbies remain closed due to the Coronavirus, please apply on-line at or contact us at 402-494-2073 for details.

  • Additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Saunders, Washington and Lancaster counties.

    New cases include:

    • A woman in her 50s from Saunders County who is currently self-isolating. 
    • Two Washington County residents - A woman in her 90s and a man in his 70s who is currently hospitalized. Both are residents of an assisted living facility in Blair. The woman is currently self-isolating. The facility is aggressively responding the situation and is working with local and state health officials to ensure the safety and care of all residents.
    • A man in his 50s from Lancaster County -
  • Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced he is requesting $58.6 million of emergency funding from the Nebraska Legislature to support the State’s efforts to combat coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19). 
  • Speaker Jim Scheer announced today that the Nebraska Legislature will reconvene temporarily next week to authorize emergency funding to address needs arising from the spread of COVID-19 in Nebraska. 
    Senators will convene Monday, March 23 at 1:30 p.m. to hold a three-day emergency funding session. 
    “I realize the severity of the public health crisis we are facing,” Scheer said. “I am only bringing the Legislature back into session because it is necessary for us to authorize this critical funding so that Nebraska can respond sufficiently to the current crisis.” 
    The Speaker suspended the legislative session March 16 due to public health concerns regarding the spread of the new coronavirus. Scheer said senators will reconvene to complete the 2020 session when the COVID-19 situation has stabilized in Nebraska. No date has been set at this time.  
  • Public Notice

    The Thurston County Board of Supervisors will hold an Emergency Meeting on Monday March 23, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. for the purpose of declaring an emergency, and to review and implement Courthouse operating & business.

  • We are getting an influx of press releases from several sources today, all with the same message: There are phone scams cropping up that are related to COVID-19 and the potential government stimulus plan. Do yourself a favor and be vigilant about any phone calls you receive (NEVER GIVE ANY FINANCIAL INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE!) and just as importantly, also check in with your loved ones who may not have Internet access and let them know to be on alert for scams.
  • Four additional cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were identified in three Nebraska counties.

    Two cases are Lincoln County residents. One is a female in her 40s who recently traveled to Colorado and the other is a male in his 20s who was in close contact with a person who previously tested positive for COVID-19. Both new cases are self-isolating at home.

  • Effective Thursday March 19, 2020 City Hall will be closed to the public.  Utility bills will be accepted at the drive up window or the drop box.  Meetings with the city staff will be by appointment.  Telephone numbers will also be posted at the door.  This will remain in effect for an indefinite period.  Public meetings will be held following the State of Nebraska 10 person limit; as a result some member of these boards and the city council will attend via the phone.  Access to these meetings will be made by calling a special telephone number.
  • The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) has identified a second case of COVID-19 resulting from community spread. That means the person did not become infected while traveling or through contact to a known case of the novel coronavirus.
  • Following President Donald J. Trump’s emergency declaration pursuant to the Stafford Act, the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today issued guidance allowing all individual and other non-corporate tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax (including self-employment tax) payments due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest.
  • DHHS:  Drinking Water Safe During COVID-19 Pandemic
    As Nebraskans are taking preventative measures against COVID-19, the Drinking Water division of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) would like to remind everyone that drinking water remains safe to use.
  • SHUTTING IT DOWN - Area school, churches, businesses —  nearly every part of life impacted by  attempt to slow virus

    The threat of the COVID-19 pandemic has reached into every corner of American life over the past week, shutting down schools, canceling church services and events and wreaking havoc on small businesses that are trying to serve the public in ways that do not threaten the spread of the potentially deadly disease but can hopefully keep their doors open.

    And there’s really no end in sight.

  • DHS: Additional Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Reported to DHHS

    Additional cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

    One case is a man in his 30s who is a Sarpy County resident. He had contact with another case who was a business traveler from Virginia who was in the metro area. The Sarpy County resident is self-isolating at home. For additional information –

  • As coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world, it’s normal to be worried about catching it – and that’s causing rising anxiety levels globally. 

    In addition to following processes intended to protect physical health, it’s important to pay attention to mental health related to the outbreak. 

    “An outbreak like this affects everyone, and an emotional response to its impact is normal,” said Mikayla Johnson, disaster behavioral health coordinator and administrator for the Division of Behavioral Health. “However, don’t allow worries about the virus to control your life.”

Friday, April 3, 2020
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