Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and its public health partners continue to closely track the unfolding outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and anticipate its impact on Nebraska and its health care systems. The virus originated in China and has spread to multiple other countries including the United States. So far, there have been no cases identified in Nebraska residents.
“Ensuring the health of Nebraskans is our main priority and public health officials continue to actively monitor self-isolated Nebraska residents who recently returned from China,” said Dr. Tom Safranek, State Epidemiologist for DHHS. “Based on the spread of COVID-19 and an increase in cases in other countries, DHHS is now including Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, along with China.
We’re asking people with travel to these countries in the last 14 days to either self-report to the Nebraska public health online system at http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/
A map of Nebraska’s local health departments can be found here – http://dhhs.ne.gov/CHPM%
It is important to remember that people who may become ill upon returning from overseas travel are more likely to have other respiratory illnesses typically seen this time of year like flu, which might also require treatment.
However, it is very possible that we could see travel-related COVID-19 cases in Nebraska residents. State and local public health officials continue to take action to prevent the spread of disease and protect the health of Nebraskans including:
- Sharing the latest guidance and information with local health departments, hospitals, health care providers, first responders and local and state labs through our extensive Health Alert Network to ensure a well-coordinated response in Nebraska. DHHS Health Alert Network – http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/
- Assessing our health care system’s readiness to identify, monitor and treat patients with coronavirus disease 2019.
- Engaging in active and ongoing communication with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other state and federal partners as part of the overall national response to this emerging public health threat.
- Reviewing and enhancing response plans to be ready for the detection of COVID-19 in our state.
- Facilitating confirmatory testing, isolation and monitoring of Nebraskans experiencing symptoms to identify cases as soon as possible.
- Updating dhhs.ne.gov/coronavirus with the latest information and resources.
- With our local health department partners, we have a system in place to track and monitor people who have contact with a confirmed case in an effort to immediately detect secondary cases and minimize the potential for ongoing, undetected, person-to-person transmission.
Nebraskans are also encouraged to review their family preparedness plans in the event that coronavirus disease 2019 continues to spread in the United States. More resources will be available soon at http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/
People can help protect themselves from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections by:
- Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with sick people and stay home if you are sick.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Contact information for Nebraska’s local health departments
COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS
Clay County Health Department
202 West Fairfield
Phone: (402) 762-3571
(Clay County/Clay Center)
Dakota County Health Department
1601 Broadway Street/Box 155
Phone: (402) 987-2164
(Dakota County/Dakota City)
Douglas County Health Department
Communicable Disease Epidemiology Section
1111 South 41st Street
Phone: (402) 444-7214
Polk County Health Department
330 North State Street/Box 316
Phone: (402) 747-2211
Red Willow County Health Department
1400 West 5th
Phone: (308) 345-1790
(Red Willow County/McCook)
Scotts Bluff County Health Department
1825 10th Street
Phone: (308) 436-6636
(Scotts Bluff County/Gering)
CITY-COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department
3131 “O” Street
Phone: (402) 441-8000
DISTRICT HEALTH DEPARTMENTS
Central District Health Department
1137 South Locust Street
Phone: (308) 385-5175 x178; Toll Free: (877) 216-9092
(Hall County/Grand Island, Hamilton County/Aurora, Merrick County/Central City)
East Central District Health Department
4321 41st Avenue
Phone: (402) 562-8950
(Boone County/Albion, Colfax County/Schuyler, Nance County/Fullerton, Platte
Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department
Phone: (402) 529-2233; Toll-Free: (877) 379-4400
(Burt County/Tekamah, Cuming County/West Point, Madison County/Madison, Stanton County/Stanton)
Four Corners Health Department
2101 North Lincoln Avenue
Phone: (402) 362-2621; Toll-Free: (877) 337-3573
(Butler County/David City, Polk County/Osceola, Seward County/Seward, York County/York)
Loup Basin Public Health Department
934 “I” Street/Box 995
Phone: (308) 346-5795; Toll-Free: (866) 522-5795
(Blaine County/Brewster, Custer County/Broken Bow, Garfield County/Burwell, Greeley
County/Greeley, Howard County/St Paul, Loup County/Taylor, Sherman County/Loup City, Valley County/Ord, Wheeler County/Bartlett)
North Central District Health Department
422 East Douglas Street
Phone: (402) 336-2406; Toll Free: (877) 336-2406
(Antelope County/Neligh, Boyd County/Butte, Brown County/Ainsworth, Cherry
County/Valentine, Holt County/O’Neill, Keya Paha County/Springview, Knox County/Center, Pierce County/Pierce, Rock County/Bassett)
Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department
215 North Pearl Street
Phone: (402) 375-2200; 24/7 Phone: (402) 369-3822
(Cedar County/Hartington, Dixon County/Ponca, Thurston County/Pender, Wayne County/Wayne)
Panhandle Public Health District
808 Box Butte Avenue
Phone: (308) 487-3600
(Banner County/Harrisburg, Box Butte County/Alliance, Cheyenne County/Sidney, Dawes
County/Chadron, Deuel County/Chappell, Garden County/Oshkosh, Grant County/Hyannis,
Kimball County/Kimball, Morrill County/Bridgeport, Scotts Bluff County/Gering, Sheridan County/Rushville, Sioux County/Harrison)
Public Health Solutions District Health Department
995 East Highway 33/Suite 1
Phone: (402) 826-3880
(Fillmore County/Geneva, Gage County/Beatrice, Jefferson County/Fairbury, Saline
County/Wilber, Thayer County/Hebron)
Sarpy/Cass Health Department
701 Olson Drive/Suite 101
Phone: (402) 339-4334 x6978; Toll Free: (800) 645-0134
(Cass County/Plattsmouth, Sarpy County/Papillion)
South Heartland District Health Department
606 North Minnesota/Suite 2
Phone: (402) 462-6211; Toll Free: (877) 238-7595
(Adams County/Hastings, Clay County/Clay Center, Nuckolls County/Nelson, Webster County/Red Cloud)
Southeast District Health Department
2511 Schneider Avenue
Phone: (402) 274-3993; Toll Free: (877) 777-0424
(Johnson County/Tecumseh, Nemaha County/Auburn, Otoe County/Nebraska City, Pawnee
County/Pawnee City, Richardson County/Falls City)
Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department
404 West 10th Street
Phone: (308) 345-4223
(Chase County/Imperial, Dundy County/Benkelman, Frontier County/Stockville, Furnas
County/Beaver City, Hayes County/Hayes Center, Hitchcock County/Trenton, Keith County/ Ogallala, Perkins County/Grant, Red Willow/McCook)
Three Rivers Public Health Department
2400 North Lincoln Street
Phone: (402) 727-5396; Toll Free: (866) 727-5396
(Dodge County/Fremont, Saunders County/Wahoo, Washington County/Blair)
Two Rivers Public Health Department
701 4th Avenue/Suite 1
Phone: (308) 995-4778; Toll Free: (888) 669-7154
(Buffalo County/Kearney, Dawson County/Lexington, Franklin County/Franklin, Gosper
County/Elwood, Harlan County/Alma, Kearney County/Minden, Phelps County/Holdrege)
West Central District Health Department
111 N Dewey/Suite A
Phone: (308) 696-1201
(Arthur County/Arthur, Hooker County/Mullen, Lincoln County/North Platte, Logan County/Stapleton, McPherson County/Tryon, Thomas County/Thedford)
NOTE: After each county name is the county seat.