Gothenburg, Ne - (Gothenburg Health Press Release 3/22/2020)
Gothenburg Health has confirmed a positive case for COVID-19.
This is a travel-related case, NOT due to community spread; the individual has been requested to be in self-isolation. Out of an abundance of caution, Gothenburg Health is quarantining all exposed staff for the full 14 days since exposure (CDC guideline). Gothenburg Health is financially taking care of all staff forced to quarantine.
Gothenburg Health has and will continue rigorous cleaning routines in the facility to help protect the health and safety of all employees and patients. We are actively working to cancel all non-essential visits to our facility and have created a workflow to protect suspect patients from healthy patients.
We urge the community to remain vigilant in practicing strict social distancing:
• Stay at least 6 feet apart from others at all times.
• Keep group interaction to 10 people or fewer (and highly consider the necessity of the group interaction).
• Eliminate discretionary social visits.
• Work from home if possible; businesses continuing to operate should reduce unnecessary human to human interaction.
• Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, and refrain from touching your face.
Anyone experiencing a cough, sore throat, fever or shortness of breath should stay home and isolate themselves. Please contact Gothenburg Health at 308-537-3661 if you suspect you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 BEFORE coming to the facility.
West Central District Health Department has identified two new positive cases of COVID-19. This brings the total to three confirmed positive cases in Lincoln County. The cases do not indicate community-spread at this time.
The first case is a woman in her 40s that had been traveling in Colorado when she became ill. She is currently self-isolating at home.
The other Lincoln County case is a male in his 20s that was in close contact with an individual who previously tested positive for COVID-19.
West Central District Health Department has begun the contact investigation to determine those that may have been exposed.
“Our focus right now is to complete the contact investigations and to protect the health of the community,” said Shannon Vanderheiden executive director of WCDHD. “We want to continue to remind everyone that the best way to stop the spread of this virus is to stay at home if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 infection.
Public health officials would like to remind everyone that if you have a fever of over 100.4 or symptoms of respiratory illness, please self-isolate and contact your healthcare provider or your local health department.
This evening I would like to outline the district plan regarding the balance of this school year. After significant consideration, the district has decided that to best assist in the reduction of the spread of COVID- 19 or the Coronavirus, we will be canceling all on-campus or in-person classes for the remainder of this school year. We will move all education, PK- 12, to remote learning effective the week of March 30th. Remote learning will conclude on May 15, 2020; this is three days ahead of our planned schedule.
During the week of March 23rd, principals will communicate with students and families as to what this will entail for their particular school. Until this time, we ask that you give our principals and teachers time to plan for instruction and make arrangements for materials and personal items to be picked up.
Seniors, NPHS staff are working to ensure all graduation requirements are met on or before May 13, 2020. Due to the ever-changing climate of this virus, we will announce plans for prom and graduation as those dates approach. It is important to note that if we were to make a decision today based on the current CDC guidelines, neither of these events would be allowed to occur. We ask that you plan on the side of caution until additional guidelines are provided.
Hastings, Neb – South Heartland District Health Department (SHDHD) is announcing the first case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the four-county health district.
The individual is an Adams County female in her 40s who traveled to Europe. She is currently self-isolating at home.
SHDHD is leading this response at the community level with support from DHHS. Local public health officials have initiated a contact investigation to identify people who may have been exposed so that they can take next steps and prevent further spread.
All identified close contacts will be notified, asked to self-quarantine (stay home) and be actively monitored twice daily by SHDHD for fever and respiratory symptoms.
Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel you are ill, please call your provider prior to visiting their facility and follow their next steps.
People can help protect themselves from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections by:
- Avoiding close contact with sick people and staying home if you are sick.
- Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash, or cough in your sleeve.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
SHDHD encourages residents to stay informed by checking SHDHD’s website for local information and updates, as well as links to the state and national websites.
There is a statewide coronavirus (COVID-19) information line to help answer general questions and share the latest information and resources with Nebraskans to help keep them informed: (402) 552-6645; hours of operation are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. CST, 7 days a week.
The GNAC conference would like to announce the following changes for the 2020/21 school year. In October 2019, Columbus High School applied and was accepted to the Heartland Athletic Conference (HAC). The following schools will remain in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference for the 2020/21 school year: Hastings, McCook, North Platte, Gering and Scottsbluff. Due to the re-alignment of the conference, the tournament schedule will be reduced to the following tournaments: Boys’ Tennis, Girls’ Tennis, Boys’ Golf, Girls’ Golf, Swimming/Diving, and Track and Field.