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(Release April 11th) Hastings, Neb – Sixteen additional lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported to the South Heartland District, bringing the total number of cases to fifty-seven (57). One individual is a Clay County female in her 90s who is hospitalized. This is the second lab-confirmed Clay County case, bringing the Clay County total cases to two (2). There are fifteen new Adams County positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the Adams County total to fiftyfour (54). The individuals include:

 Eight males (one-60s, three-50s, two-40s, two-20s)
 Seven females (one-70s, one-50s, one-40s, three-30s, one-20s)

The health department’s investigations have determined that six COVID-19 positive individuals reported to the health department yesterday and today (April 10-11) and four others reported earlier in the week have worked at Western Reserve meat processing facility in Hastings. SHDHD is working closely with Western Reserve management to complete the contact investigations, provide recommendations for employee safety, and to provide additional testing for their workforce. 

SHDHD and the other local health departments in Nebraska join Governor Ricketts in urging every Nebraskan to do all we can to Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected. All Nebraskans need to act today to limit the impact of coronavirus on our communities.

Social distancing and prevention practices are equally important for worksites as for families and gatherings. Governor Pete Ricketts issued a revised state directed health measure for all Nebraska counties on April 9, 2020 to help assure social distancing and reduce in-person contact. 

South Heartland District case counts by county are updated daily on SHDHD’s COVID webpage: The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides daily updates to Nebraska's coronavirus COVID-19 cases on their Data Dashboard at

Burwell, NE – Loup Basin Public Health Department (LBPHD) is confirming nine additional cases in Custer County. The cases are all related and involve one staff and eight residents of Callaway Good Life Center in Callaway, Nebraska. Callaway Good Life Center is working in conjunction with Callaway District Hospital, Nebraska Infection Control Assessment and Promotion Program (ICAP), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Great Plains Health and Loup Basin Public Health Department. This team is working together to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all staff and residents involved. 

Through the collaboration of these agencies, a decision was made to move those residents who tested positive or are symptomatic out of the facility. A deep clean of the empty rooms is being done so that the residents who tested negative can remain in the facility. They will be closely monitored for a change in health status. Staff is utilizing proper infection control procedures to care for those who remain in Callaway Good Life.Residents are at a heightened risk of serious complications from the illness because of a multitude of threats including age, underlying health conditions and close living conditions. 

Callaway Good Life Center had taken early precautions and halted visits from families, volunteers, non-essential medical personnel and vendors as of March 10. In addition, staff have also been monitored for symptoms upon arrival for each shift including temperature logs.
The nursing home cases are examples of community transmission of the virus, meaning the patients did not have a known history of travel. LBPHD is doing contact tracing and reaching out to everyone who may have possibly been exposed to any confirmed cases. 

Health officials say for every person who’s tested positive, they’ve been in contact with an average of 90 people. LBPHD encourages all Nebraskan’s to follow Governor Ricketts’ proclamation of “21 Days to Stay Home and Stay Healthy.” Based on the modeling, it’s likely that Nebraska hits our peak with the virus in the next few weeks. Strict social distancing, avoiding all non-essential errands and limiting social gatherings will help flatten the curve. LBPHD also wants to remind and urge all those 65 and older and anyone with underlying health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease and diabetes to pay close attention to precautions such as washing hands frequently and keeping their hands away from their faces. 

For the latest information, visit the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
website at or LBPHD (website: or
on Facebook by searching Loup Basin Public Health Department). 

Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a total of 211 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 2 p.m. today, a 3-fold increase from one week ago today when we reported 68 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases.  Confirmed case totals by county are as follows:  Merrick County now has 3 cases, Hamilton County has 11, and Hall County has 197. The age of those with positive results ranges from 11 to 88 with an average age of 45.

We have several rough weeks ahead of us, but working together, we are stronger and healthier.

Please direct any calls to CDHD at 308-385-5175 or use the DHHS COVID-19 Information line at 402-552-6645.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska has seen almost 800 confirmed cases of coronavirus. The state health department on Sunday reported 790 cases on Sunday. That's up 90 from the number reported Saturday. Seventeen people have died from the illness. The uptick came as some churchgoers attended drive-in Easter services from their cars to ensure social distancing. 

BEATRICE, Neb.  - The Nebraska State Patrol has identified a person killed in a two-vehicle crash just north of Beatrice late last week. The crash happened late Friday morning on U.S. Highway 77, about six miles north of Beatrice, when a car clipped a pickup truck, overcorrected, then went off the highway.  The patrol says the car rolled into a field, killing the driver, 23-year-old Corey Summers, of Omaha. Officials say two others involved in the crash were taken to a Lincoln hospital in stable condition.


Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a total of 150 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 12 p.m. today.  Merrick County has 2 cases, Hamilton County has 10, and Hall County has 138. Yesterday, we reported a total of 140 lab-confirmed cases.

 Tomorrow is a time when families and friends generally come together in celebration. We strongly advise you against coming in contact with anyone other than household members. Stay home. Connect electronically. Do not be a part of spreading the virus to loved ones.

Take a moment to check out our newly created CDHD COVID-19 Dashboard on our website: This dashboard will be updated daily.

 We have several rough weeks ahead of us, but working together, we are stronger and healthier. In order to give our staff a much-deserved break, we will not be in the office on Sunday, April 12, 2020. Please direct any calls to the DHHS COVID-19 Information line: 402-552-6645.

(CDHD Release) - Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports two COVID-19 related deaths today, one male and one female.  Both were in their 70’s and from a long-term care facility. Both died at a hospital in Hall County.

We express sympathy to the families of these individuals.

Additionally, we report a total of 140 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 2 p.m. today.  Merrick County has 2 cases, Hamilton County has 9, and Hall County has 129.  The total number includes 35 new lab-confirmed cases today.  

We are at a critical point now that will last through the next few weeks.  How we get through this time frame is up to each of us working individually and together as a community.  Unless you are a “critical infrastructure employee”, stay home.








We have several rough weeks ahead of us, but working together, we are stronger.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The chairman of the Nebraska Legislature’s budget-writing committee is bracing for a sharp drop in tax revenue that could affect the state for the next three years. Sen. John Stinner, head of the Appropriations Committee, made the comments in a webinar hosted by the Platte Institute, a Nebraska think tank. Stinner says he can’t predict how the coronavirus outbreak will affect the state’s finances, but he speculates that it could force lawmakers to shelve any bill that costs money, including property tax measures and a business incentive package.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has ordered the closure of all salons, tattoo parlors and strip clubs and announced the cancellation of organized group sports until May 31, expanding an order that was already in place in the state’s biggest cities. Ricketts says the executive order was intended to bring consistency to a patchwork of mandates from local public health departments. Salons in Omaha, Lincoln and many surrounding communities have been closed since late last month, but some of those businesses had been allowed to remain open in other parts of the state.

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