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Central District Health Department Release: Today we report a total of six lab confirmed cases. Our first two cases of Covid-19 were reported on March 26, 2020. We have determined there is community spread and issued a Directed Health Measure for Hall, Hamilton and Merrick Counties on March 28, 2020.

During the first weeks of COVID-19 spread in the United States, our efforts were directed toward containing the virus; that is reducing the likelihood that we would see cases in our district. Given the highly contagious nature of COVID-19, we knew we could not prevent the virus entirely.  Now that we have community spread, our goal is to limit the number of cases at any one time in order to reduce the demand on our healthcare system. By reducing the number of people who have COVID-19 at any one time, we help keep the healthcare demand manageable.

The incubation period (time from exposure to onset of first symptoms) for COVID-19 can be up to 14 days. The symptoms range from no symptoms at all to fever alone or cough or shortness of breath or sore throat or severe fatigue or diarrhea. People with any of these symptoms should self-quarantine for 14 days, and if symptoms worsen, contact their healthcare provider.

 

There has been community concern for a birthday party held on March 14, 2020 in our district. CDHD reported no positive cases of COVID-19 at that time, and therefore no notice was provided to the public. We urge the community to focus on the fact that the virus is active in our community now and will likely continue to spread. Every one of us has a responsibility to reduce that spread by practicing social distancing and staying home when sick.  Refer to DHS 2020-1 (attached) for clarification and further information of the Directed Health Measure issued yesterday.

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. to 8 p.m. CST, 7 days a week. CDHD’s Covid line (308)385-5175 will be operational 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the weekend.

CDHD encourages residents to stay informed by checking CDHD’s website at www.cdhd.ne.gov for local information and updates, as well as links to the state and national websites.


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MARCH 28, 2020 (OMAHA, NEB.)  — The Nebraska State Patrol is mourning the passing of Lt. Craig Loveless, who has served Nebraska for the last 33 years. Lt. Loveless, 54, of Omaha, passed away Friday, March 27, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

“Craig was universally admired throughout our State Patrol family,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “His bravery on our SWAT Teams, his expertise in training new troopers, and his leadership in the field have left a lasting impact on the State Patrol and all who worked alongside Craig.”

Lt. Loveless #172 joined NSP in 1987 and started his career in the Patrol Division, stationed in Omaha. In 1994, he transferred to Investigative Services and spent several years representing NSP on the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force. In 2005, Loveless was promoted to Sergeant at the NSP Training Academy in Grand Island, where he served for nine years.

While Loveless was instructing at the Training Academy, roughly 25 percent of all current NSP Troopers went through basic recruit camp. He also served in SWAT for 20 years and was the Special Operations Coordinator during his time in Grand Island. In 2014, Loveless was promoted to Lieutenant for the Patrol Division in Omaha, where he served for the rest of his career.

“We’re all better for having worked with Craig. Without question, he’s made Nebraska a safer place through his service and the lasting effect he has had on our agency,” said Colonel Bolduc. “Our hearts are with Craig’s fiancé and his children during this difficult time.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.  


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(CDHD Release) - It is with deep sadness that Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a COVID-19-related death of a hospitalized woman with underlying health issues in her 60s in Hall County. This is the third lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 and the first death reported in the Central District.

All identified close contacts will be notified, asked to self-quarantine (stay home) and be actively monitored twice daily by CDHD for fever and respiratory symptoms.

“We have community spread of the COVID-19 virus at this time,” states Anderson. “CDHD is in communication with state officials in regard to issuing a state Directed Health Measure.”

Typical symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath. People who are concerned they may have COVID-19 should self-isolate (have no contact with other people) and call ahead to their primary care provider to be screened over the phone. The provider can evaluate and determine if testing is necessary.

It is very important for our community to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 infection by:

·         Avoiding close contact with sick people and staying home if you are sick.

·         Avoiding non-essential travel and staying at home as much as possible.

·         Avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people.

·         Keeping space of 6 feet or more between yourself and others.

·         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.

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. to 8 p.m. CST, 7 days a week. CDHD’s Covid line (308)385-5175 will be operational 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the weekend.

CDHD encourages residents to stay informed by checking CDHD’s website  eveningwww.cdhd.ne.gov for local information and updates, as well as links to the state and national websites.

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The Nebraska State Fair has voted (7-3) in favor to have Lori Cox move from her role of executive director to a  senior consultant until the end of her contract in 2021. This is a mutual agreement with the State Fair & Cox. Jamie Parr has been named interim State Fair Director.

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Two lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported to Central District Health Department (CDHD) on Thursday evening, March 26. One individual is a female in her 60s who is currently hospitalized and in isolation in Hall County. The other individual is a female in her 50s who is isolated at home in Hall County.

CDHD has 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 CDHD for fever and respiratory symptoms.

 

Typical symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath. People who are concerned they may have COVID-19 should self-isolate (have no contact with other people) and call ahead to their primary care provider to be screened over the phone. The provider can evaluate and determine if testing is necessary.

 

People can help protect themselves and others from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections by:

 

·         Avoiding close contact with sick people and staying home if you are sick.

·         Avoiding non-essential travel and staying at home as much as possible.

·         Avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people.

·         Keeping space of 6 feet or more between yourself and others.

·         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.

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. to 8 p.m. CST, 7 days a week. CDHD’s Covid line (3-8)285-5175 will be operational 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the weekend

 

CDHD encourages residents to stay informed by checking CDHD’s website  eveningwww.cdhd.ne.gov for local information and updates, as well as links to the state and national websites.

 


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US Labor Department - In the week ending March 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 3,283,000, an increase of 3,001,000 from the previous week's revised level. This marks the highest level of seasonally adjusted initial claims in the history of the seasonally adjusted series. The previous high was 695,000 in October of 1982. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 281,000 to 282,000. The 4-week moving average was 998,250, an increase of 765,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 232,250 to 232,500. 

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.2 percent for the week ending March 14, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending March 14 was 1,803,000, an increase of 101,000 from the previous week's revised level. 

This is the highest level for insured unemployment since April 14, 2018 when it was 1,824,000. The previous week's level was revised up 1,000 from 1,701,000 to 1,702,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,731,000, an increase of 27,500 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 250 from 1,703,250 to 1,703,500.  


HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — The state game and parks commission has banned both alcohol possession and consumption at Lake McConaughy and neighboring Lake Ogallala in western Nebraska. The commission voted Friday at its meeting in Hastings for the proposal, which affects only state-controlled areas. It's among several agreements the state worked out with local leaders to avert drastic cuts in access. The commission had been considering access restrictions following complaints about overcrowding and rowdy behavior last Fourth of July. But the commission delayed action in January after hundreds of people showed up for a hearing on the proposed rules.

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(Release from Two Rivers Public Health Department) 

Holdrege, NE --- One additional case of COVID-19 has been reported to Two Rivers Public Health Department. This individual is a Buffalo County male in his 50s who has minor symptoms and is currently self-isolated at home. Two Rivers Public Health Department
staff are actively monitoring this situation. This person is a family member of the first case.
“We expected to see this case since he reported similar symptoms and had been in prolonged, close contact with the first case,”
states Glenda Fraber, Assistant Director. These two cases had limited contact with other individuals in the community based on
information gathered during Two Rivers Public Health Department’s investigation.
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. The provider can evaluate and determine if testing is necessary.
Certain people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, including older adults and people who have serious chronic
medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease, according to the CDC. The people in the higher risk groups should:
• Stock up on supplies, including extra necessary medications
• Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others
• When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact, and wash your hands often.
• Avoid crowds as much as possible.
• Avoid cruise travel, and nonessential travel.
• If there is a COVID-19 outbreak in the community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being
exposed.
There is a statewide 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. 7 days a week. For more
information call Two Rivers Public Health Department at (888) 669-7154 or visit www.trphd.org.
Follow TRPHD on Facebook and Twitter (@2RPHD)
Two Rivers Public Health Department engages collaborative partners, community leaders, and the public to promote
healthy lifestyles, provide preventative education, assure environmental quality, and create more healthy and safe
communities for all who live within the district.

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(Release from Two Rivers Public Health Department) 

Holdrege, NE --- Two Rivers Public Health Department has identified the first travel related case of COVID-19 in the district. This
individual is a Buffalo County female in her 40s who has minor symptoms and is currently self-isolated at home. Two Rivers Public
Health Department staff are actively monitoring this situation.
Local public health staff continue to work closely with Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to identify individuals
who have been in contact with this individual. Two Rivers Public Health Department have interviewed family members to collect a
history of this patient to identify where this individual has spent time.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can appear 2-14 days after an individual is exposed. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of
breath. Older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease are at a higher risk
for getting this illness. “Please take every day precautions such as avoiding close contact with those who are ill, and preventative
actions like washing your hands,” urges Health Director, Jeremy Eschliman.
Performing good health habits can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases in your community. Some
steps to take are:
• Stay home if you are sick
• Avoid close contact with those who are sick
• Wash your hands often, use hand sanitizer when soap and water aren’t available
• Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
There is a statewide 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. 7 days a week. For more
information call Two Rivers Public Health Department at (888) 669-7154 or visit www.trphd.org.
Follow TRPHD on Facebook and Twitter (@2RPHD)
Two Rivers Public Health Department engages collaborative partners, community leaders, and the public to promote
healthy lifestyles, provide preventative education, assure environmental quality, and create more healthy and safe
communities for all who live within the district.

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — A Colorado man is accused of killing a woman whose body was found in a western Nebraska retention pound. Lincoln County Court records say 40-year-old William Stanback is charged with first-degree murder and two weapons counts. Authorities have said he fatally shot his fiancee, 42-year-old Kimberly Ermi. Her body was recovered from the North Platte pond on March 3. She lived in Greeley, Colorado, as does Stanback. He's being held in Lincoln County Jail on $5 million bail. The court records don't list the name of an attorney who could comment for Stanback.

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