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.
North Platte, Ne -
Press Release From North Platte Mayor Dwight Livingston
In an effort to protect our people, both constituents and employees, we are restricting access to City Hall and Municipal Light and Water as of 8:00 a.m. Thursday, March 19th, 2020 until further notice.
We are asking those who need to conduct business in City Hall to call the numbers that will be provided on our website, or the number that you are accustomed to calling to conduct business with the various departments of the City. You will be given time to meet with a representative of the department that you are looking for and will be able to get your business transacting as quickly as possible. We will be staffing all departments as usual and ask for your cooperation as we try to maintain the services that you deserve and expect from the City.
This process will remain in effect until further notice. We will do our best to update everyone on any changes that need to be made to this situation as we move forward in dealing with the COVID-19 situation.
North Platte, Ne - Officials from the City of North Platte, Great Plains Health and North Platte Public Schools addressed the media this morning about what plans are being made to address the Covid-19 Virus that is impacting the Country. North Platte Mayor Dwight Livingston opened the press conference by saying that it's business as usual for the City at the moment but did add thanks to the West Central Health Department for their assistance, he added that the City would like citizens that pay bills and need City Hall Assistance, to Call, use their personal mobile devices or the City's Drive Through Window to do their City Business. Livingston went on to say the North Platte Recreation Center and North Platte Public Library are both currently open, although some services will be limited.
Also, speaking at the Press conference were City Manager Jim Hawks, North Platte Fire Chief Denis Thompson, and Executive Director of West Central District Health Department Shannon Vanderheiden who says they have currently had 20 Negative tests from the North Platte Area. She went on to remind people to get tested, ill feeling people need to first contact their primary physician, who will mandate your test procedure; also that testing is available through a drive up process. The Mobile testing station is located near an Ambulance in the Great Plains Health Pavilion on the north side of Francis Street across from The Hospital Emergency Room.
North Platte COVID-19 Press Conference