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FoodBank Mobile Pantry will be in North Platte on April 14, 2020 from 1pm until the food is gone to help meet your family's needs.

McKinley Education Center at 3010 West F Street in North Platte.

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.


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.


(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
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
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.

(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
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.

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.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A state agency says four more cases of COVID-19 have been identified in three counties, bring the Nebraska total to 32. One involves a Nemaha County man in his 60s who had recently traveled to Colorado. The state Health and Human Services Department said Thursday that another case is of a Sarpy County man who has underlying health issues. The two other people live in Lincoln County. One is a woman in her 40s who recently traveled to Colorado. The other person is a 20-something man who was in close contact with a person who already has tested positive. 


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.

LINCOLN, NE (March 18, 2020) - Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) staff and leadership, focused on finding solutions to help correct the market situation, applaud two letters the National Cattlemen Beef Association (NCBA) sent March 17th to top government and packing industry leaders.
The first letter went to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence as chair of the federal government's response to the coronavirus outbreak. The letter asks that the Administration, in partnership with state and local leaders, take swift and proactive steps to minimize the negative consequences of COVID-19 and preserve the economic viability of the U.S. beef supply chain. Specifically, it asks for USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) to expand the availability of low- and zero-interest loans in addition to increasing flexibility of terms for existing loans. Further, it requests FSA coordinate with USDA Rural Development and the Small Business Administration throughout the implementation of these accommodations.
Regarding transportation, the letter requests the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) emergency declaration and suspension of Hours of Service to extend to haulers transporting shipments of livestock feed, critically important animal health technologies, and trucks moving livestock to feedyards and packing facilities. This critical step will not only keep cattle haulers in business, but it is the only way to ensure movement across the entire beef supply chain during this challenging time.
Regarding cattle prices, and the increasing disparity between cattle and boxed beef prices, it requests that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) keep a close eye on the cattle markets to ensure that no one tries to use the uncertainty of the live cattle market to manipulate or illegally take advantage of the situation.

The letter explains that the U.S. cattle producers are no strangers to difficulties in the market created by factors outside of their control and believe they will recover from these dark days in due time. Cattle families feel the impact of this pandemic just like other families and will do their best to keep cattle healthy and to provide American families with safe, high-quality beef. Producers ask government leaders to work with them to keep the stream of commerce moving as efficiently as possible so that they may continue to keep store shelves stocked with beef for American consumers.
NC also supports the second letter, which was sent to the North American Meat Institute (NAMI), the trade organization representing packers. It asks that NAMI members be aggressive in the cash market and base their bids on the increased cutout value we see rather than the futures. This will help with market liquidity and transparency, thus helping bring some stability back to the cattle markets. Second, it asks packers to participate in the weekly Fed Cattle Exchange to provide further confidence to the producer segment of our industry by providing transparency and price discovery. The letter also asks that NAMI actively communicate your actions with NCBA and allow us to communicate those actions to the full beef community.
The letter to NAMI states NCBA will continue to work with USDA to ensure it provides the inspectors and graders to keep the beef supply moving. Any plant shutdown or slowdown will further compound the economic impact on feeders, stockers, and cow/calf producers. NCBA will also help to fight any attempt to restrict interstate commerce that would impact the flow of cattle and beef.
About the calls for action, Nebraska Cattlemen President Ken Herz said NC staff and leadership remain committed to members. "Please know we are working diligently to find solutions to the current situation while keeping our long-term focus on improving market transparency and reducing market volatility. We will continue to keep you up to date as more information becomes available."

The Board of Commissioners are aware of the emergency conditions that exist with regards to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and voted to close all County facilities to the public effective 5:00 p.m. today, March 18, 2020. The Board will continue to monitor the outbreak and request the public to take the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of exposure.

If you need to conduct business in County offices, we recommend utilizing online services, mail in services and the County’s drop box which is located in the parking lot of the Lincoln County Detention Center at 302 North Jeffers, near the Children’s Museum. 

Enter the parking lot on Third Street and turn right. Put everything in a secure envelope and address it to the desired County office. The drop box is weatherproof, tamper resistant and is located in a monitored parking area for security. NO POSTAGE NECESSARY! The drop box will be checked several times a day by authorized personnel. If you need to contact a department, please use the following
telephone numbers. You may need to leave a message and the official will return your call as needed. 

County facilities will remain closed to the public until further notice.The courts are open. If you are represented by an attorney, contact your attorney. If you are not represented by an attorney and have a court appearance, please call the County Court.

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

MARCH 17, 2020 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  — A large and growing number of restaurants and bars have announced modified operations or closures to comply with public health guidance to limit the spread of COVID-19. As those efforts continue, the Nebraska State Patrol urges those who are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day to do so responsibly.

“We’ve already seen how well our communities throughout our state are responding to this unprecedented situation,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “Our hope is always that people celebrate responsibly, but that message has a different meaning today. If you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, please do so responsibly by adhering to CDC recommendations for gatherings and by designating a sober driver.”

Troopers are constantly patrolling for impaired drivers throughout Nebraska. Those efforts will continue tonight as St. Patrick’s Day traditionally has among the highest incidence of drunk driving nationwide.

NSP’s St. Patrick’s Day impaired driving enforcement is made possible thanks in part to a grant for $7,552 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office.

The Nebraska State Patrol urges all Nebraskans to comply with guidance from Governor Ricketts, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to limit gatherings to ten people or fewer.

Grand Island, NE - A robbery was reported to Grand Island Police Department on Monday night at 7:50 pm to Pumpers gas station at 1904 N Diers avenue. A Hispanic male was waving a firearm and demanding money. The male took money and was observed getting into a dark colored SUV and then fled the scene. The suspect, Alexis Moreno-Sanchez, vehicle was later located at Casey's General store on West Hwy 30. Assistance was then provided by the Nebraska State Patrol. During the investigation the whereabouts of Moreno-Sanchez led police to the community of Alda. Hall County Sheriff's Office, Nebraska State Patrol, and Grand Island Police all relocated, were Joseph Hart was contacted and identified as the driver of the suspect’s vehicle. Several attempts were made to get Alexis Moreno-Sanchez to exit the residence, where he was then removed from the residence by the GIPD Tactical Response Team and K9 Unit. When Moreno-Sanchez was then placed in the back seat of the patrol vehicle, he was instructed to lean forward and he then spit saliva on the officer’s face. Alexis Moreno-Sanchez was charged with robbery, use of a weapon to commit a felony, obstruction and assault on an office with bodily fluid. Joseph Hart was arrested for accessory to felony. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts has limited public gatherings to 10 people in an effort to keep the coronavirus from spreading, even though it's likely to mean painful economic times and major disruption to people's lives. Ricketts' announcement will force the cancellation of events statewide and many businesses will shut their doors as people hunker down to try to avoid catching COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. He says he was aligning the state with recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Legislature has suspended its session to try to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Lawmakers were off on Monday but had been set to reconvene Tuesday. The session has now been postponed and it's not clear when lawmakers will return to the Capitol. Sen. Adam Morfeld, of Lincoln, says roughly two-thirds of the Legislature's 49 senators are in the high-risk category if they were to catch the virus. The Legislature's decision came as the number of coronavirus cases in Nebraska had climbed to 20.

COVID-19 Update: In from the office of Grand Island Mayor Roger Steele

1. The City Fieldhouse and City Library are closed to the public until further notice.

2. All public meetings and or public programming at the City Hall Community Room, the Community Room at the Law Enforcement Center, or public meetings at Fire Station no. 1 are cancelled until further notice.  

3. Mass gatherings of the public at City buildings will not be permitted except as reasonably necessary to conduct essential City business.


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