Local COVID-19 Info

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Nebraska Vaccine Plane

Phase 1

o Phase 1A*

++Healthcare personnel

++Long-term Care Facility residents and staff

o Phase 1 B°

++Persons 75 years and older

++First responders

++Education sector

++Critical Infrastructure

o Phase 1 C

++Persons 65 – 74 yo

++Persons with high-risk medical conditions

++Vulnerable populations (disabled, homeless, etc)

Phase 2 – Large number of vaccine doses available, sufficient to meet the demand of general population.

Elaboration on Tier 1A (PDF)

Elaboration on Tier 1B (PDF)

Full NE DHHS plan (PDF)

NE DHHS page on COVID-19 vaccine

*Initial supplies of vaccine should NOT go to: administrative staff, staff working remotely, staff not in direct contact with COVID patients or infectious materials

°For highest risk for work-related exposure because they must be on-site and involve being in close proximity.

On November 17, 2020, Kearney City Council unanimously passed a city-wide ordinance requiring face coverings.

On November 23, 2020, Hastings City Council unanimously passed a city-wide ordinance requiring face coverings.

On November 24, 2020, Grand Island City Council passed a city-wide ordinance requiring face coverings.

Any individual or entity which owns or operates any premise other than a residence, including but not limited to private and public educational institutions or school districts, shall require all individuals age five (5) and older to wear a face covering over their mouth and nose while indoors unless the individual is able to and maintains at least six (6) feet of separation at all times from anyone else who is not their household member. Face coverings will not be required if the individual:

  • Is engaged in federal, state, or county government services in the location those services are provided;
  • Is seated at a bar or restaurant to eat or drink, or while immediately consuming food or beverages;
  • Is engaged in exercise and six (6) feet of separation can be maintained;
  • Is engaged in an occupation preventing the wearing of a face covering;
  • Is obtaining a service or purchasing goods or services that requires the temporary removal of the face covering during the service or the purchase;
  • Is giving a speech, lecture, or broadcast to an audience so long as six (6) feet of distancing from other individuals is maintained and only while said speech, lecture, or broadcast is being delivered; or,
  • Cannot otherwise wear a face covering because of a medical condition, a mental health condition, or a disability that prevents the wearing of a face covering.

Residents are not required to wear face coverings outdoors, but it is highly recommended if social distancing isn’t possible. The order will extend until February 23, 2021 at 11:59 p.m., unless otherwise extended.

NEW Guidelines as of NOV 13


NEW DHM Guidelines as of NOV 11

  • Hospital must maintain at least 10% of staffed beds for Covid patients.
  • Patrons at bars and restaurants must remain seated, no more than 8 to a group.
  • Indoor gatherings limited to 25% capacityPhase 4 is in effect as of 09/14/2020 which means the below guidelines (Phase 3) are only recommendations.

Restaurants, bars, gentlemen’s clubs, bottle clubs,– allowed to serve dine-in customers at 100% of rated occupancy if all the following conditions are met (Phase 3):

The restaurant seats parties at least six feet apart and no more than eight persons, food may be consumed at bar seating, games such as pool, darts, arcade games are allowed. Masks must be worn at businesses when people are in close contact for at least 15 minutes.  Six feet of separation will be required .at gyms, bars, restaurants and churches.

Beauty/nail salons, barber shops, massage therapy services, and tattoo parlors/studios -Limited to 75% of rated occupancy, and require both workers and patrons of these establishments to wear masks (exception for services for all services performed on face–i.e. shave, facials). Masks must be worn at businesses when people are in close contact for at least 15 minutes.  Six feet of separation will be required.

Childcare Facilities will be back to DHHS licensee guidelines, except school age children (K-12) which is limited to 30 children per room/space.

Fitness Centers, Gyms, Health Spas– Limited to 75% of rated occupancy. Masks must be worn at businesses when people are in close contact for at least 15 minutes.  Six feet of separation will be required.

Places of worship (churches, synagogues, mosques)

  • It will not be permissible to pass items among worshipers.
  • They will need to ensure six feet of separation between different household units.

Wedding/Funeral Venues- Maximum of eight persons in a party, venue staff must serve food directly to all individuals, limited dances requiring guests to gather outside of their respective tables in guidance.

Teams Sports

  • Fan attendance is  limited to household members and with be subject to same limit as social gatherings. Six feet of separation will be required.

Social Gatherings Indoor limited to 50% occupancy up to 10,000 people.  Outdoor limited to100% occupancy up to 10,000 people. (Arenas, Stadiums, Fairgrounds, Festivals, Zoos, Auditoriums, Conference rooms, Theaters, Libraries, Pools. Groups shall be no larger the eight individuals with six feet of separation.  Plans for reopening must be submitted to local health departments for venues that 500+.

PROHIBITED= Parades, Carnivals, Midways, Dances, & Beer Gardens. Parades that are vehicle based with no lining of streets are allowed. Travel 14-day quarantine only for international travel.

Phase 4- Indoor will be limited to 75% occupancy up to 10,000 people.  Outdoor limited to 100% occupancy up to 10,000 people. 

Long Term Care Facilites-Visitors allowed, non-medical trips allowed, non essential personnel allowed.

COVID Interviews

Interviews with local businesses and service providers

Federal resources

CDC Coronavirus information page

Small Business Administration Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. White House

U.S. Food  & Drug Administration

World Health Organization (WHO)

State Resources

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts

TestNebraska.com for a Covid-19 test questionnaire to see if you’re at risk and need to be tested

Nebraska Coronavirus Resource Page

Nebraska Department of Labor

Nebraska Attorney General Consumer Protection From Covid Fraud

Health Departments

South Heartland District Health Department  (Adams, Clay, Nuckolls, Webster)

Central District Heath Department (Hall, Hamilton, Merrick)

Two River Health Department (Buffalo, Dawson, Gosper, Phelps, Kearney, Harlan, Franklin)

Local Governments

City of Kearney Alert Center

Buffalo County

City of Hastings

Adams County

City of Grand Island

Hall County

Community aid

Heartland United Way in Grand Island, South Central United Way in Hastings, United Way Kearney Area

Community Action Partnership Mid Nebraska

Kearney Jubilee Center

Food Pantries

Buffalo County Community Health Partners