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Central District Health Department (CDHD) sadly reports a total of 10 new Covid-19 related deaths in the district, bringing the total number of deaths to 35, with a total of 28 in Hall County, 7 in Hamilton and none in Merrick County.  CDHD additionally reports a total of 1,035 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 2:00 p.m. today. The total breakdown by county is Hall: 972, Hamilton: 49, and Merrick: 9. We have continued wide-spread COVID-19 in our district.

The availability of testing is now increasing. The Nebraska National Guard will again be testing for COVID-19 Thursday and Saturday this week 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We anticipate the roll out of TestNebraska in Grand Island early next week. This will greatly increase the number of COVID-19 tests. More testing means more positives, but more importantly it means that we will identify more persons who are contagious and advise them to quarantine.

 

CDHD has access to a team of local, state and national public health experts to provide input on efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. We are evaluating what has worked and what can be improved. Key additions include providing case management and community health worker support for persons being tested and especially for persons and their families testing positive. 

We ask that all members of our community make the continued commitment to social distance, to self-isolate when sick, and to stay home when sick. Keep your family safe by reducing their exposure to others. Take every precaution to avoid getting sick.  Register at TestNebraska now at: https://www.testnebraska.com/en


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LINCOLN –  Tuesday afternoon at his daily press briefing, Governor Pete Ricketts talked about best practices to resume elective surgeries at dental offices and dining in restaurants.  Dental facilities with sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) can resume operations in Nebraska as of Monday, May 4th.  In some regions of Nebraska, restaurants will be able to reopen their dining areas on May 4th as well.

 

Zoe Olson, Executive Director of the Nebraska Restaurant Association, overviewed the safety precautions restaurants are taking as they prepare to serve guests.  Dr. Charles “Fritz” Craft, Director of Dental Health for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and Dr. Ken Tusha, past president of the Nebraska Dental Association (NDA), also joined the Governor today.  They talked about their industry’s efforts to ensure that the reopening of dental clinics takes place safely and smoothly.

 

Gov. Ricketts: Test Nebraska Reminder

·      Nebraskans have completed about 100,000 health assessments as of this morning.

·      We need every Nebraskan to go to TestNebraska.com right now and to fill out this quick assessment.

·      We expect scheduling for the first two Test Nebraska testing sites in Grand Island and Omaha to begin soon.

o   We need people not just in these cities, but in the surrounding areas, to take the assessment now.

o   We will begin contacting folks to schedule testing in the near future.

 

Gov. Ricketts: New Guidelines for Restaurants

·      Last Friday, I announced that we would reopen some of the businesses that temporarily closed on a regional basis.

·      Our Directed Health Measures will require the following for dine-in restaurants:

o   Seating will be limited to 50% of a restaurant’s maximum occupancy rating.

o   Each dining party must maintain a minimum of six feet of separation from other dining parties.

o   Each dining party will be limited to six persons (groups larger than six will need to be seated at separate tables).

o   Self-serve buffets and salad bars are prohibited.  Restaurant staff must serve food directly to customers or implement buffet orders from the customer table. No customer self-service is permitted.

o   Each dining party must be seated at its own table.  Bar and counter seating are not permitted.

o   Patrons may only consume alcohol on the premises if also consuming a meal.

·      Today, the State of Nebraska is unveiling new guidance for restaurants.  It is available by clicking here.

o   Among other things, this guidance includes having all restaurant workers wear cloth masks, limiting the number of roles a worker plays, and pre-screening workers to ensure their health.

 

Zoe Olson: Resuming Dine-In Services at Restaurants

·      Dining rooms won’t reopen statewide on May 4th.  They will reopen on a regional basis.

·      Together with our members, the National Restaurant Association, and subject matter experts, we’ve developed guidance for restaurants as they reopen their seating areas.

·      It’s available at our website: nebraska-dining.org.

·      The Nebraska Restaurant Association will be posting the reopening guidelines in restaurants for diners to view.  The association will also post the reopening requirements issued by the State of Nebraska. 

·      Additionally, we encourage Nebraskans to avoid dining if they have any symptoms of illness.

·      We’re doing everything in our power to make restaurants the safest environments possible for customers.

·      We’ve been moving tables farther apart, doing extra sanitizing, and implementing other policies to keep everyone healthy.

 

Dr. Fritz Craft: Resuming Dental Services

·      As the dental profession prepares to resume elective surgeries, the DHHS Office of Oral Health, the Nebraska Board of Dentistry, and the Nebraska Dental Association (NDA) have been in constant communication.

·      We’ve pooled our resources to review the latest evidence-based information from the American Dental Association, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare.

·      We want to ensure that our message to the dental community is clear and consistent at this critical time.

·      We also want to assure the general public that dental services will proceed with safety precautions for patients, dental staff, and providers.

·      The NDA has been working hard to produce interim guidelines and recommendations for dental offices.

·      Their final report has been reviewed by DHHS and the Board of Dentistry.  It will be a living document with ongoing revisions as more becomes known about COVID-19.

·      As dental services resume, there will be enhanced patient screening, elevated PPE, higher levels of infection control, and limitations on certain procedures.

·      The decision to reopen or remain closed is up to each dental practice.

·      The new guidelines produced by the NDA will assist providers in making this decision.

 

Dr. Ken Tusha: Resuming Dental Services

·      The NDA’s Recommended Office Opening Protocols can be accessed by any member of the public at nedental.org.

·      Dentistry probably won’t come back on like a light switch.  It will be more like a dimmer switch.

·      We’re going to slowly open our offices after we’ve trained out whole team in the new protocols.

·      The new guidelines include training, health screening of teammates, and health screening of patients as they come in.

·      We’re taking steps to eliminate person-to-person interactions in waiting rooms.

·      We’re also going to have enhanced disinfection and make sure everyone has the proper PPE.

·      I’m confident we have the guidelines in place to operate safely.


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Central District Health Department reports that as of today, April 28, 2020, the number of positive COVID-19 cases confirmed by laboratory is 990, and there are 25 deaths. There are 9 cases in Merrick County, 48 cases in Hamilton County and 933 in Hall County.

Monday, April 27th Update: Covid-19 update from the Central District Health Department 
Total of 954 lab confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its area and 25 deaths as of 2:00 PM 4/27/20. 23 new cases today. No new deaths to report. 

Hall County: 899
Hamilton County: 47
Merrick County: 8


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LINCOLN, Neb.  — A judge has sentenced a 26-year-old Lincoln man on Monday to more than 70 years in prison for sexual abusing two young girls. Austin Mariscal pleaded no contest to two counts of first-degree sexual assault in a deal with prosecutors that spared him a possible life sentence. Lancaster County District Judge John Colborn sentenced Mariscal to 35 to 45 years in prison for each of those charges, with the sentences to be served back to back.

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is continuing to see a surge in coronavirus infections, including new confirmed cases in two counties. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services reports 330 new cases, bringing the total to nearly 3,400. Additionally, Cedar and Valley counties confirmed their first cases. Nebraska has seen 55 virus-related deaths so far. State officials previously announced 56 deaths, but later in the day they said one of those deaths was an erroneous entry into the state’s database.

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Covid-19 update from the Central District Health Department 
Total of 954 lab confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its area and 25 deaths as of 2:00 PM 4/27/20. 23 new cases today. No new deaths to report. 

Hall County: 899
Hamilton County: 47
Merrick County: 8

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City Of Grand Island Covid-19 update 4/27

Posted by KRGI News on Monday, April 27, 2020

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Central District Health Department reports that as of today, April 26, 2020, the number of positive COVID-19 cases confirmed by laboratory is 931, and there are 25 deaths.
There are 8 cases in Merrick County, 47 cases in Hamilton County and 876 in Hall County.

(Saturday, April 25th Update) - The Central District Health Department reports as of 4:00 p.m. today April 25, 2020, the number of positive cases of COVID-19 confirmed by laboratory is 866. Three more deaths have been reported to bring the total to now 24. Total cases by county include: 8 cases in Merrick County, 47 cases in Hamilton County and 811 in Hall County.

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska intends to hold in-person classes on all of its campuses this fall while still accounting for possible coronavirus restrictions. University officials say they wanted to make the announcement early to give students, faculty and staff as much time as possible to plan. The university may still impose some restrictions to keep the virus from spreading. The pandemic has forced colleges and universities nationwide to shift to online-only classes. University of Nebraska officials decided to offer online classes instead of in-person courses for the rest of the spring semester. Courses will still be taught online this summer.

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