COVID-19 Statewide Death Total Now 76

COVID-19 Statewide Death Total Now 76

Three additional deaths related to COVID-19 were reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Saturday.

The South Heartland District Health Department reported two deaths in Adams County, a female in her 90s and a male in his 80s, both hospitalized with underlying health conditions.  A third death was reported in Dakota County.  Frontier and Keith county have recently reported their first cases.

The total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the state to date is 76, according to the DHHS data dashboard. The state case total, as of 5:45 pm Central Daylight Time Saturday, was 5,326.

Governor Pete Ricketts recently announced TestNebraska, a public-private partnership designed to increase testing capacity and #CrushTheCurve in Nebraska. The Governor is urging all Nebraskans to take the assessment provided on the TestNebraska website to help identify cases of COVID-19 in the state. After taking the assessment participants who fit the criteria will be notified via phone or email that they qualify to be tested for COVID-19. Nebraskans can take the assessment at https://www.testnebraska.com/

DHHS supports Governor Ricketts in urging Nebraskans to follow the Six Rules to Keep Nebraska Healthy. 

  1. Stay home.  No non-essential errands and no social gatherings.  Respect the ten-person limits.
  2. Socially distance your work.  Work from home or use the six-foot rule as much as possible in the workplace.
  3. Shop alone.  Do this only once a week and do not take your family with you.
  4. Help kids social distance. Play at home, no group sports and no playgrounds.
  5. Help seniors stay at home.  This can be done by shopping for them.  Do not visit long-term facilities.
  6. Exercise daily.  Do your best to stay as healthy and safe as you can.

Recent studies show that a significant portion of people with COVID-19 lack symptoms and those who eventually develop symptoms can pass the virus to others before showing symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

Cloth face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing. Public health officials continue to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing is crucial to slowing the spread of the virus.

Here’s where to find tools and resources for individuals and families, schools, communities, businesses, healthcare facilities, and first responders on the DHHS website – http://dhhs.ne.gov/coronavirus and CDC’s website – https://www.cdc.gov/covid19 .

DHHS opened 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. The number is (402) 552-6645 or toll-free at (833) 998-2275; hours of operation are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. CDT, 7 days a week.