North Platte, Ne - Staff and members of the NEBRASKAland DAYS Board of Directors continue to communicate and gather as much information as we can in an effort to make the best decisions possible about the upcoming 2020 Festival, currently still scheduled for June 17-27, 2020. “We’ve been in contact with State officials, industry partners, and our national contacts throughout the course of the last month,” says Executive Director David Fudge. “At the moment we’re working through a number of scenarios.”
NEBRASKAland DAYS is complying with the Governor’s Directed Health Measures to keep our team safe. While the office remains open, the lobby has been closed to the public. “The sooner we get this behind us the sooner we can get people back to work,” says Fudge. “Right now our prayers are with the frontline medical staff who are working hard to keep people healthy.”
As the situation evolves, information will be released to the public through local media, our social media channels, and our new app, which will be released in the coming week. “When we have a direction, we’ll let everyone know as quickly as possible. We’ll communicate with all of our stakeholders, including those who have tickets purchased. We will not leave you hanging.”
Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) has been notified of an additional person from SWNPHD’s health district that have tested positive for COVID-19.
New cases include:
• One Furnas County resident - A man in his 20s who is currently self-isolating.
Contact investigations are underway to identify people who came into close contact to help prevent further spread. All identified close contacts will self-quarantine and be actively monitored daily by public health officials for fever and respiratory symptoms.
COVID-19 is active in the communities of southwest Nebraska and not related to any specific location. SWNPHD recommends everyone practice the same protective measures when they go to any location outside their own home.
Certain people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 including older adults and people of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- People who have serious heart conditions
- People who are immunocompromised. Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, or organ transplantation.
- People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
- People with diabetes
- People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
- People with liver disease
For more information on COVID-19 in southwest Nebraska, visit www.swhealth.ne.gov. You can also follow SWNPHD on Facebook and Twitter. SWNPHD serves Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Hayes, Hitchcock, Keith, Perkins and Red Willow counties. SWNPHD is located at 404 West 10th St (1 block north of Arby’s) in McCook or at 501 Broadway in Imperial (5th St.entrance).
Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) announced today that a second person from SWNPHD’s health district has tested positive for COVID-19.
This second positive case is a male in their twenties in Furnas County. They are currently self-isolating at home. Contact investigations are underway to identify people who came into close contact to help prevent further spread. All identified close contacts will self-quarantine and be actively monitored daily by public health officials for fever and symptoms.
SWNPHD and the other local health departments in Nebraska join Governor Ricketts in urging every Nebraskan to do all we can to Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected.
- Stay home whenever possible.
- Avoid gathering in any groups (if a group is necessary, limit it to no more than 10 people – and remember the 6 feet rule)
- Do not visit or host people who do not live with you. This includes family.
- Work from home if you can.
- Keep at least 6 feet distance from anyone you don’t live with.
- Stay home if you are sick or if someone in your home is sick.
- If you are an employer, make plans so that your employees can stay home when needed.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a cloth mask when you are out in public.
- Shop once each week, alone, and be efficient. Avoid browsing or lingering.
- Stay in touch with friends and loved ones by using your phone, tablet, computer, letters, or cards.
- Check in on neighbors and other people who may be alone or need help.
All Nebraskans need to act today to limit the impact of coronavirus on our communities.
For general information on COVID-19 call the DHHS hotline at 402-552-6645, or visit the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website at http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/
For more information on COVID-19 in southwest Nebraska, visit www.swhealth.ne.gov. You can also follow SWNPHD on Facebook and Twitter. SWNPHD serves Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Hayes, Hitchcock, Keith, Perkins and Red Willow counties. SWNPHD is located at 404 West 10th St (1 block north of Arby’s) in McCook or at 501 Broadway in Imperial (5th St. entrance).
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