Labor Day gatherings help create 20 new COVID-19 cases in Southwest Nebraska (9/22/20)McCOOK, Neb. -- Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department has had 20 new cases of COVID-19 reported since Sep. 14, many of them related to family gatherings over the Labor Day weekend, according to officials. This brings the totals for the health district to 194 cases with 151 cases recovered...
Contingency plans in effect; 29 quarantined for McCook Public Schools (9/22/20)McCOOK, Neb. — One person has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus at the McCook Public School District. Superintendent Grant Norgaard said Monday that procedures are in place, in cooperation with the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department, for contact tracing and declined to specify if the individual was a student or staff member, citing privacy concerns...
10 new cases, one death reported; businesses urged to have COVID-19 plans in place (9/15/20)McCOOK, Neb. -- Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) has had 10 new cases of COVID-19 reported since September 8th. SWNPHD has also received confirmation of one additional death due to COVID-19 in the health district. This brings the totals for the health district to 174 cases with 151 cases recovered...
North Platte physician dies of COVID-19 (9/14/20)NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – Longtime Great Plains Health physician, Leland Lamberty, MD, died Saturday, September 12 due to complications of COVID-19. “Dr. Lamberty was loved and respected by all who worked with him,” said Mel McNea, Great Plains Health chief executive officer. “His presence on our medical staff and in the community will be missed. He was a visionary, a mentor and a friend to many. He truly loved practicing medicine and serving his patients and it showed.”...
Hospital to allow visitors; free testing continues (9/10/20)McCOOK, Neb. -- Community Hospital has made the decision to allow visitors in to see inpatients due to low positive cases of COVID-19 in the area over the past few weeks. Effective immediately, inpatients will be allowed one visitor at a time. Visitors will be screened and must wear a mask at all times while in the facility. Children under age twelve are not permitted at this time. Strict visiting hours will be adhered to, 9 AM to 4:30 PM. The front doors will be locked at 4:30 pm...
12 new cases, 4 deaths reported to SWNPHD (9/10/20)McCOOK, Neb. -- Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department has had 12 new cases of COVID-19 reported since Aug. 31s. Cases are updated several times per week on Tableau located at www.swhealth.ne.gov on the COVID-19 page and under General Info and Maps. This cumulative information is reported out by age, sex, county and exposure. A daily county and cumulative case count is also available...
Landlord assistance available for COVID-19 losses (9/2/20)OGALLALA, Neb. -- The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly everyone in Nebraska, with lay-offs, furloughs, school closings, and more. The West Central Nebraska Development District is teaming with the Southeast Nebraska Affordable Housing Council (SENAHC) to help landlords...
COVID-19 testing Wednesday, other dates (9/1/20)McCOOK, Neb. –Nebraska residents wanting a free COVID-19 test in McCook can do so during September and October. The tests are being offered by Community Hospital through the Nebraska initiative, TestNebraska, since July. Drive-up testing will be held in McCook from 8-10 a.m. on Sept. 2 and 16, and October 7 and 14 at the Merchant Building at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds...
Health director urges continued precautions in light of 48% COVID increase (9/1/20)McCOOK, Neb. -- Southwest Nebraska has seen a 48% increase or 74 more cases of COVID-19 since adopting more open Phase 4 Directed Health Measures Aug. 1, according to the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department. The movement from Phase 3 to Phase 4 does not change an individual’s actions to stay healthy, said Myra Stoney, SWNPHD health director...
UNK plans random COVID-19 testing (8/31/20)KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney has a new tool to track the prevalence of COVID-19 on campus. Through a partnership with TestNebraska, UNK will begin randomly testing students, staff and faculty for the novel coronavirus, allowing university leadership and health officials to more closely monitor case numbers...
City of McCook responds to SWNPHD policy on release of information (8/28/20)McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook City officials have been frustrated about the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department's policy to not release information on local residents who have COVID-19 to local first responders who may be called to their homes. The original SWNPHD release from Jne 22, 2020, can be read here...
MCFF works to bridge local COVID learning gap (8/27/20)McCOOK, Neb. -- McCook Community Foundation Fund Name is part of a nearly $1.2 million statewide effort to bridge the learning gap in the face of Covid-19. Using funds from MCFF’s Covid-19 Response Account along with matching grants from the Nebraska Community Foundation, McCook Public Schools and St. Patrick Elementary School will receive more than $40,000 in funds...
Links to follow
- Center for Disease Control
- Community Hospital Coronavirus preparedness
- Community updates from Dr. Bob Rauner - Youtube channel
- COVID-19 Nebraska Cases by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
- John Hopkins Coronavirus Map
- Ne Dept of Econ Dev COVID-19
- Nebraska Chamber Coronavirus update
- Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services
- Southwest Nebraska Health Department
- Employee Rights - Paid Sick Leave & Expanded Family & Medical Leave
- Employer Fact Sheet Short Term Compensation
- SBA-Ne Fact Sheet-Economic injury disaster loans
- covid 19 infographic en 1
- Workplace tips for employees
- COVID-19 Business Preparedness Checklist
- 15 days to slow the spread
- CDC-COVID19 symptoms
- CDC-What to do if you are sick with COVID-19
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