COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease)

There are 157 cases confirmed in Buffalo County.

On 3/31, Gov. Ricketts announced that Buffalo County is now included in the State’s Directed Health Measure. This means that until May 11th, there is an enforceable limit on public gatherings, restaurants and bars have to close their dining area, schools are directed in operate without students in the building. Most of this is already being done but the DHM makes in official throughout the county.

On 4/2, TRPHD enacted additional DHM related to social distancing and leaving at least 6 feet between people. This requirement includes but is not limited to beauty salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors, massage therapy offices, and other businesses in the beauty service industry. Please be mindful of your personal space!

On 5/4, TRPHD extended the DHM. This one specifies that gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited, elective medical operations and procedures may happen in hospitals that meet the requirements, individuals with symptoms should quarantine, all schools are instructed to cease in-person activities, salons & parlors are to cease services, all organized team activities are prohibited, religious services are allowed but participants should maintain social distancing. This DHM is effective until May 31. It will not remain in effect any longer than necessary.

On 5/21, Gov. Ricketts announced that Phase II of the DHM will take effect on June 1st. This means that in Buffalo County, restaurants can remain open for dine-in and bars, bottle clubs, and gentlemen’s clubs can reopen. Childcare facilities can have 15 children per room/space. Gatherings are limited to 25 people. Fitness/Health centers, salons and other service facilities are also limited to 25 people. Weddings and funerals are limited to 25 people. Limited and non-contact sports, including baseball, softball, volleyball, and rodeo. Contact sports like basketball, tackle football, soccer and wrestling remain prohibited.

There are 1,503 cases confirmed in Hall County.

On 3/28, Gov. Ricketts announced that Hall County is now included in the State’s Directed Health Measure. This means that until May 6th, there is an enforceable limit on public gatherings, restaurants and bars have to close their dining area, schools are directed in operate without students in the building. Most of this is already being done but the DHM makes in official throughout the county.

One 5/21, Gov. Ricketts announced that on June 1st, Phase I DHM will begin in Hall County. This means that gatherings are limited to 10 people. Fitness/Health centers, salons and other service facilities may reopen but need to limit to 10 people and everyone needs to wear face masks. Restaurants may reopen for dine-in. However, liquor, beer, and wine sales are restricted, unless served with a meal, to carry-out and delivery. That includes bars, taverns and private clubs. Religious services, including weddings and funerals, are allowed but limited to the ceremony or service only. Daycare centers should limit to 15 kids per room or space.

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Election Protocol

In case you missed it, the State of Nebraska is going to hold elections as normal!

Below is an excerpt of a letter from the Buffalo County Election Commissioner, Lisa Poff.

If you have questions about the election specifically please contact Lisa’s office at (308)236-1233.


10 Tips to Reduce COVID-19 Anxiety

  1. Focus on things you can control, such as your thoughts and behaviors.
  2. Keep the big picture in mind. Humankind will survive this.
  3. Remember that the size of news coverage may not equal the size of a threat.
  4. Let wisdom and logic guide you.
  5. Turn to reputable sources for your news.
  6. Control how often you check the latest news.
  7. Model peaceful behavior for those around you.
  8. Evaluate your own health behaviors and be a model for others, including children.
  9. Feeling too isolated? Maintain digital connections with people.
  10. Don’t let fear influence your decisions, such as hoarding supplies.

Recommendations to fight COVID-19

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away!
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces regularly!
  • Stay home when you are feeling ill.
  • Wash you hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure!

If you have concerns about coronavirus (COVID19) CHI Health has an online questionnaire to help people across the region find out if they are at risk. Depending on how those questions are answered, it could lead to a call with the new CHI Health Help Line. Take the questionnaire  or call 1(844)355-2273.

Information from the Center for Disease Control.