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COVID-19 Case Numbers Continue to Expand with More Testing - March 30, 2020.

          Social distancing and staying home are increasingly important as expanded testing has continued to confirm more cases of COVID-19. The Douglas County Health Department on Monday received preliminary results on 16 new cases of COVID-19.

            “The public has to take COVID-19 seriously,” said Douglas County Board of Health President Chris Rodgers. “We hope the public acts now to stop the spread of this disease, or we can and will take more strict measures to limit public activities. People need to stay home and avoid crowds.”

            The new cases include nine men and women in their 20s and 30s, four women in their 40s and 50s, a man and a woman in their 60s and a man in his 70s. Four of the cases had direct contact with a known case, two cases are travel-related, and five involve community spread. The Health Department’s Epidemiology Team continues to investigate the other cases. One person is hospitalized.

The Health Department reminds everyone to take precautions throughout the community to avoid a COVID-19 infection. You also should consider that many people who are sick have mild symptoms. According to the CDC, four out of five people who have become ill acquired the disease from someone who didn’t know they had it, so there likely are many more people in the community who are infected with COVID-19 than have been reported.

Please increase your awareness of the symptoms, which include a fever, cough, sore throat, or difficulty breathing. If you have COVID-19 symptoms or develop symptoms, contact your health care provider and tell them how you are feeling and any possible history of exposure, then call ahead before you go to the doctor’s office or an emergency room.

DCHD’s information line remains open at (402) 444-3400 to anyone with general questions about COVID-19. The number is answered daily from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Nebraska DHHS has a COVID-19 information line open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily at (402) 552-6645. Any calls outside those hours are handled by the United Way’s 2-1-1 Resource Hotline.

 

COVID-19 Case Numbers Increase with Expanded Testing - March 29, 2020.

Nine new cases of COVID-19 were reported by the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) on Sunday as testing continues to ramp up. That makes 66 cases in the county.

“This is a major step toward measuring the extent of this major public health challenge,” Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said. “The other will be for the community to embrace social distancing. We need people to stay home as much as possible.”

These latest cases involve a man and a woman in their 20s, a woman in her 50s, two women and a man in their 60s, two women in their 70s, and a woman in her 80s. Four of the cases had direct contact with a known case, two cases are travel-related, and one involves community spread. The Health Department’s Epidemiology Team continues to investigate the other cases. One person is hospitalized.

The Health Department reminds everyone to take precautions throughout the community to avoid a COVID-19 infection. You also should consider that many people who are sick have mild symptoms. According to the CDC, four out of five people who have become ill acquired the disease from someone who didn’t know they had it, so there likely are many more people in the community who are infected with COVID-19 than have been reported.

Please increase your awareness of the symptoms, which include a fever, cough, sore throat, or difficulty breathing. If you have COVID-19 symptoms or develop symptoms, contact your health care provider and tell them how you are feeling and any possible history of exposure, then call ahead before you go to the doctor’s office or an emergency room.

DCHD’s information line remains open to anyone with general questions about COVID-19. That number, (402) 444-3400, is answered seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Nebraska DHHS has a COVID-19 information line open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily at (402) 552-6645. Any person who has questions outside those hours is asked to call the United Way’s 2-1-1 Resource Hotline.

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Health Department Updates COVID-19 Order - March 20, 2020

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DCHD Confirms Second Community Spread Case of COVID-19 - March 18, 2020

Three Additional COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Douglas County - March 17, 2020

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DCHD Reports New COVID-19 Cases and Pubic Exposures - March 15, 2020

DCHD Confirms First Community Spread COVID-19 Case (Two New Travel Cases Reported) - March 14, 2020

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DCHD Confirms Two New Covid-19 Cases - March 13, 2020

DCHD Reports More Possible Exposures - March 12, 2020

Five Household Contacts Test Positive for COVID-19 - March 11, 2020

DCHD Investigation Seeks Public Help - March 11, 2020

Douglas County Announces New Case of COVID-19 - March 11, 2020

Health Department Continues COVID-19 Investigations - March 10, 2020

DCHD Reports Two Additional COVID-19 Cases Related to First Case - March 8, 2020

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Questions and Answers about COVID-19 - Updated: February 12, 2020

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Welcome to the Douglas County Health Department

Information Line for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): 402-444-3400
Se habla Espanol. Open Seven Days a Week, except Holidays (8:30 am to 4:00 pm)

Healthcare Providers Only: DCHD COVID-19 NPHL Test Request

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 Directed Health Measure Order 2020-002 (signed 03/25/2020)

 
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 Amended Order: Less than 10 (signed 03/20/2020)

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Location and Hours:
Our main office is at:
1111 South 41st Street (East of 42nd Street on Pacific Street)
Omaha, NE 68105

Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(402) 444-7471

For Emergencies or After Hours: (402) 444-7000


Mission Statement:
To Protect, Promote, and Prioritize the Health of our Entire Community

Vision Statement:
A Healthy, Vibrant, and Resilient Community for Everyone, Everywhere


Learn more about the Douglas County Health Department

Click on the video playlist below
to learn what the Douglas County Health Department is,
the value it brings to the Douglas County community
and the programs and services offered by DCHD.

Imagine a place where people from across the community have an opportunity to grow healthy and succeed. A place where place doesn’t matter and everyone’s human potential is realized.

That is the goal of the Douglas County Health Department - the public health agency overseeing the well-being of more than a half million people in Eastern Nebraska. This responsibility is one we take with great seriousness.

It starts by connecting everyone to a field of opportunity, a health-based grid of care and nourishment that opens the door to great things.

Disease control is a primary focus as the Douglas County Health Department investigates all communicable disease reports, then takes action to prevent their spread. It starts before that by promoting disease prevention through education and vaccination.

The passionate pursuit of health equity is done with the realization that human potential unfilled is everyone’s human potential lost. No one’s health is safe until everyone’s health is safe. In that quest, the Douglas County Health Department also promotes environmental safety.

The Douglas County Health Department is prepared to address the reality of social determinants of health, knowing a person’s zip code is as important to their well-being as their genetic code. Access to good food, safe-affordable housing, exercise, and health care are fundamental.

We inspect pools to set a level of safety and we promote healthy life choices. DCHD works with food retailers to build their businesses around good nutrition. Through this, we strive to reduce chronic illness and build the local economy.

Children’s wellness, before and after birth, is part of the foundation we are building. Once it’s built, we need to make sure it grows into a bright future for everyone.

Promoting and protecting public health – that’s what we do.

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Frequently Asked Questions

WIC Questions

What paperwork or documentation do I need to bring to my certification appointment at the WIC office?

All applicants apply for WIC must show proof of identity, residency and income. Common examples of things that can be used as proof are listed below. If you have any questions regarding the required proofs needed to complete your appointment please call the Administrative Office at 402-444-1770.

Proof of Identity Examples:

Birth Certificate

Valid Photo ID (driver’s license, passport, school ID)

Social Security Card

WIC Enrollment Card

Proof of Residency Examples:

Mail that has been postmarked within the last 30 days

Lease agreement

Online utility bill showing service address

Proof of Income Examples:

Medicaid Card

SNAP/EBT Card

Notice of Action

Paystubs (one month worth)

The main clinics are located:

Midtown WIC - 1941 South 42nd Street #225

Douglas County WIC - 735 North 120th Street

Charles Drew Health Center WIC - 2915 Grant Street

OneWorld Community Health Center WIC - 4920 South 30th Street #103

Who is eligible for the WIC program?

Pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 are eligible. They must meet income guidelines, live in the state of Nebraska, and be individually determined to be at "nutritional risk" by a health professional.

To be eligible on the basis of income, applicants' gross income (i.e. before taxes are withheld) must fall at or below 185 percent of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines. Individuals who receive Aid to Dependent Children (ADC), Food Stamps and/or Medicaid are automatically adjunct income eligible to receive WIC.

 

Income Eligibility Guidelines

(effective 07/01/17 - 06/30/18)

  Annually Monthly Weekly
Family of 1 $22,311 $1,860 $430
Family of 2 30,044 2,504 578
Family of 3 37,777 3,149 727
Family of 4 45,510 3,793 876
Family of 5 53,243 4,437 1,024
Family of 6 60,976 5,082 1,173
Family of 7 68,709 5,726 1,322
Family of 8 76,442 6,371 1,471
For each add'l family member, add + $7,733 + $645 + $149

What is "nutritional risk"?

Two major types of nutritional risk are recognized for WIC eligibility:

  •  Medically-based risks (designated as "high priority") such as anemia, underweight, maternal age, history of pregnancy complications, or poor pregnancy outcomes.
  •  Diet-based risks such as inadequate dietary pattern.
  • Nutritional risk is determined by a health professional such as a physician, nutritionist, or nurse, and is based on Federal guidelines. This health screening is free to program applicants.

What food benefits to WIC participants receive?

Nebraska WIC participants receive vouchers to purchase specific foods each month that are designed to supplement their diets with specific nutrients that benefit WIC’s target population. WIC foods include infant cereal, iron-fortified adult cereal, vitamin C-rich fruit or vegetable juice, eggs, milk, cheese, peanut butter, dried and canned beans/peas, and canned fish. Soy-based beverages, tofu, fruits and vegetables, baby foods, whole-wheat bread, and other whole-grain options were recently added to better meet the nutritional needs of WIC participants.

WIC recognizes and promotes breastfeeding as the optimal source of nutrition for infants. For women who do not fully breastfeed, WIC provides iron-fortified infant formula. Special infant formulas and medical foods may be provided when prescribed by a physician for a specified medical condition.

Where can I use my WIC vouchers?

Food vouchers may be used at any NE WIC approved Grocery store. Medical and special formula vouchers may be used at any NE WIC approved pharmacy.

STD Clinic Questions

 1. What services does your STD Clinic provide?

     We provide:

  • Testing/treatment for syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia
  • Testing/referral for HIV: for information on walk-in HIV testing only, please call 402-444-7750
  • Testing for trichomonos (Females Only)

       Walk-ins are welcome. Payment is on a sliding fee scale?
       Monday: 10:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
       Tuesday: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
       Wednesday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
       Saturday: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
       Clinic is on the main floor, 1111 South 41st Street
       Call: 402-444-7112

Free screening/treatment for those who are 24 years of age and younger.

$15.00 for those who are 25 years and older

Do you have my immunization records?

No. The best place to locate those records is through your regular health care provider.

Do we give immunizations?

Immunization services are available to individuals 18 years old and younger who are uninsured, underinsured, Medicaid eligible, or are Native American or Alaska Native. Those 19 years of age and older may qualify for adult vaccines if they are uninsured or underinsured. Call 402-444-6163 for more information.

Where do I go to get SNAP or food stamps?

Call Access Nebraska for Economic Assistance

Toll Free: (800) 383-4278
Lincoln: (402) 323-3900
Omaha: (402) 595-1258

With Food and Drink:

  1. What are the codes for sanitary conditions (What do food prep people have to wear (gloves, hairnets, etc), how to clean a business when someone has become very sick from there (bleach, etc), food code)
  2. How to tell if someone's really gotten food poisoning from an establishment (how long it usually takes for a person’s digestive system to react) - We've had people who are unhappy with a restaurant’s service and call in complaints about 'food poisoning' when it really wasn't)
  3. How to file a complaint or where.
  4. What type of establishments we inspect and license? (Grocery stores, convenience stores, restaurants, bars, daycares, retirement homes, etc - I don't know about all of these but we get calls about them)

What do I do if I think I have bed bugs?


The bed bug is considered a nuisance pest which means there is no substantial evidence of disease transmission to humans through bites. If you think you have an insect infestation, the Health Department can look into it and confirm the nature of the problem. The Health Department does not provide an extermination service, and you will need to contact your landlord if you rent or a private pest exterminator to address the situation as a homeowner.

What does the Health Department do about rodents?


The Health Department will investigate indoor and outdoor mice/rat infestation complaints. Investigators look for points of entry and provide education on controlling the population along with communicating with property landlords on a necessary pest management plan solution to the issue.  Call (402) 444-7481 for more information.

What should I do if I think I have a mold problem?


The Health Department does not perform mold testing.  Seek out an environmental testing company to test suspected mold.  The Health Department can provide information on mold with techniques for removal and how to handle landlord mold related issues. Call 402-444-7496.

For more information on mold:
https://www.epa.gov/mold
Or  
https://www.cdc.gov/mold/default.htm

Does the Health Department provide Well Water Testing?


DCHD no longer does that. You can contact the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services at 402-471-3121 or seek testing from a local lab.

What should I do if I have a bat in my home?


If you have a bat in your home, try to keep it from escaping and call the Nebraska Humane Society at (402) 444- 7800, Ext. 1. If you have concerns about a possible exposure, call your health care provider.

For more information on rabies:
http://www.ksvdl.org/rabies-laboratory/

Contact Us

For information about Birth or Death Certificates please call (402) 444-7205

Report Communicable Diseases to:
402-444-7214 (8:00 AM-4:30 PM Monday-Friday) 

For Emergencies or After Hours:
402-444-7000 (After Hours and on Weekends and Holidays)

Administration
Adi M. Pour, Ph. D 402-444-7471 Health Director
Sunday Uribe 402-444-7471 Executive Secretary
Community Health, Nutrition, & Clinical Services
Kerry Kernen 402-444-1773 Division Chief
Heather Blazicevich 402-444-4639 Division Secretary
Divonica Kight 402-444-3588 Supervisor Public Health Clinic
Stephen Jackson 402-444-7227 Supervisor Health Promotion
Sarah Hortman 402-444-1771 Supervisor Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
Epidemiology & Preparedness
Carol Allensworth 402-444-7213 Division Chief
Tina Curry 402-444-7213 Division Secretary
Leah Casanave 402-444-7515 Supervisor STD Control
Richard Schultz 402-546-0847 Supervisor Vital Statistics and Health Data
Justin Frederick 402-444-7214 Supervisor of Communicable Disease Epidemiology
Environmental Health
Larry Figgs Ph.D 402-444-7490 Division Chief
Heather Blazicevich 402-444-4639 Division Secretary
Russ Hadan 402-444-7489 Supervisor Sanitary Control and Air Quality Lab
Joseph Gaube 402-444-7488 Supervisor Food & Drink
Administration & Finance
Tim Kelso 402-444-7216 Division Chief