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 Information Line for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) : 402-444-3400

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There is an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new type of coronavirus, called COVID-19, first identified in Wuhan, China. The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) is working closely with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NE DHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to closely monitor the situation. 

Here are some of the things DCHD has been doing in response to this outbreak

- Getting regular updates about the latest information about the virus from the CDC
- Implementing aggressive containment measures such as active monitoring of travelers
- Providing guidance to health care providers and facilities on infection control and testing for the virus
- Working on plans to respond if someone with exposure to the virus becomes ill
- Is ready to do disease and contact investigations
- Communicating with local educational institutions and groups

 

CDC Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations (March 6, 2020) 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html?deliveryName=USCDC_2067-DM21539

 

COVID-19 Community Resources Page

Your one-stop shop for flyers and information for yourself, business and community.  All files are PDF format, Letter-size (8.5" x 11") unless otherwise stated.
Please download and share the information as needed.

 

Potential Community Exposure Sites

If you have been potentially exposed to COVID-19 at one of the locations listed on our Potential Community Exposure Sites page, on the defined day and time, please follow the recommendations below.

 *  Monitor yourself for the onset of fever and/or respiratory symptoms for 14 days following your exposure.
 *  If you develop symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider and inform them of your exposure and symptoms for further direction.

 

Information for Travelers

Countries with community transmission of COVID-19 (list updated February 27, 2020): China, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand

If you have returned from any of these countries affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in the last 14 days, it is recommended that you be aware of symptoms to watch for and be actively monitored by public health for the onset of symptoms related to COVID-19. For further guidance CLICK HERE to complete a short survey or call the Douglas County Health Department at 402.444.7214.

If you have returned from any of these countries in the last 14 days and have symptoms possibly related to COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have been to China in the last 14 days. This will help the healthcare provider take steps to keep other people from being exposed. Put on a facemask before entering the facility.

CDC Communication Resources for Travelers (March 19, 2020) 

CDC - COVID-19 and Cruise Ship Travel (March 17, 2020)  

Travelers Returning from Cruise Ship and River Cruise Voyages (March 21, 2020)

 

Information for Individuals

CDC People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19  (March 20, 2020) 

CDC Information on COVID-19 and Pregnant Women and Children (February 24, 2020) 

CDC Guidance for Retirement Communities and Independent Living  (March 20, 2020)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

Key Facts - Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumors (March 12, 2020)

 

Information for Schools

CDC Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (March 19, 2020) 

CDC Guidance for Institutes of Higher Education (March 21, 2020)  

Frequently asked Questions about COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

Questions about COVID-19 in Children: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/children-faq.html

Children and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Tips to keep children healthy while school's out (March 21, 2020)

Planning for pandemic influenza can easily be adapted for COVID-19

CDC Get Your School Ready for Pandemic Flu (April 2017): https://www.cdc.gov/nonpharmaceutical-interventions/pdf/gr-pan-flu-ed-set.pdf

 

Information for Businesses

CDC Web Page: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) (Updated March 22,2020)

From CDC Business Information Page: 

Perform routine environmental cleaning:

     - Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, counter-tops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label. 

     - No additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time. 

     - Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks, etc) can be wiped down by employees before each use. 

Coronavirus Preparedness: Tips and Resources for Managers and Employees (Recommendations from USI Risk Services), March 2020 

 

Information for Community-Based and Faith-Based Organizations and Assistance Agencies

Get Your Community- and Faith-Based Organizations Ready for Pandemic Flu - April 2017  (CDC)

Printable Flyer (pdf): COVID-19 - Stop the Spread of Germs   English  Spanish  Simplified Chinese

Preparing individuals and communities: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/preparing-individuals-communities.html

Frequently asked Questions about COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

Questions about COVID-19 in Children: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/children-faq.html

COVID-19 in Pregnant Women: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/pregnancy-faq.html

 

Information for Healthcare Providers

Checklist - to be prepared to evaluate patients for COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/hcp-preparedness-checklist.pdf

Specimen collection and testing: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/lab/guidelines-clinical-specimens.html

Infection Control:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/infection-control.html

NETEC: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Guidance on Donning and Doffing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?y=08XRYOE6CAw&feature=youtu.be

Home care of people not requiring hospitalization (confirmed or being evaluated for COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-home-care.html

Information for well travelers from China about COVID-19 - what they should do/watch for: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-china.html

 

Information for Law Enforcement

Strategies to Reduce Your Risk of Getting Sick and Ways to Protect Your Family (March 22, 2020)

Staying Healthy as a Police Officer (March, 2020)  

Information for Hospitals

Checklist - hospital preparedness checklist: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/hcp-hospital-checklist.html

Infection Control:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/infection-control.html

NETEC: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Guidance on Donning and Doffing:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08XRYOE6CAw&feature=youtu.be

 

Health Alert Messages

Nebraska DHHS Advisory: Recommendations to Returning Out-of-State Travelers (March 23, 2020) 

Nebraska DHHS Advisory: Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Nebraska Dental Health Community (March 23, 2020) 

Nebraska DHHS Update: COVID-19 Updated Recommendations (March 19, 2020) 

Nebraska DHHS Update: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak (March 3, 2020)

CDC HAN 428: Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2020/han00428.asp (February 28, 2020)

Nebraska DHHS Advisory: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak (February 25, 2020)      - includes new countries, testing, and infection control guidance

CDC HAN 427: Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)  (February 1, 2020)

Nebraska DHHS: 2019 Novel Coronavirus: Update (January 30, 2020)

Nebraska DHHS: Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (January 23, 2020)