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

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 If you have returned from mainland China affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in the last 14 days, it is recommended that you self-isolate, practice social distancing, 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 mainland China 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.

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
- 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


Important links for the most up-to-date information.

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


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 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


Information for Businesses

DCHD Memo: Information for Businesses  (February 10, 2020)

CDC Web Page: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), February 2020


Health Alert Messages

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)