Coronavirus Disease 2019 Cases Increasing in U.S.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 Cases Increasing in U.S.
Peg Butler, School Nurse
Thursday, March 05, 2020

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Cases Increasing in U.S.

Tools and Resources to Help Plan for its Arrival Here

Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and its public health partners continue to closely track the unfolding outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and anticipate its impact on Nebraska and its health care systems.

More cases have been reported in several U.S. states. The recent instances of potential person-to-person spread in certain states along with coronavirus disease-related deaths in our country is concerning. Illnesses have ranged from mild to severe. Recent data shows older adults and people with underlying health conditions are more likely to be severely impacted by coronavirus disease 2019.

Even though there have been no cases of COVID-19 identified in Nebraska residents, we continue to urge Nebraskans to prepare for the arrival of COVID-19 here.

First, Nebraskans can help protect themselves from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections by:

• Staying home if you are sick and avoiding close contact with those who are sick.
• Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Our school will be guided by our local health department and the CDC should the need arise.