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For immediate release
March 19, 2020
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Steps to take now as COVID-19 cases are getting closer and closer to the Panhandle
We currently have not had any positive COVID-19 tests in the Panhandle. As positive cases are getting closer and closer to the Panhandle, we need to take an additional step in our efforts to flatten the curve. When there is a positive test, the individual and their provider will be notified, and there will be a news release.
A public health investigator will interview the person to find who they have been close to and where they have been for the past 14 days. We will call anyone they have had direct contact with and recommend they self-quarantine.
If needed, we will report any possible public locations in a news release and on our website. Persons would be asked to self-quarantine if they were at the public locations. This is done so potentially exposed people can self-quarantine to reduce spread.
Follow these steps to flatten the curve:
To limit spread in Nebraska, all travelers should self-quarantine for 14 days upon returning home and immediately report any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection to their health care provider. This means that if they traveled out of the Panhandle, they would be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days upon returning to the Panhandle with these exceptions:
Panhandle Public Health District will keep you posted in this quickly changing environment. We continue to monitor the unfolding COVID-19 epidemic to anticipate its impact on the Panhandle. We are working as a unified command with Region 21, 22, and 23 Emergency Managers, and Scotts Bluff County Health Department on this evolving situation. We will continue to communicate important updates to the public and our partners. The CDC is putting out updated guidance daily; for the most up to date information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. To learn more about COVID-19, go to https://www.cdc.gov/covid19.
Panhandle Public Health District is working together to improve the health, safety, and quality of life for all who live, learn, work and play in the Panhandle. Our vision is that we are a healthier and safer Panhandle Community. Visit our website www.pphd.org.
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ALLIANCE PUBLIC SCHOOLS INFORMATIONAL
IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 3/15/20
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After consultation with COVID-19 Unified Command, it has been determined that Alliance Public Schools along with all other schools in the Nebraska Panhandle will be closed for the next two weeks. This decision will be re-evaluated on Friday, March 27, 2020, with parents and families updated accordingly and extended as needed. This is a precautionary measure; there are currently no cases in the Panhandle. The State of Nebraska has elevated the risk assessment, and Nebraskans, in general, maybe at the same risk as travelers from other areas in the nation and other parts of the world. School Superintendents met with Unified Command tonight and agreed this action would help prevent exposure to our area to flatten the curve and decrease the spread of disease.