Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Disease, or COVID-19, is a respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The Health Department is committed to ensuring our residents and healthcare professionals have access to the most up-to-date information to ensure the health and safety of themselves, their patients, and our community.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring this outbreak and publishes the most accurate and timely COVID-19 information.  Please visit the CDC's website for more information.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats.  Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people. Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

 

COVID-19 Positive Case Count by Day the Health Department was Notified; Sarpy and Cass County

View historic Case Count by Day information here.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Aug 29
29 Cases
Aug 30
135 Cases
Aug 31
84 Cases
Sep 1
130 Cases
Sep 2
123 Cases
Sep 3
91 Cases
Sep 4
58 Cases
Sep 5
30 Cases
Sep 6
32 Cases
Sep 7
136 Cases
Sep 8
77 Cases
Sep 9
86 Cases
Sep 10
91 Cases
Sep 11
54 Cases
Sep 12
23 Cases
Sep 13
111 Cases
Sep 14
91 Cases
Sep 15
98 Cases
Sep 16
83 Cases
Sep 17
74 Cases
Sep 18
44 Cases
Sep 19
31 Cases
Sep 20
99 Cases
Sep 21
53 Cases
Sep 22
59 Cases
Sep 23
87 Cases
Sep 24 Sep 25

COVID-19 Testing Locations

  • OneWorld Community Health Center, 4920 South 30th Street, Omaha, NE.  Testing is for OneWorld patients with symptoms.  Call 402-734-4110 for an appointment.
  • Charles Drew Health Centers, 2915 Grant Street and 5319 N 30th Street, Omaha, NE.  Call 402-451-3553 for an appointment.
  • CVS Minute Clinics.  Visit https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing to schedule an appointment.  Locations include 14460 West Maple Road, 4840 Dodge Street, and 6901 S 84th Street.
  • Nebraska Medicine at 402-559-0041
  • Nebraska Methodist Health System at 402-354-4800
  • Hy-Vee pharmacies on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings.  Visit https://www.doineedacovid19test.com/ to register for a test voucher and appointment time.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination

The Sarpy/Cass Health Department is collaborating with State and local partners to equitably distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in a way that provides the most protection for Nebraskans as quickly as possible.  Please visit the COVID-19 Vaccine webpage for more information.

 

COVID-19 Symptoms or Tested Positive for COVID-19?

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19, the following information may assist you in slowing the spread of the virus.

COVID-19 Positive: How to Isolate

COVID-19 Positive: How to Notify Your Close Contacts

COVID-19 Exposed and Not Vaccinated: How to Quarantine

COVID-19: How to Wear a Mask

COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Calculator: How Long Should I Quarantine or Isolate?

 

Travel

International Travel Health Notices: CDC recommendations for postponing or canceling travel to international countries affected by COVID-19.

 

Help if you are Visually Impaired

It can be overwhelming to find the resources you need during this challenging time, especially if you have poor or no vision. If you can’t see or can’t see very well, call Outlook Enrichment’s COVID-19 Help Line at 531-365-5059 for assistance from people who understand vision challenges and want to help. This line is staffed 8 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Messages received outside of these times will be answered within 24 hours. These resources can also be found at outlookne.org/covidhelp.

 

Mental Health Considerations During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Manage Anxiety and Stress

Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak 

 

Nebraska-Specific Information

Nebraska-specific COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Interactive Map

Nebraska Media Release Archives

COVID-19 Disaster Relief Hotline: 1-844-268-5627

 

Nebraska Resources

Food Drop Program Cass County

Food Banks

 

COVID-19 Federal Updates

Jeff Fortenberry - First Congressional District of Nebraska

Don Bacon - Second Congressional District of Nebraska

 

Information for the Public

Quarantine Timeline

Homemade cloth face masks

Quarantine Instructions

COVID-19 information for the public

COVID-19 and You Factsheet

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Coronavirus and Pregnancy

Questions about Respirators and their Use

Nonpharmaceutical Interventions
 

Information for Healthcare Professionals

COVID-19 information for healthcare professionals

Nebraska Dental Association Recommended Office Opening Protocols

Strategies to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Long Term Care Facilities

 

I am a medical provider interested in carrying COVID-19 vaccine in my clinic. What is the process?

Review the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program provider requirements. If you are able to comply with the requirements, contact [email protected] to begin the enrollment process. Also contact Marianne Toledo to discuss the vaccine redistribution process.

 

Testing Resources

General guidance and testing information for Nebraskans

Healthcare providers and clinics and facilities testing information

 

Information for Businesses

Guidelines for the Conduct of Faith-Based Services - 4-30-20

Guidelines for Restaurant In-Room Dining Reopening - 4-28-20

Guía de Reapertura de Restaurantes Tipo Comedor​ - 4-29-2020

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19

 

Information for Schools

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

Nebraska Department of Education Coronavirus Resources for Schools

 

Sarpy/Cass Health Department COVID-19 Risk Dial (Retired July 1, 2021)

The Sarpy/Cass Health Department COVID-19 Risk Dial was established in the summer of 2020 (and retired on July 1, 2021) to give an overview of the current risk and severity of COVID-19 in Sarpy and Cass Counties. The guidance for each category was based on federal and state guidance published by public health experts.  This guidance did not replace any federal, state, or local directed health measure. This tool was developed by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and modified for use by the Sarpy/Cass Health Department. 

The Sarpy/Cass Health Department COVID-19 Risk Dial was comprised of the following measures: 

  • Weekly COVID-19 positivity rate in Sarpy and Cass Counties (using the person/person rate of # of new people with positive tests divided by the # of new people with positive test results + the # of new people with negative test results) (three-week average)
  • Number of new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people (three-week average)
  • Percent of ICU beds available in the Omaha Metro area hospitals (three-week average)
  • Percent of critical medical equipment available in the Omaha Metro area hospitals (three-week average)
  • Percent of eligible population fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (current percent)
  • Percent of positive COVID-19 residents contacted for an investigation within 48 hours of the positive test result (three-week average)

All six factors were averaged together to determine the overall risk category.