COVID-19 Case Updates
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Dashboard
15,752 positive tests — 106,940 negative tests — 188 deaths
|Leading Counties (Cities)||Hospital Beds|
|Douglas (Omaha)||5,092||Staffed Beds||3,873|
|Dakota (South Sioux City)||1,715||Percent of Beds Available||45%|
|Hall (Grand Island)||1,546||Percent of ICU Available||48%|
|Lancaster (Lincoln)||1,363||Percent of Vents Available||78%|
|Dawson (Lexington)||843||20 counties report no cases
21 counties have only 1 case
210 Active Hospitalizations
830 Cumulative Hospitalizations
6,161 Known Recoveries
Source: DHHS Dashboard
|Sarpy (Bellevue, Papillion)||787|
|Madison (Norfolk, Madison)||325|
United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
1,938,823 cases — 110,375 deaths
6,931,000 cases — 400,857 deaths
7,172,874 cases — 408,244 deaths
State of Nebraska Updates
NEW The state has announced it will begin phasing in test scheduling for all Nebraska residents, including those who previously completed the online assessment, but did not qualify to complete the test.
“We want to ensure every Nebraskan knows that if they are concerned they may have been exposed, they can have the opportunity to schedule a test,” said Director of Public Health and Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Gary Anthone. “The best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is through aggressive testing and contact tracing and we continue to expand our capabilities across the state.”
Testing candidates who may have previously tested negative, but are now presenting new symptoms that could result in a positive test are encouraged to complete an updated assessment at TestNebraska.com or TestNebraska/es for Spanish to determine whether they should be seen for testing.
The list of locations, dates and times are listed below:
|June 8 – 13||8 a.m. to 6 p.m.||Omaha||CHI Event Center, 455 N. 10th St., Omaha|
|June 8 – 9||8 a.m. to noon||Grand Island||Fieldhouse at Fonner Park, 700 E. Stolley Park Rd., Grand Island|
|June 8 – 9||8 a.m. to 6 p.m.||Lincoln||Lancaster Event Center, 4100 N. 84th St., Lincoln|
|June 10||8 a.m. to noon||McCook||Red Willow Fairgrounds, W. Fifth St., McCook|
|June 10||8 a.m. to noon||Hastings||Adams County Fairgrounds, 947 S. Baltimore Ave., Hastings|
|June 10 – 11||8 a.m. to noon||Crete||Crete Public Works Bldg., 320 W. Ninth St., Crete|
|June 10 – 11||8 a.m. to noon||Nebraska City||1902 Fourth Corso, Nebraska City|
|June 11||8 a.m. to noon||Imperial||1215 Grant St., Imperial|
|June 12||8 a.m. to noon||Ogallala||1501 W. Fifth St., Ogallala|
|June 12||8 a.m. to noon||Seward||Seward County Fairgrounds, 500 N. 14th St., Seward|
|June 12 – 13||8 a.m. to noon||Dakota City||Dakota City Fire Hall, 208 S. 21st St., Dakota City|
|June 12 – 13||8 a.m. to noon||Springfield||Sarpy County Fairgrounds, 100 Main St., Springfield|
|June 13 – 14||8 a.m. to noon||Lexington||801 W. Vine St., Lexington|
|June 13 – 14||8 a.m. to noon||North Platte||North Platte Bus Facility, 1200 Industrial Ave., North Platte|
|June 14||8 a.m. to noon||West Point||Cuming County Fairground, W. Washington St., West Point|
Any citizen showing signs of COVID-19 (high fever, coughing and shortness of breath), or who has already tested positive should remain home and self-quarantine for a minimum of 10 days since the onset of symptoms. The person should also remain fever free for 72 hours without medication before coming out of quarantine. Anyone experiencing emergency warning signs such as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in chest, confusion, inability to wake or stay awake and bluish lips, should seek medical attention immediately / call 911.
TestNebraska is an initiative developed in partnership with state leaders and private corporations. The goal is to dramatically increase the rate of COVID-19 testing so that every Nebraskan who needs a test can get a test. Widespread testing is a proven, effective way to combat the spread of COVID-19 and provides the crucial data needed to track the spread of the virus, contain it and understand patterns to inform decision-making and save lives. DHHS is providing communication support to the TestNebraska initiative.
Find tools and resources for individuals and families, schools, communities, businesses, healthcare facilities, and first responders on the DHHS website – http://dhhs.ne.gov/coronavirus and CDC’s website – https://www.cdc.gov/covid19.
DHHS opened a statewide COVID-19 information line to help answer general questions and share the latest information and resources with Nebraskans to help keep them informed. The number is (402) 552-6645 or toll-free at (833) 998-2275; hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CDT, 7 days a week.
DHHS will continue to update Nebraskans through the DHHS website and on Facebook and Twitter as we have new information. The CDC’s website is also a good resource for COVID-19 information – https://www.cdc.gov/covid19.
Nebraska Attorney General’s Office
Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NCDHH) https://ncdhh.nebraska.gov/
Nebraska Department of Corrections https://corrections.nebraska.gov/ndcs-coronavirus-health-update.
Nebraska Department of Economic Development https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/nded-covid19/
Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy http://deq.ne.gov/NDEQProg.nsf/onWeb/COVID
Nebraska Department of Insurance https://doi.nebraska.gov/coronavirus-covid-19-information.
Nebraska Department of Labor NEworks.nebraska.gov and dol.nebraska.gov
NEW Both new and continued unemployment claims declined last week.
There were 5,084 new regular unemployment insurance claims filed during the week ending May 30, 2020. This is a decrease of 12.19 percent from the previous week, when 5,790 initial claims were filed. The highest number of new claims filed during the pandemic was 26,539 claims during the week ending April 4. There were 1,079 new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims filed last week compared to 1,229 the prior week, a decrease of 12.2 percent.
Initial claims are filed by individuals to request a determination of eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits. NDOL processes initial unemployment insurance claims and, if an individual meets eligibility criteria, benefits are paid for each week of continued unemployment. Weekly certifications are required in order to claim continued weeks of unemployment and receive payment.
The highest counts of initial claims were in health care and social assistance (455), which decreased 23 percent from the prior week (592). Most industries had declines in initial claims from the prior week. Increases were seen in management of companies and enterprises (162 percent), finance and insurance (11 percent), real estate and rental and leasing (9 percent) and educational services (4 percent).
Continued Unemployment Claims
There were 57,397 continued weeks of regular unemployment claimed last week. This is a decrease from the prior week (59,528), a difference of 2,131 or 3.6 percent. Continued weeks refer to the individual weeks of unemployment claimed after a person applies for benefits. Before the coronavirus pandemic, the highest number of continued weeks was in the second week of 2010 when there were 26,075 continued weeks claimed. There were 17,299 continued weeks of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claimed last week compared to 20,348 the week prior, a decrease of 14.98 percent.
The majority of the top 20 occupations with the largest amount of claimed weeks saw a decline in claims. Since May 9, the occupations with the largest percentage drop in weeks claimed are dental assistants (down 51 percent), dental hygienists ( down 50 percent) and hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists (down 39 percent).”
Total benefits paid last week were nearly $64.2 million, including regular benefits, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payments and payments under the additional 13 weeks of benefits available through the CARES Act (Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation). Last week also saw 5,926 new individuals receive benefit payments.
The chart shows new individuals paid over time. Increases can be seen with the start of payments for COVID-19 claims, the implementation of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), and the Governor’s April 30 Executive Order. Regular and PUA benefits paid each week can be found here.
Of the regular unemployment claims paid since March 1, 85 percent were paid within 28 days; 75 percent were paid within 21 days. There are currently around 8,637claims yet to be processed.
Filing A Claim
Any worker in a non-paid status due to COVID-19 may file a claim for unemployment insurance benefits. Unemployment claims in Nebraska are filed online at NEworks.nebraska.gov. The NEworks mobile app is available to download free.
An additional 13 weeks of benefits are available under the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program (PEUC). This federal benefit is for workers who have exhausted regular benefits after July 1, 2019. To apply for this benefit, reopen your claim and continue to file weekly claims at NEworks.nebraska.gov. The earliest week that can be claimed is the week ending April 4.
Previous NDOL press releases are online at dol.nebraska.gov/PressRelease
Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles DMV news releases
Gov. Ricketts’ executive order 20-05 extends the expiration date of all valid driver’s licenses, CDLs, state IDs, titles, and registrations due to expire on or after March 1. All credentials will remain valid until 30 days after the order has been lifted.
Nebraska Department of Natural Resources https://dnr.nebraska.gov/.
To support National Flood Insurance Program policyholders amid the COVID-19 pandemic, FEMA is extending its 30-day grace period for policy renewals up to 120 days. This is effective for National Flood Insurance Program policies with an expiration date between February 13 – June 15, 2020. Visit the FEMA website https://nfipservices.floodsmart.gov/ FEMA also has some guidance on flood insurance claims during this time. It allows for the claims to be adjusted remotely without an adjustor visiting the property. Please call for more information, 402-471-2363.
Nebraska Department of Revenue https://revenue.nebraska.gov/
During the COVID-19 pandemic, as the Nebraska Department of Revenue provides guidance, direction, or pertinent public information such items may be found here. The most current information will be posted to the department’s website under “Featured Information”. Taxpayer Assistance is also available online and by phone, and contact information may be found here.
The Nebraska Lottery mobile app has been updated with a Ticket Scanner feature. Players can check their Scratch and Lotto tickets for prizes and save a trip to a retailer. Visit nelottery.com/mobileapp for more information. Nebraska Lottery players with prizes up to $19,999 are encouraged to claim by mail. Instructions for claiming prizes by mail can be found at https://nelottery.com/homeapp/article/4220/display .
Nebraska Department of Transportation
NEW NDOT Announces Third Straight Month of Below Average Traffic Volumes on State Highways – the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) announced statewide traffic volumes were down 13 percent between May 31 and June 6. This marks 12 weeks of passenger vehicle traffic volumes being significantly below average compared with the 2016-18 average. NDOT has been tracking six categories of traffic data to gage the impact COVID-19 on statewide traffic volumes.
The Traffic Count Dashboard will be updated weekly and can be viewed using the following link: https://gis.ne.gov/portal/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/4473552a18f34645ad0dede3ae1105ce
Percent Difference in Weekly Traffic Volume
Compared with 2016-18 Average
|Rural Highways||I-80 West of Lincoln||Omaha Streets and Highways||Lincoln Streets and Highways||I-80 Lincoln to Iowa,
I-180, I-680, I-480
|Remaining Small Urban Streets and Highways||Statewide Total|
|March 29-April 4||-22||-28||-33||-30||-40||-28||-28|
|April 26-May 2||-13||-22||-25||-24||-33||-26||-21|
|May 31-June 6||-7||-14||-17||-15||-23||-12||-13|
The column descriptions are as follows:
- Rural Highway are all non-interstate roads in areas under 5,000 population.
- Omaha Streets and Highways include all non-interstate roads in Douglas and Sarpy counties.
- Lincoln Streets and Highways include all non-interstate roads in Lancaster County.
- Remaining Small Urban Streets and Highways are all roads in cities with over 5,000 population outside of Douglas, Sarpy, and Lancaster counties. (This includes I-129).
- Statewide Total is a weighted average of all categories.
The NDOT maintains a system of 67 continuous traffic counters statewide. These are often called automatic traffic recorders (ATRs). These counters collect traffic volume and classification data 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Data is then relayed to NDOT twice per week.
For more information/data about ATRs and links to the Annual ATR and March 2020 reports:
Nebraska Emergency Management Agency https://nema.nebraska.gov/news
The State Emergency Operations Center at NEMA will continue its virtual activation in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
NEW The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will begin restoring limited overnight lodging in park cabins June 18 while continuing to protect the public and staff from the spread of COVID-19. Starting June 18 and continuing until further notice, any cabins not presently reserved will be available for rental for Thursday, Friday or Saturday night stays, with Sunday checkouts. Any new reservations will be subject to availability, and a minimum two-night stay will be required for new reservations. Read more at http://magazine.outdoornebraska.gov/2020/06/game-and-parks-to-restore-limited-overnight-lodging-in-park-cabins-june-18/
Nebraska Military Department
NEW The Nebraska National Guard has 322 Airmen and Soldiers currently on duty for COVID-19 response efforts. A total of 642 have served in state response efforts to date, providing mobile testing, distributing personal protected equipment (PPE) and assisting food banks.
An additional 604 National Guardsmen assisted the Nebraska State Patrol, Omaha Police and Lincoln Police from May 31 to June 9 to ensure the safety of peaceful demonstrators and protect residents and property after curfews were put in place by Lincoln and Omaha mayors. All military and first responders are encouraged to get a free test for COVID-19 through the TestNebraska.com process.
The Nebraska National Guard will be updating this album with photos throughout the COVID-19 response.
Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office
To obtain a PDF copy of the Nebraska State Fire Marshal Office’s electronic burn permit, contact Assistant State Fire Marshal Doug Hohbein by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The issuance and use of electronic burn permits will terminate 30 days after the COVID-19 declared State of Emergency has been withdrawn.
Nebraska State Patrol
Nebraska State Troopers continue to assist the state’s COVID-19 response by providing on-site security at several testing locations throughout the state Troopers have also taken on the task of transporting test samples collected at various testing locations to the state testing lob at St. Elizabeth’s Regional Medical Center as part of the Test Nebraska initiative. Troopers and Investigators also remain focused on the mission of keeping Nebraska safe. If anyone needs assistance on the road or sees an impaired or dangerous driver, they can call *55 or 800-525-5555 to reach the NSP Highway Helpline.
Office of the Chief Information Officer https://cio.nebraska.gov/news/pressreleases/index.html
Public Service Commission
State Treasurer’s Office https://treasurer.nebraska.gov/ 402-471-8497 or 877-572-9688
State Partner Updates
American Red Cross Sign up to donate plasma RedCrossBlood.org/plasma4covid.
Nebraska Food Security Task Force — To donate visit:
Food Bank for the Heartland https://donate.foodbankheartland.org
Food Bank of Lincoln https://www.lincolnfoodbank.org/donate/.
Nebraska Impact and its COVID-19 Relief Fund is raising funds to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in Nebraska. To donate, visit https://neimpact.org/.
Natural Resources Districts (NRDs):
NRD recreation areas across Nebraska are open, but may have closures and limitations on facilities. Call the local NRD to ask about camping, bathrooms, water access, etc. Find a list of NRD recreation areas at www.nrdnet.org/recreation.
- Nebraska Family Helpline: 1-888-866-8660
- Rural Response Hotline (for Farmers and Ranchers): 1-888-464-0258
University of Nebraska Medical Center | Nebraska Medicine https://www.unmc.edu/coronavirus/media.html
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Guidance on daily life and coping
Federal Bureau of Prisons https://www.bop.gov/coronavirus/index.jsp
Internal Revenue Service https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus-tax-relief-and-economic-impact-payments
National Institutes of Health https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)/Center for Disease Control https://faq.coronavirus.gov/
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Coronavirus Veteran FAQ
U.S. Small Business Administration www.SBA.gov/Coronavirus