Burwell, NE – Loup Basin Public Health Department (LBPHD) in coordination with the Nebraska National
Guard and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will be offering COVID-19
drive through testing in Custer County on Thursday, May 21 and Friday, May 22.
The first hour of testing will be reserved testing and public testing will run from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. or until 250 tests are fulfilled. Public testing will be on a first-come-first-serve basis. The testing will be held at Tomahawk Park Building (1620 South B Street, Broken Bow, NE). Those wishing to participate should fill out this survey (English: https://is.gd/covidtest / Spanish: https://is.gd/covidtestesp) prior to arriving at the test
It is encouraged that those being tested wear a mask to the event and stay in their vehicle. Testing results are anticipated 3-4 days after collection.
Loup Basin Public Health Department has prioritized healthcare workers and other essential personnel
for the reserved time slots. Those in the general public who are exhibiting symptoms (fever, cough, chills, muscle aches, sore throat, congestion, vomiting, or diarrhea), have been exposed to a known COVID-19 positive person or anyone who feels they are at risk are encouraged to participate.
Research suggests that 25-50% of people with COVID-19 are unaware they have the virus (asymptomatic).
LBPHD encourages anyone who can be tested do so to identify those asymptomatic carriers and help slow the spread to our vulnerable populations and decrease the burden on our healthcare systems.
As of May 19, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. LBPHD has reported 77 positive cases and 1009 negative tests. Loup
Basin Public Health Department serves nine counties including Blaine, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Howard,
Loup, Sherman, Valley and Wheeler.