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The latest press releases issued by Two Rivers Public Health Department.


 

TRPHD’s COVID-19 Daily Case Update
Kearney- Two Rivers Public Health Department is reporting current daily numbers, clarifying total case numbers for the YRTC test results, and introducing a new joint campaign with Governor Ricketts. The district currently has 39 total cases. New cases include:
• A Dawson County female in her 30s
• A Dawson County male in his 50s
• A Buffalo County female 30s
• A Buffalo County male 30s
• A Buffalo County female in her 30s

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts proclaimed April 10-30, 2020 as “21 Days to Stay Home and Stay Healthy in Nebraska” during his daily press briefing on the State’s response to the ongoing pandemic. Infectious disease experts project that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will be at or near its peak in Nebraska by the end of April. For the next three weeks, the Governor is urging Nebraskans to avoid non-essential errands and to limit social gatherings in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus.

Two Rivers Public Health Department is reporting seven new cases of COVID-19, bringing the district total to 34. TRPHD is completing further investigation into these cases. Buffalo County: six cases (four at YRTC) and two others. One Kearney County case. All cases outside are isolating at this time.

Two Rivers Public Health Department is reporting one new case of COVID-19, bringing the total district case number to 27. This individuals is a male in his 20s who is isolating at home in Buffalo County. TRPHD is completing further investigation into this case.
Two Rivers Public Health Department, in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services the Nebraska Public Health Laboratory, and the Nebraska Guard, provided testing for healthcare workers, EMS, and law enforcement in Buffalo County. CHI Good Samaritan Hospital and Kearney Regional Medical Center provided supportive services to the Nebraska Guard during sample collection. Jeremy Eschliman Health Director of Two Rivers Public Health Department stated, “Because of the tremendous efforts of our partners at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, local health systems, and law enforcement, we are gaining a better understanding of the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We believe that this understanding will improve the health and safety of all.”

Our current case count is 26.

Two Rivers Public Health Department, in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services the Nebraska Public Health Laboratory, and the Nebraska Guard, provided testing for individuals at the Youth Residential Treatment Center in Kearney as well as individuals with close contact with the facility. CHI Good Samaritan Hospital and Kearney Regional Medical Center provided supportive services to the Nebraska Guard during sample collection. Jeremy Eschliman Health Director of Two Rivers Public Health Department stated, “We are tremendously blessed to have partnerships with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, local law enforcement, and health system partners, in order for the successful deployment of an event like this, working aggressively to protect our citizens’ health.”

Two Rivers Public Health Department is reporting five new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total district case number to 23. All individuals are isolating at home, with the exception of the Buffalo County male in his 60s who is hospitalized. The individuals are as follows:
• A female resident of Phelps County in her 30s
• A male resident of Kearney County in his 20s
• Three residents of Buffalo County
o A male in his 40s
o A male in his 60s
o A female in her 20s

Two Rivers Public Health Department, in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Nebraska Guard, provided testing for individuals at the Youth Residential Treatment Center in Kearney as well as individuals with close contact with the facility. CHI Good Samaritan Hospital and Kearney Regional Medical Center provided supportive services to the Nebraska Guard during sample collection.

Two Rivers Public Health Department is reporting two new cases of COVID-19, Buffalo county residents identified as a married couple in their 20s. Both are isolating at home. The health department releases case numbers daily to inform our citizens of the prevalence of COVID-19 locally. DHHS will continue daily updates to Nebraska's cases via its new Data Dashboard at http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.

TRPHD’s COVID-19 Cases Hit 15

Kearney, NE- Two Rivers Public Health Department is reporting four additional cases of COVID-19 in Buffalo County. Three cases are females (one in her 20s, and two in their 40s). The fourth is a male in his 60s. All are isolating at home. The health department will begin daily press releases starting Saturday April 4th to apprise our district of the case number. DHHS will continue daily updates to Nebraska's case via its new Data Dashboard at http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.

Previously reported cases of COVID-19 is in a worker at the YRTC-Kearney facility.

Kearney- Two Rivers Public Health Department is reporting a previously reported case of COVID-19 is in a worker at the YRTC-Kearney facility. The individual contacted the facility as per DHHS guidance to make them aware of his symptoms and has not returned to work. TRPHD in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services is conducting a contact investigation.

Kearney, NE- Two new case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were identified in Buffalo County. One is a direct contact of a previous case. The investigation for the second case is ongoing at this time. This brings the district total of 11 cases broken down as follows: 8 in Buffalo County, 1 in Kearney County, 1 in Gosper County, and 1 in Dawson County.

The DHM dated April 1, 2020, has been approved by the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for the State of Nebraska, Dr. Gary Anthone, MD. The Directed Health Measures put in place by Governor Ricketts on March 31 will continue to remain in effect. Details of all DHM covering Two Rivers Public Health Department can be found at https://www.trphd.org/

The additional DHM will go into effect at 12:01 am on Thursday, April 2, 2020, and will remain in effect no longer than necessary to ensure the individuals or groups affected by COVID-19 no longer pose a public health threat.

The additional DHM for Two Rivers District Health Department includes requirements where a minimum social distance of six feet between attendees at gatherings must be maintained. This requirement includes but is not limited to beauty salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors, massage therapy offices, and other businesses in the beauty service industry.

Two Rivers Public Health Department has “Rules and Regulations for the Prevention of Spread of Communicable Disease, Illness or Poisoning” enacted by all counties in the Two Rivers Public Health Department district (Buffalo, Dawson, Franklin, Gosper, Harlan, Kearney, and Phelps) on June 6, 2006. This gave authority to the Health Director to enact additional Directed Health Measures (DHM) to further prevent transmission of communicable illness, like COVID-19.

The DHM dated April 1, 2020, has been approved by the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for the State of Nebraska, Dr. Gary Anthone, MD. The Directed Health Measures put in place by Governor Ricketts on March 31 will continue to remain in effect. Details of all DHM covering Two Rivers Public Health Department can be found at https://www.trphd.org/

The additional DHM will go into effect at 12:01 am on Thursday, April 2, 2020, and will remain in effect no longer than necessary to ensure the individuals or groups affected by COVID-19 no longer pose a public health threat.

The additional DHM for Two Rivers District Health Department includes requirements where a minimum social distance of six feet between attendees at gatherings must be maintained. This requirement includes but is not limited to beauty salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors, massage therapy offices, and other businesses in the beauty service industry.

It applies to places such as theaters, churches, houses of worship, gyms, social clubs, salons, and social gatherings, including weddings, funerals, concerts, and athletic events. This is not an exhaustive list, but illustrates the types of locations the DHM applies to.

These facilities are not required to close, but may not have more than 10 individuals at a time. Please continue to use social distancing as much as possible.

It is with deep sadness that Two Rivers Public Health Department is announcing the death of one of our fellow Nebraskans, a man in his 90s. The death is related to COVID-19.
“We send our condolences to the family of this individual," said Jeremy Eschliman, Health Director. “As our community holds this family in our thoughts, we urge everyone to continue to practice social distancing. We knew there would be deaths from COVID-19 in Nebraska, and this underscores the potential seriousness of the disease and the importance of the measures we're taking as individuals and as a state to help slow the spread of the virus."

A community-transmitted case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was identified in Buffalo County. Community transmission is when people have COVID-19 but public health officials are unable to identify how or where they became infected.
In coordination with the office of Governor Pete Ricketts, Two Rivers Public Health Department will be enacting Directed Health Measures on all seven counties in the district. These counties include Buffalo, Dawson, Franklin, Gosper, Harlan, Kearney, and Phelps.

A case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was identified today in Buffalo County. The individual is a female in her 60s. She is currently self-isolating at home. Two Rivers Public Health Department is conducting further investigation at this time.

Two travel-related cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were identified today. The cases are a female in her 50s from Gosper County and a female in her 30s from Buffalo County. Both women are self-isolating at home. Two Rivers is continuing to investigate contacts associated with these individuals.

Additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Buffalo, and Kearney counties.
New cases include:
• One Kearney County resident - A man in his 20s who is currently self-isolating.
• Two Buffalo County residents - A woman in her 80s and a man in his 90s who are currently hospitalized.
Contact investigations are underway to identify people who came into close contact to help prevent further spread. All identified close contacts will self-quarantine and be actively monitored twice daily by public health officials for fever and respiratory symptoms.

I think it is important to remember, now more than ever, that personal health information should be protected. I realize we all live in interconnected communities where rumors and gossip can dominate discussions. We strive to respect the privacy of individuals who are experiencing the effects of COVID-19 in our community, and to protect their rights to privacy.

One additional case of COVID-19 has been reported to Two Rivers Public Health Department. This individual is a Dawson County female in her 40s who has minor symptoms and is currently self-isolated at home. Two Rivers Public Health Department staff are actively monitoring this situation, and have contacted individuals who need to self-isolate at this time. This case is a travel related case, and unrelated to the cases identified in Buffalo County.

One additional case of COVID-19 has been reported to Two Rivers Public Health Department. This individual is a Buffalo County male in his 50s who has minor symptoms and is currently self-isolated at home. Two Rivers Public Health Department staff are actively monitoring this situation. This person is a family member of the first case.

Two Rivers Public Health Department has identified the first travel related case of COVID-19 in the district. This individual is a Buffalo County female in her 40s who has minor symptoms and is currently self-isolated at home. Two Rivers Public Health Department staff are actively monitoring this situation.

Keeping our community safe and informed is a priority for Two Rivers Public Health Department. We urge our community members to continue to seek facts from reliable sources such as Two Rivers Public Health Department.

At this time we want to report that we have 0 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Two Rivers Public Health Department district. Once this changes we will promptly send out a media release and post on our website and social media. We are continually learning more about this emerging disease and will continue to do so over time. It is important for us all to prepare now in order to protect the most vulnerable populations as Nebraska will likely see exponential growth in COVID-19 in the next several months. Adjustments in our daily activities may need to be made in our daily activities to prevent the spread of this contagious disease in the future. A vaccine for COVID-19 is not currently available and may be a significant time until developed, however there are measures we can take now.