State adopts new quarantine guidance 

Sarpy County

State adopts new quarantine guidance 

December 24, 2020

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts recently announced additional Direct Health Measures that affect Sarpy County. The governor also laid out what restrictions to expect should the state's percentage of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients increase. I encourage Sarpy residents take the following precautions:

  • Wear a mask when you're in a public setting – indoors or outdoors – where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Watch your distance. Stay at least six feet from people who don't live in the same home as you. Remember to socially distance in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If running water isn't available, use hand sanitizer

If you visit the Sarpy County Courthouse, you'll see a number of changes we've made to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including plexiglass barriers at all customer counters, touchless hand sanitizer stations throughout the building, and signs and floor markings that indicate appropriate social distancing.
Though our offices are fully open, I encourage you continue to access our services online or by calling or emailing our departments. Click here for a list of county services, phone numbers and email addresses.
Don Kelly 
Chairman, Sarpy County Board of Commissioners 

New COVID-19 quarantine guidance 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced new recommendations for how to handle an exposure to COVID-19, and the State of Nebraska has included these recommendations in its Directed Health Measures. 

Under the new guidance, a person who has been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 should quarantine for seven days if all of the following are met: 

  1. The exposed person receives a negative COVID-19 test taken on the fifth day following their exposure. 
  2. The exposed person is not experiencing symptoms. 
  3. The exposed person continues to monitor for symptoms and wears a mask for two weeks following the exposure. 

Someone who chooses not to test following close contact with someone with COVID-19 may end quarantine after the following conditions are met: 

  1. At least 10 days since the close contact exposure have passed. 
  2. The exposed person develops no symptoms. 
  3. The exposed person continues to monitor for symptoms and wears a mask for two weeks following the exposure. 

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days from the day of their positive test. Isolation may end after both of these conditions are met: 

  1. The COVID-19 positive person is fever free without medication for 24 hours; and 
  2. Their COVID-19 symptoms have improved, though some symptoms may linger. 

Mask requirements in cities

Three cities in Sarpy County have enacted mask mandates in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. A fourth city, Bellevue, is strongly encouraging residents to wear a face covering. Read below for the specifics in each jurisdiction. 

La Vista – La Vista requires a mask for people age 5 and older when at locations open to the general public. The mask must cover the person’s mouth and nose while indoors when six-feet social distancing can’t be maintained. Find more details here

Gretna – Masks are required for individuals age 5 and older when indoors and when six-feet social distancing is not an option. Masks are not required while eating or drinking at a restaurant, performing a job that prevents wearing a mask or while exercising. See more information here

Bellevue – The City of Bellevue passed a resolution strongly urging citizens and visitors to wear face coverings. Bellevue also urged all business owners to require face coverings. For more information, visit the City of Bellevue’s website

Directed Health Measures: Updated Dec. 24

The Governor’s latest Directed Health Measures took effect ThursdayDec. 24, as Nebraska moved into the "blue" category (see chart below). The following restrictions will apply to Sarpy County: 
INDOOR GATHERINGS will be limited to 75% of rated occupancy. It is recommended that groups are eight people or fewer and groups stay six feet apart. Plans for reopening or expanding to 75% capacity must be submitted to and approved by the Sarpy/Cass Health Department for all locations/venues/events that hold 500 or more people. Your plan must include your expected number of guests, how the location will allow for social distancing and your sanitation plans. Submit your plans at   
OUTDOOR GATHERINGScan remain at 100% occupancy. Groups must be eight people or fewer and six-feet social distancing must be observed. Plans for reopening or expanding to 100% capacity must be submitted to and approved by the Sarpy/Cass Health Department for all locations/venues/events that hold 500 or more people. Your plan must include your expected number of guests, how the location will allow for social distancing and your sanitation plans. Submit your plans at   

Other changes  

Masks.Masks are recommended, not required, for staff and patrons at salons, barbershops, massage therapy facilities, childcare centers, tattoo parlors and any other indoor business where staff and patrons are within six feet of each other for 15 minutes or more. Masks may be required in these locations based on city ordinance from La Vista or Gretna. 
Bars and restaurants may operate at 100% occupancy and it is recommended that patrons remain seated unless placing an order, using the restroom or playing games. It is recommended that groups/tables are eight people or fewer.
• Gyms/health spas, churches, weddings, funerals. No restrictions, although it is recommended that people/household groups stay six feet apart from others. 
Elective surgeries.Elective procedures can resume without restrictions.

School and club extracurricular activities for youth. Fan attendance is no longer limited to household members only. Six-feet social distancing between groups is recommended.  Must follow gathering limits.

• Potential changes to come. The governor detailed measures to come based on the percentage of the state's hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients. Additional restrictions may include limiting bars to carry out, delivery and drive-thru service; limiting indoor gatherings to 10 people and outdoor gatherings to 25 people; and prohibiting additional elective surgeries. The Governor's Office released the following chart (View as PDF):

The state will continue to recommend a number of guidelines each industry is encouraged to follow. All of the guidance documents are available here. Read the Directed Health Measure for Sarpy County

The Sarpy/Cass Health Department continues to recommend following the CDC's guidance to keep you and your loved ones healthy, including:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contacts. Stay 6 feet away from people who don't live in your household.
  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering in public settings. 
  • Wash your hands often. It's especially important to wash before eating or preparing food, before touching your face, after using the restroom, after leaving a public place, after handling your mask, after coughing or sneezing, after blowing your nose, after changing a diaper. After caring for someone sick, or after touching animals or pets.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. 
Certain people are at higher risk of getting very ill from COVID-19, including older adults and people who have serious or chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease. People in these higher-risk groups should: 
  • Stay home as much as possible. 
  • When you go out in public, maintain a six-foot distance between yourself and others and wear a cloth face mask. 
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible. 
  • Stay away from others who are sick. 
  • Wash your hands often.

Interactive dashboard tracks COVID-19 cases in Sarpy and Cass

You can view detailed information about cases of COVID-19 in Sarpy County on our interactive dashboard. View the dashboard here. 
The dashboard shows not only the number of cases by location, but also breaks down the number of active cases, type of transmission, hospitalizations, positivity rates and more. You can also watch the cases and recoveries progress over time.
View a statewide COVID-19 dashboard here 

Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office will help pickup food and medication for seniors, caregivers 

Sheriff’s Office will help pickup food and medication for seniors, caregivers 

Do you need help picking up groceries or medication? The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office and Sarpy County Human Services continue to provide such assistance for older and ill residents during the COVID-19 pandemic event. 
Seniors, people who are sick and caretakers of people in these demographics in Sarpy County can call the Sarpy County Sheriff Helpline at (402) 593-1593. A uniformed Sarpy County Sheriff’s Deputy in a marked cruiser will then pick up and deliver medication, food or other necessities from one of the partnering establishments. 
To reduce contact and the spread of COVID-19, Deputies will use drive-thrus when available. They will leave residents’ items at the door and wait to leave until the items are retrieved. 
The following grocery stores/pharmaceutical providers are participating in this program: 
  • Walgreens – all five Sarpy locations. (Pharmacy orders) 
  • Walmart – 72nd and Centennial. (Pharmacy and groceries)
  • Target – 84th and Centennial. (Pharmacy and groceries) 
  • Baker’s – 36th & Twin Creek and 801 Galvin Road. (Pharmacy and groceries) 
  • Hyvee – all three Sarpy locations. (Groceries only)
  • Springfield Drug – Springfield. (Pharmacy only)
  • Kohlls Pharmacy – 1413 Washington Street Suite 125 and 12741 Q Street
  • Tri-City Pantry – available to Papillion and La Vista residents
  • Gretna Neighbors Pantry
  • Bellevue Pantry
The helpline will be available for requests Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The helpline is not a substitute for 911 and any threats to life or property should be directed to 911.

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