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Ricketts issues statewide DHM for remaining counties

Staff Writer
Syracuse Journal-Democrat

Governor Pete Ricketts announced the State’s ninth COVID-19-related Directed Health Measure (DHM), which adds the remaining counties not already under one, on April 3.

The DHM will be in effect beginning April 3 at 10 p.m. and will last until May 11 unless renewed.

“Now that we have seen community spread across the state, the State is applying directed health measures for all 93 counties until May 11,” said Gov. Ricketts.  “The next several weeks will be key to slowing the spread of the virus in Nebraska.  We are asking Nebraskans to further limit social interactions, work, go home, and shop once a week.”

Read the new DHM by clicking here.

State-Issued DHM Provisions (Apply Statewide)

  • Imposes an enforceable, 10-person limit on public gatherings.  
  • Prohibits medical and dental elective surgeries and procedures.
  • Requires schools (public, private, and parochial) to operate without students through May 31, 2020.
  • Cancels all school-related extracurricular activities through May 31, 2020.
  • Requires restaurants and bars to close their dining areas and move to takeout, delivery, and/or curbside service only. 
  • Requires individuals to home quarantine for at least 14 days if:
    • They have tested positive for COVID-19.
    • They have a fever of 100.4° F or above
    • They have experienced sudden onset of a cough and/or shortness of breath
    • They reside or have resided with individuals who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or have the above symptoms.
      • NOTE: The quarantine requirement excludes those individuals with seasonal allergies, COPD, or other diagnoses that may produce respiratory symptoms.  Additionally, the directive doesn’t apply to patients who have an alternative non-COVID-19 diagnosis from a healthcare provider.  These patients should follow the treatment and guidance provided by their healthcare provider for such conditions.
    • Some individuals in home quarantine may not experience the onset of symptoms until the latter half of their 14-day quarantine period.  In this case, the length of their quarantine may exceed 14 days.  Individuals should remain in quarantine until 7 days have passed since onset of symptoms, symptoms have improved, and they have been fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.  
      • NOTE: See the DHM for additional direction on household members living with those in quarantine.
  • The DHM’s limitation on public gatherings does not apply to:
    • Retail or grocery stores where people should maintain six feet of distance from one another.
    • Daycares that may be operated at a school per the Governor’s executive order regarding childcare, which you can access by clicking here.
    • Other locations detailed in the DHM.