N E W S    R E L E A S E

March 10, 2020 For immediate release.For more information, contact:Kim Engel, Director , 308-760-2415, [email protected]

Remain calm, protect yourself and your community

The risk for contracting COVID-19 remains low in the Panhandle. There are no known cases at this time. 
We recommend that you call Panhandle Public Health District  (308-262-5764) if you develop a fever
and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact
with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. 
Chadron Community hospital asks that you call 308-432-5586 before seeking health care. It is important
that health care providers know you are coming so that proper precautions can be in place. 

People can help protect themselves from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections by: 
- Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with sick people and stay home if you are sick. Social distancing has been key in reducing spread. 
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
The CDC does NOT currently recommend the general public use facemasks.PPHD is working with state health officials to continue to take action to prevent the spread of disease
and protect the health of Nebraskans, including:
- Sharing the latest guidance and information with hospitals, health care providers, first responders, and
local and state labs.  We have been holding weekly updates with hospitals and clinics.
- Assessing our health care system’s readiness to identify, monitor, and treat patients with coronavirus
disease 2019. 
- Engaging in active and ongoing communication with state and federal partners as part of the overall
national response to this emerging public health threat.
- Reviewing and enhancing response plans with emergency management and partners to be ready for
the detection of COVID-19 in the panhandle.

With the state and other local health department partners, we have a system in place to track and monitor cases in an effort to immediately detect secondary cases and minimize the potential for ongoing, undetected, person-to-person transmission.  There are no cases in the Panhandle. Panhandle Public Health District continues to monitor the unfolding COVID-19 epidemic to anticipate
its impact on the Panhandle.  We are working as a unified command with Region 21, 22, and 23 Emergency
Managers, and Scotts Bluff County Health Department on this evolving situation.  We will continue to
communicate important updates to the public and our partners. The CDC is putting out updated guidance
daily; for the most up to date information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
To learn more about COVID-19, go to https://www.cdc.gov/covid19.
PPHD will keep you posted in this quickly changing environment.
Panhandle Public Health District is working together to improve the health, safety, and quality of life for
all who live, learn, work and play in the Panhandle.  Our vision is that we are a healthier and safer
Panhandle Community.    Visit our website www.pphd.org.

Author: 
Mr. Mack