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The ultimate goal of Nebraska Medical Association member physicians is to advocate for the health of all Nebraskans.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information and Resources for All Nebraskans
(courtesy of NE-DHHS)

As Nebraska continues to adjust to a new normal as a result of the impacts of COVID-19 on the state, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has set up a coronavirus (COVID-19) information line that will allow residents to get answers to general questions and receive information on resources available. That number is (402) 552-6645; hours of operation are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. CST, 7 days a week.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and its public health partners continue to closely track the unfolding outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and anticipate its impact on Nebraska and its health care systems. More cases have been reported in several U.S. states. The recent instances of potential person-to-person spread in certain states along with coronavirus disease-related deaths in our country is concerning. Illnesses have ranged from mild to severe. Recent data shows older adults and people with underlying health conditions are more likely to be severely impacted by coronavirus disease 2019. We continue to urge Nebraskans to prepare for the arrival of COVID-19 here.

Nebraskans can help protect themselves from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections by:

  • Staying home if you are sick and avoiding close contact with those who are sick.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Here are some of the latest tools and resources to help everyone plan ahead.

Individuals and Families

Your guide to COVID-19
How to Prepare and Take Action at Home - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html
Build a Preparedness Kit - https://www.ready.gov.
What to do if You are Sick with Coronavirus Disease 2019 - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html
Information for Pregnant Women and Children - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/pregnant-women.html
Information for Travelers - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
Coronavirus Disease 2019 - Frequently Asked Questions - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
Coronavirus Disease 2019 Advice to the Public - Myth Busters - https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters 
When a Loved One Dies from COVID-19 
Managing Family Conflict While Home During COVID-19: Intimate Partners 
Tips for Coping when Quarantined with COVID-19 Family Members 
When Family Members are Hospitalized due to COVID-19 
Finding the Right Words to Talk with Children and Teens 
Discussing Coronavirus with Your Children  
Supporting Homebound Children 
Taking Care of Your Family

Childcares and K-12 Schools

Interim Guidance for Administrators of U.S. Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-for-schools.html

Colleges and Universities

Interim Guidance for Administrators of U.S. Institutions of Higher Education - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-ihe-response.html
Guidance for Student Foreign Travel for Institutions of Higher Education - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/student-foreign-travel.html

Businesses

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html
Information for Workers and Employers About Coronavirus Disease 2019 - https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/

Communities

Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html

 

Other Resources

Coronavirus Disease 2019 websites:

DHHS – http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – https://www.cdc.gov/covid19

World Health Organization – https://who.int.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Information Line

CDC Information Line

800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)
TTY 888-232-6348

Hours

Monday–Friday
7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. CT (English and Spanish)

Extended hours for coronavirus disease 2019 questions only

Saturday – Sunday
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CT (English)

You can also submit a question to CDC Info via email - https://wwwn.cdc.gov/dcs/ContactUs/Form

Stay informed. DHHS will continue to update Nebraskans through their website http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/coronavirus and on Facebook and Twitter. 

General Health Topics/Resources for All Nebraskans

Breast Cancer Screening
Colon Cancer Screening
Lung Cancer Screening
Skin Cancer Screening

NET Good Healthy Life
The NMA and Past President Rob Rhodes, MD, are proud to be content advisors on this series. Visit the link to see upcoming air times.

Affordable Care Act Resources
Enroll Nebraska 
Healthcare.gov -  Nebraska specific information
How much will it cost you? (Zip code specific calculator) 

Child Restraint 
American Academy of Pediatrics Car Safety Seats
American Academy of Pediatrics updates car seat recommendations - August 30, 2018
Nebraska Child Passenger Safety 

NEW CAR SEAT LAW effective January 1, 2019
LB42 took effect on January 1, 2019. The key points to the law are:

  • Rear-facing until age 2 or until the child reaches the upper weight or height limit allowed by the child safety seat manufacturer.
  • Children up to age 8 must be correctly secured in a federally approved child safety seat. This includes booster seats for older kids.
  • Children up to age 8 must ride in the back seat unless the back seat of the vehicle is not available (children are recommended to ride in the backseat until age 13).

Concussion Awareness    
ACTive™Athletic Concussion Training for Coaches
Brain Injury Association of Nebraska  
CDC – Centers for Disease Control  
ConcussionWise (Courses for Coaches, Athletes, Parents, Athletic Trainers, Physicians, and Nurses)   
Heads up to Parents
Heads up to Parents App
Health provider training modules (CME available)
Injury prevention
Nebraska Concussion Awareness Act
When in Doubt Nebraska

Immunizations and Vaccines
CDC
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
HPV facts
School requirements
World Health Organization

Motor Vehicle Safety 
Buckle up!
Distracted driving
Drive Smart Nebraska
Every teen killed in Nebraska last year was not wearing a seat belt (June 9, 2017 article) 

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - Safe Sleeping Practices
AAP updates policy to discourage use of crib bumpers 
American Academy of Pediatrics 
Safe to sleep

Sun Safety
Protect your skin from the sun
Parents needs to be 'voice of reason' to keep teenagers healthy, out of tanning beds

Tobacco Use
Stop smoking

Additional Resources
The danger of the medical celebrity
You're not alone: medical conspiracies believed by many

 

 

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