The North Bend Eagle


Phase 3 reopening, DHM extended

by Nathan Arneal
Published 8/5/20

Most of Nebraska entered Phase III of reopening from COVID-19 shutdowns on June 22. Those regulations and corresponding Directed Health Measures were to expire July 31.

While three local health departments covering 27 counties moved to Phase 4 on August 1, Three Rivers Health Department covering Dodge, Saunders and Washington counties remains in Phase 3.

Three Rivers Executive Director Terra Uhing said once you move to Phase 4, which is essentially back to normal, it would be hard to move back to Phase 3 if an increase of COVID-19 cases warranted it. With schools set to reopen this month, she wanted to see how that transition worked before Three Rivers progresses to Phase 4.

The August DHM is nearly identical to July’s. Gatherings are limited to 50% of occupancy indoors and 75% outdoors. Parties and tables are limited to eight people. People who test positive for COVID-19 or exhibit symptoms should home-isolate for 10 days. The complete text of the August DHM can be found on the COVID-19 page of

Uhing emphasized that anyone who is sick or awaiting results of a COVID-19 test should stay home.


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