The North Bend Eagle


Four more COVID fatailities reported; Phase III DHM announced

by Nathan Arneal
Published 6/17/20

Three Rivers Public Health Department in Fremont reported four more COVID-19 deaths in Dodge County over the past week. Added to the two previously reported deaths, this brings Dodge County’s total to six COVID-19 deaths.

On June 10, the death of a woman in her 40s was reported. On Friday, a man in his 40s and a man in his 60s with underlying health conditions were added to the death toll. A man in his 60s was reported Monday to have died. Saunders County hasn’t reported a COVID-19 death since May 8.

Of the seven deaths in Dodge and Saunders counties, all victims have been at least 40 years old.

Reopening Phase III announced

On Monday, June 15, Governor Pete Rickets announced that 89 of Nebraska’s 93 counties, including Dodge and Saunders counties, will move into Phase III of reopening from COVID-19 restrictions on June 22.

Among the changes that will take effect Monday:

• Attendance for youth and school sports games will no longer be restricted to household members and will be governed by the same guidelines as general gatherings below.

• Contact team sports may begin practices and games July 1.

• General gatherings are limited to 50% of rated capacity of indoor venues and 75% of capacity at outdoor venues. Groups shall be limited to eight people with 6 feet of separation between groups. Parades, carnivals, midways, dances and street dances remain prohibited.

• Bars and restaurants may operate at 100% of capacity, up from 50% in the current Directed Health Measure. No more than eight people will be allowed at a table. Self-serve buffets and salad bars remain prohibited. Games such as pool, darts and arcade games are allowed.

See the entire text of the Phase III DHM here (PDF).

The Nebraska Schools Activities Association, which in some cases has implemented restrictions more strict than the state, also announced a relaxing of guidelines last week.

Beginning June 18, high school teams may participate in camps, clinics and summer leagues in all NSAA sports except for basketball, football, soccer and wrestling.

However, as of June 11 open gyms for basketball, football and wrestling may be held with the following restrictions:

• Individual skills and workouts only
• No physical contact with others
• No sharing of equipment
• No grouping of students


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