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Dodge County COVID-19 Cases

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Nebraska DHHS COVID-19 Data: The dashborad was taken down June 30, 2021
Three Rivers Public Health Department COVID-19 Dashboard
Johns Hopkins global COVID-19 data
State of Nebraska's cornavirus response website
UNO Economic Impact and Recovery Dashboard
Fremont area COVID-19 community resources: Information on financial assistance, food assistance and health resources Take a quick assessment to help determine Nebraska's COVID-19 testing needs. All Nebraskans are asked to participate.

Current Directed Health Measure
On May 24, 2021, Governor Pete Ricketts rescinded the Directed Health Measuers a week before they were to expire. As of midnight May 24, Nebraska is completely free of any state-mandated COVID-19 restrictions or quarantine requirements.

Sign up for Vaccine
There are multiple ways to sign up to recieve a COVID-19 vaccine. Residents of Dodge, Saunders and Wahsington counties can register for vaccinations through the 3RPHD website here. Scroll about halfway down and look for the "Schedule your vaccine" line highlighted in yellow. People age 16 and older are now eligible to register. If you need assistance or don't have internet access, call 3RPHD at 402-727-5396.

You may also sign up through the Nebraska DHHS portal at You may also call Medicine Man Pharmacy in North Bend directly at 402-652-3217 to schedule an appointment.

Local information and updates on the coronaviris crisis
3RHD = Three Rivers Health Department based in Fremont
DHHS = Nebraska Department of Helth and Human Services.

It's happened before: Revisit the Eagle's story about last time a virus shut down society

9/29/21- 3RPHD: New COVID testing site in Fremont
9/15/21- 3RPHD: Approval of booster needed before given
8/18/21- Eagle: NBC to start school under green risk dial
7/21/21- 3RPHD: COVID, variants still here
6/28/21- Governor: State of Emergency lifted
6/23/21- COVID vaccines offered to ages 12-18 at June 29 event
6/02/21- Hy-Vee offering gift card with vaccine
5/26/21- Eagle: Is it over? Governor ends DHM
4/21/21- Eagle: One-third of state vaccinated
4/14/21- Eagle: Quarantine rules change for people with antibodies, vaccinations working
3/29/21- 3RPHD: Vaccines open to age 18 and up, including in NB
3/26/21- DHHS: Vaccines avaialble to ages 18 and up starting Monday
3/17/21- Eagle: Benders cope with COVID one year in
3/10/21- CDC: Some restrictions loosened on fully vaccinated people
3/04/21- Governor: Ages 50-64 up next for vaccinces
2/24/21- Eagle: 200k vaccines out
1/29/21 - Governor: Moving to phase green, DHM updated
1/27/21- 3RPHD: Saunders County beginning vaccinations
1/25/21- 3RPHD: Phase 1b vaccinations starting
12/30/20 - Eagle: Vaccine going out, DHM relaxed
12/23/20 - Governor: DHM to relax
12/21/20 - Eagle/3RPHD: Vaccine arrives
12/16/20 - Eagle/3RPHD: Vaccine on its way
12/03/20 - 3RPHD: Quarantine guildlines, length changed
11/18/20 - Eagle: School board hears plan to stay in school even if red
11/11/21 - NBC/Eagle: Policy change more likely to keep kids in school
10/21/20 - Eagle: NBC looks at how it has handled COVID-19
10/16/20 - Governor: Some DHM restrictions reinstitued
9/30/20 - Eagle: Locals anticipate vaccine with precaution
9/23/20 - Eagle: NBC busy keeping up with COVID changes
9/14/20 - DHHS: New DHM for Phase IV in effect through Oct. 31.
9/02/20 - Eagle: NBC one of six to receive thermometers to track COVID-19
9/01/20 - DHHS: Phase 3 extended for 3RPHD through Sept. 13, DHM issued
8/30/20 - Eagle video: NBC starts football season amongst COVID precautions
8/19/20 - 3RPHD: Risk Dial increased to "High"
8/19/20 - Eagle: NBC Board proactive in face of COVID
8/19/20 - Eagle: NBC spreads out for unusual school year
8/04/20 - Eagle: Phase 3, DHM extended throguh August
8/01/20 - 3RHD, DHHS: Phase 3 DHM for August
7/22/20 - 3RHD: Risk Dial to show threat by county
7/22/20 - Eagle: NBC to open on time with precations
7/15/20 - Eagle: Fremont now a TestNebraska site
7/08/20 - Eagle: Cases start to level off locally
7/01/20 - Eagle: No new deaths reported
6/17/20 - Eagle: Four more deaths reported; Phase III announced
6/15/20 - Governor: Newest DHM announced, effective June 22
6/10/20 - Eagle: North Bend reopens city facilities
6/01/20 - 3RHD: TestNebraska to test in Fremont June 2, 3
5/27/30 - Eagle: Old Settlers postponed
5/27/30 - Eagle: New DHM will allow pool to open

5/21/20 - Governor: New DHM announced for June
5/20/20 - 3RHD: Dodge County reports first COVID-19 death
5/20/20 - Eagle: Scott winning battle vs. COVID-19
5/13/20 - Eagle: Hospitals keeping up with COVID, baseball softball can start June 1
5/11/20 - DHHS: Text of the local DHM effective through May 31
5/06/20 - Eagle: Dodge cases spike, new DHM in effect
5/06/20 - Eagle: Shutdown has people eager to get back to work
5/04/20 - DHHS: Text of new DHM in effect for Dodge, Saunders counties throguh May 10
5/03/20 - DHHS: County by county links to each county's Directed Health Measure
4/24/20 - Governor: DHM restrictions being relaxed for much of state, but not in Dodge, Saunders Co.
4/24/20 - 3RHD: Mass testing event reveals 25 new cases
4/22/20 - Eagle: NBC adopts plan for fourth quarter grading
4/21/20 - TestNebraska: Nebraska starts initiative to dramatically increase COVID testing
4/20/20 - Governor: Restriction on elective surgeries to lift May 4
4/09/20 - Governor: Additional business closures added to Directed Health Measure
4/09/20 - DHHS: Full text of revised Directed Health Measure
4/09/20 - 3RHD: Six rules to keep Nebraska Healthy
4/08/20 - Fremont Health prepares for COVID-19
4/03/20 - Eagle: NBC to remain closed rest of school year
4/02/20 - NBC: Contemplating graduation possibilities
4/02/20 - City of North Bend: City park closed indefinitely
4/02/30 - NSAA: All spring activities cancelled for rest of spring season
4/01/20 - Governor: Recommendations for grocery shopping
4/01/20 - Eagle: It's all homework now: NBC education goes online
3/30/20 - Governor: Statewide social distancing restrictions extended to April 30
3/26/20 - 3RHD: Gatherings prohibited, enfored by law; FAQ on DHHS order
3/25/20 - DHHS: Recommendations become law; Full text of Directed Health Measure, penalites
3/25/20 - 3RHD: Saunders Co. COVID-19 case confirms community spread
3/25/20 - Eagle: Businesses adapt to social distancing
3/25/20 - Eagle: Emergency city council meeting discusses COVID-19
3/24/20 - NBC: NBC will be closed indefinitely
3/24/20 - 3RHD: COVID-19 cases confirmed in Saunders, Washington counties
3/23/20 - 3RHD: Immediate guidelines for all businesses
3/23/20 - 3RHD: Recommendations for those who have recently traveled
3/20/20 - NBC: Access being restricted to school buildings
3/18/20 - Eagle: The how and why of wahsing hands
3/18/20 - Eagle: COVID-19 making changes to local life
3/16/20 - NB Emergency Manager: Statements on COVID-19
3/11/20 - Eagle: NBC school board prepares for virus disruption

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COVID-19 case numbers and hospital vacancy for Nebraska:

Deaths Hosp.
% w/ Vaccine*  
June 1 223,404   2,249       68 43%*  
May 14 222,335 827,424 2,257       124 51.2%  
April 15 215,383 806,933 2,205 33% 35% 79% 155 32.2%  
March 29 208,553 790,152 2,175       103 20.9%  
March 15 204,753 777,768 2,127 38% 42% 80% 121 14.4%  
March 1 200,946 764,460 2,082 39% 40% 77% 158 9.8%  
Feb. 15 197,328 751,355 2,003 39% 41% 79% 195 6.1%  
Feb. 1, 2021 190,950 733,348 1,920 36% 38% 80% 312 3.31%  
Dec. 16 150,861 653,154 1,438 30% 28% 72% 677    
Dec. 9 142,603 637,870 1,277 28% 26% 71% 787    
Nov. 16 101,601 572,538 797 29% 21% 69% 938    
Nov. 2 71,666 525,538 653       613    
Oct. 6 48,259 432,754 503 33% 30% 79% 271    
Sept. 15 38,287 368,033 435 36% 34% 82%      
Sept. 1 34,287 363,617 397 35% 36% 81% 161    
Aug. 12 29,030 279,432 351 35% 35% 80%      
July 22 23,190 219,431 310 38% 42% 79%      
Aug. 12 19,177 161,431 274            
June 16 16,851 122,662 220 43% 47% 77%      
June 2 14,345 92,073 178 43% 49% 76%      
May 15 9,416 47,799 113 47% 42% 75%      
May 1 4,281 23,104 70            
April 15 901 10,828 20            
April 1, 2020 210 3,475 4            

* Before June, this was the % of Nebraskans age 16 and above that have received both doses of the vaccine. Starting in June, it is percentage of all Nebraskans fully vaccintaed.

COVID-19 Timeline

• June 30: Gov. Rickets ends the COVID-19 state of emergency after 474 days. The State of Nebraska also takes down its online dashboard of COVID statistics

• May 24: Gov. Ricketts announced that the DHM would end that night, a week earlier than scheduled and would not be replaced by another, calling for "a return to normalcy." He said this would be his final coronavirus briefing.

• May 13: The CDC says vaccinated people don't have to wear masks indoors or outdoors.

• May 10: The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is approved for children as young as 12

• April 27: The CDC says vaccinated people can go outside without a mask. Many people have been doing this for months.

• March 26: The DHHS announces vaccines will be available to anyone over the age of 18 at pharmacies participating in the fedral program starting Monday, March 29

• March 24: The Big Ten lifts its ban on attendance at sporting events, saying universities can go by local health guidlines, paving way for first fans at Husker events in a year.

• March 15: One year to the day after initially calling off school because of COVID-19, NBC relaxes some precautions, including no longer enforcing one-way hallways

• Feb. 12: The NSAA increases the allowed capatict for fan attendance from 50% to 75% at high school events. NBC allows fans to attend without previously distributed tickets.

• Jan. 30: COVID-19 cases drop below 10% of available hospital beds, so Nebraska moves to phase green. Indoor gatherings are allowed at 100% of capacity.

• Dec. 23: With COVID-19 patients using less than 15% of hospital beds, Nebraska downgrades from yellow to blue phase, relaxing the DHM

• Dec. 21: 3RPHD announces that has recieved the COVID vaccine and will be administering it later in the week.

• Dec. 11: The U.S. FDA approves the COVID-19 vaccine for use in the United States.

• December 8: The first COVID-19 vaccine shot is administered in Coventry, England.

• December 3: The CDC changes quarantine guidlines, reducing length

• November 11: With hospitalizations at an all-time high, Governor Ricketts announced changes to the state's DHM, requiring masks and 6-foot spacing, among other changes.

• October 21: With cases and hospitalizations climbing, Nebraska brings back some DHM restrictions that had been relaxed.

• September 25: NBC cancels its football game against Schuyler because of COVID quarantines, four days after a volleyball game with Oakland-Craig was cancelled

• September 14: 3RPHD joins the majority of the state in Phase IV of reopening, which lifts nearly all restrictions.

• September 1: DHM issued for the first half of September. Phase III reopening remains in effect

• August 18: NBC opens in-person school with many precautions in place

• August 11: The Big Ten cancels fall sports

• August 1: While a portion of the state moves to Phase 4 reopening, 3RPHD extends Phase 3. DHM regulations for Augest remain the same as July.

• July 29: U.S. deaths surpass 150,000, the highest total of any country in the world

• July 20: The NSAA announces it plans to go forward with the fall sports season as scheduled

• July 18: NBC holds commencement outdoors, postponed from May

• July 8: NBC holds its junior-senior prom, postponed from March

• July 13: NBC school board decides school will begin on time with distancing and optional masks

• July 8: NBC holds its long-postponed prom, with no dancing and seats 6-feet apart at dinner

• July 1: Contact sports, including football, basketball and wrestling, allowed to practice and play

• June 22: A new DHM takes effect, ushering in Phase III of reopening in Nebraska

• June 20: The North Bend-Morse Bluff Black Sox play their first games, the first organized sport by an area team since the girls state basketball tournament March 7

• June 2: The North Bend City Council moves to reopen the library, city hall and auditorium. The pool and library will open June 8.

• May 26: The North Bend Chamber of Commerce announces that the 2020 Old Settles will be postponed

• May 21: Governor Ricketts announces a new DHM that will take effect June 1 and continue to relax restrictions

• May 15: Dodge Counthy reports its first COVID-19 related death

• May 11: NBC school board sets a tentative July 18 date for graduation ceremonies

• May 11: Governor Ricketts announces that baseball and softball practice may begin June 1, with games June 18

• May 11: The more relaxed DHM becomes effective in Three Rivers Health District, including Dodge and Saudners Counties. Resturants are allowed to open to 50 percent capacity

• May 8: Saunders County reports its first COVID-19 related death

• May 4: The majority of Nebraska begins a new, relaxed DHM. Dodge and Saunders counties are not included

• April 24: Governor Ricketts announces a relaxing of DHM restrictions in most of the state as of May 3. Churches allowed to meet with guidlines.

• April 24: 3RHD announced a mass testing event a few days earlier resulted in 25 positilve tests. 21 were from Dodge County, more than doubing the number of confirmed cases in the county.

• April 21: Nebraska starts TestNebraska, an effort to dramatically increase COVID-19 testing, including drive-up testing

• April 13: NBC school board adopts plan for handling grading for e-learning

• April 7: The state of Nebraska reports its 10th known death from COVID-19. 3RHD reports seven known cases of COVID-19 in Dodge County

• April 4: President Trump appoves Nebraska's request for federal disaster assistance

• April 3: All 93 Nebraska counties are now subject to the state's Directed Health Measure

• April 3: the CDC recommends Americans cover their faces when leaving home

• April 2: The city of North Bend closes the city park to prevent kids gathering in groups

• April 2: The NSAA announces that all practices and competitions, including districts and state, have been cancelled for the spring season.

• April 1: Nebraska's Directed Health Measure now effecitve in 56 counties. Governor orders schools to stay closed through May 31

• March 27: The first COVID-19 deaths in Nebraska are announced. A 59-yard old Woman in Hall County died March 26 while a Omaha man in his 50s died earlier in the week.

• March 25: The Nebraska DHHS makes many previous recommendations on social distancing required by law in certain eastern Nebraska counties

• March 25: The NSAA suspends high school sports through May 1

• March 24: NBC announces that in-person school is suspended indefinitely

• March 18: NBC starts online classes for its students

• March 16: The CDC advises against gatherings of 50 or more people. By the end of the day, that number is reduced to 10 people

• March 15: NBC announces that it will not hold in-person classes for the next two weeks

• March 15: The CDC recommends cancling events where more than 250 people might gather

• March 12-14: The boys state basketball tournament is held in full, but spectators are limited to immediate family

• March 11: The NBA suspends its season after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tests positive

• March 8: In response to the case at the YMCA, all Fremont schools and Midland University announce they will be closed through March 14.

• March 5-7: The NBC girls play in and win the state basketball tournament. A couple of Benders are interviewed on TV about COVID-19, saying it's pretty far from their minds

• March 5: A woman who competed in a Special Olympics basketball tournament at the Fremont YMCA on Feb. 29 tests positive

• January 21: The first case of COVID-19 in the United States is found in Washington state