The North Bend Eagle

COVID-19 Headquarters

COVID-19 case numbers and hospital vacancy for Nebraska:

  Sept 15 Sept 1 Aug 19 Aug 12 July 22 July1 June 16 June 2 May 15 May 1 April 15 April 1
Positive tests: 38,642 34,287 30,825 29,030 23,190 19,177 16,851 14,345 9,416 4,281 901 210
Negative tests: 368,033 363,617 328,673 279,432 219,431 161,431 122,662 92,073 47,799 23,104 10,828 3,475
Deaths: 435 397 368 351 310 274 220 178 113 70 20 4
Beds avaialble: 36% 36% 36% 35% 38%   43% 43% 47%      
ICU available: 34% 36% 33% 35% 42%   47% 49% 42%      
Ventilators available: 82% 81% 82% 80% 79%   77% 76% 75%      

Dodge County COVID-19 Cases

Information Links

Nebraska DHHS COVID-19 Data
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
Three Rivers Health Department, including Dodge, Saunders and Washington counties, moved to Phase 4 of reopening on Sept. 14, which is scheduled to run through Oct. 31. . Click here to read the full local DHM for Sept. 14 to Oct. 14. Here is a link to a descrptions and differences among the four phases of reopening.

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

9/14/20 - 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 Timeline

• 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