The North Bend Eagle

COVID-19 Headquarters

COVID-19 case numbers and hospital vacancy for Nebraska:

  June 2 May 22 May 15 May 8 May 1 April 15 April 1
Positive tests: 14,345 11,425 9,416 7,190 4,281 901 210
Negative tests: 92,073 66,994 47,799 33,222 23,104 10,828 3,475
Deaths: 178 143 113 90 70 20 4
Beds avaialble: 43% 43% 47% 47%      
ICU available: 49% 36% 42% 43%      
Ventilators available: 76% 77% 75% 77%      

Dodge County COVID-19 Cases

Link to Johns Hopkins global COVID-19 data

Fremont area COVID-19 community resources: Information on financial assistance, food assistance and health resources

Visit for a quick assessment to help determine Nebraska's COVID-19 testing needs. All Nebraskans are asked to participate.

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

Each of the 19 local health distircts in Nebraska have their own Directed Health Measures now. The current Directed Health Measure for Dodge, Saunders and Washington counties took effect May 11 and runs through May 31 unless cancleed or extended before then. See the full text of the current DHM here. A new DHM takes effect June 1.

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

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

• 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, realed 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 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