Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Crete, Saline County
Statewide Directed Health Measures issued to slow spread of COVID-19
This article has been updated as of Oct. 30.
Saline County is part of Public Health Solutions - District Health Department with Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson and Thayer counties and should follow current Directed Health Measures (see below) The City of Crete advises all residents to follow the current DHM from health officials during this COVID-19 outbreak. The city is in regular communication with health officials on the best courses of action for communities and will continue to share relevant and timely information. Directed Health Measures issued by the state are restrictions on individuals and businesses to slow the spread of COVID-19.
As of Oct. 30 the number of confirmed cases in the district is 1,794: Saline County - 961, Gage County - 563, Fillmore County - 111, Jefferson County - 93, Thayer County - 66. Nine deaths have been reported in the district: Gage - 5, Saline - 2, Fillmore - 2. (DHHS case map data)
Directed Health Measures for Public Health Solutions - District Health Department
Changes to current Directed Health Measures will take effect on Oct. 21
- Outline of changes effective Oct. 21 for
- elective procedures/surgeries
- bars and restaurants
- weddings and funerals
- DHM main page from DHHS
- See the full DHM document for complete information.
The public is advised to practice increased hygiene, avoid crowded placesm, close contact, and confined spaces. The purpose is to socially distance people (spacing them more than 6 feet apart) and to avoid congregating in enclosed spaces.
The following links provide information and resources on virus symptoms, seeking medical attention, protection, travel and more:
- Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
- Public Health Solutions - District Health Department
- Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
City of Crete: See additional information on the status of and access to city programs and services.
Crete Public Schools: Return to Learn Plan online.
Doane University: Return to Campus Fall 2020 online.
First Saline County case reported on April 14
The City of Crete received information April 16 of the first two confirmed cases of COVID-19 involving a Crete resident and a person who works in Crete, but lives elsewhere in Saline County, bringing the total cases in the county to three. The first Saline County case was reported on April 14.
City officials are deeply concerned with the health of residents during this situation and strongly believe if people continue to follow current public health guidelines and restrictions, together, they can manage the risks prudently and minimize the affects of this virus on the community.
The City has been and will continue taking appropriate steps at the local government level as advised by public health authorities and state officials to minimize the spread of this outbreak. They have been in contact with relevant agencies, including Public Health Solutions and Governor Pete Ricketts' office since early March and began taking action regarding city services and programs at that time.
Together, through the basic efforts of following good hygiene practices, proper disinfection, appropriate social distancing, discretionary trips away from home, and self-isolation for individuals exposed to or who have tested positive, the community can slow the spread.