Infectious Disease Preparedness

Steps to take now as COVID-19 cases are getting closer and closer to the Panhandle


    From COVID-19 Unified Command:


    COVID19 We currently have not had any positive COVID-19 tests in the Panhandle. As positive cases are getting closer and closer to the Panhandle, we need to take an additional step in our efforts to flatten the curve.  When there is a positive test, the individual and their provider will be notified, and there will be a news release. 

    A public health investigator will interview the person to find who they have been close to and where they have been for the past 14 days.  We will call anyone they have had direct contact with and recommend they self-quarantine. 

    If needed, we will report any possible public locations in a news release and on our website.  Persons would be asked to self-quarantine if they were at the public locations.  This is done so potentially exposed people can self-quarantine to reduce spread. 

    Follow these steps to flatten the curve:

    • Practice strict social distancing – 6 feet between people
    • Follow the 10 person limit for groups
    • Follow travel guidelines to self-quarantine upon returning from travel outside the Panhandle*
    • Stay home when you begin showing early signs of being sick
    • Be prepared to recall your whereabouts for the past 14 days


    *Travel guidelines
    To limit spread in Nebraska, all travelers should self-quarantine for 14 days upon returning home and immediately report any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection to their health care provider. This means that if they traveled out of the Panhandle, they would be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days upon returning to the Panhandle with these exceptions:

    • Residents that support the critical infrastructure of our community, like truckers, are encouraged to continue to provide their vital services. When they are back in the Panhandle, they are encouraged to stay at their house (self-quarantine).  
    • Traveling to and from work is understandable; the idea is to stay in the same community and practice strict social distancing.
    • Health care workers have different guidelines and should consult with a trained medical professional at their facility (infection preventionists or physician) and establish a specific infection control protocol that mitigates patient and co-worker exposures.

    Panhandle Public Health District will keep you posted in this quickly changing environment. We continue to monitor the unfolding COVID-19 epidemic to anticipate its impact on the Panhandle.  We are working as a unified command with Region 21, 22, and 23 Emergency Managers, and Scotts Bluff County Health Department on this evolving situation.  We will continue to communicate important updates to the public and our partners.  The CDC is putting out updated guidance daily; for the most up to date information visit: To learn more about COVID-19, go to

    Panhandle Public Health District is working together to improve the health, safety, and quality of life for all who live, learn, work and play in the Panhandle.  Our vision is that we are a healthier and safer Panhandle Community. Visit our website


    Pasos a seguir ahora que los casos de COVID-19 se están acercando cada vez más al Panhandle


    Actualmente no hemos tenido ninguna prueba COVID-19 positiva en el Panhandle. A medida que los casos positivos se acercan cada vez más al Panhandle, debemos dar un paso adicional en nuestros esfuerzos para aplanar la curva. Cuando hay una prueba positiva, el individuo y su proveedor serán notificados, y habrá un comunicado de prensa.


    Un investigador de salud pública entrevistará a la persona para encontrar con quién ha estado cerca y dónde ha estado durante los últimos 14 días. Llamaremos a cualquier persona con la que hayan tenido contacto directo y les recomendaremos que se pongan en cuarentena.


    Si es necesario, informaremos cualquier posible ubicación pública en un comunicado de prensa y en nuestro sitio web. Se pediría a las personas que se auto-pongan en cuarentena si estuvieran en lugares públicos. Esto se hace para que las personas potencialmente expuestas puedan auto cuarentenarse para reducir la propagación.


    Siga estos pasos para aplanar la curva:

    • Practique el distanciamiento social estricto- 6 pies entre personas
    • Siga el límite de 10 personas para grupos
    • Siga las pautas de viaje para ponerse en cuarentena al regresar de un viaje fuera del Panhandle *
    • Quédese en casa cuando comience a mostrar signos tempranos de estar enfermo
    • Esté preparado para recordar su paradero durante los últimos 14 días.


    *Pautas de viaje

    Para limitar la propagación en Nebraska, todos los viajeros deben someterse a cuarentena durante 14 días al regresar a casa e informar inmediatamente a su proveedor de atención médica cualquier síntoma compatible con la infección por COVID-19. Esto significa que si salieron del Panhandle, se les pedirá que se pongan en cuarentena durante 14 días al regresar al Panhandle con estas excepciones:

    • Se alienta a los residentes que apoyan la infraestructura crítica en nuestra comunidad, como camioneros, ferrocarriles, etc., a que continúen brindando sus servicios vitales. Cuando regresan al Panhandle, se les alienta a permanecer en su hogar (cuarentena).
    • Ir y venir del trabajo es comprensible; La idea es permanecer en la misma comunidad y practicar un distanciamiento social estricto.
    • Si sus servicios esenciales como combustible, alimentos o atención médica se encuentran fuera del Panhandle, continúe utilizando estos servicios. Continúe manteniendo un buen distanciamiento social y buenas prácticas de higiene antes, durante y después de sus viajes.
    • Los trabajadores de la salud tienen diferentes pautas y deben consultar con un profesional médico capacitado en sus instalaciones (preventivos de infecciones o médicos) y establecer un protocolo específico de control de infecciones que mitigue la exposición de pacientes y compañeros de trabajo.


    El Distrito de Salud Pública del Panhandle lo mantendrá informado en este entorno que cambia rápidamente. Continuamos monitoreando la epidemia de COVID-19 que se desarrolla para anticipar su impacto en el Panhandle. Trabajamos como un comando unificado con los Gerentes de Emergencia de las Regiones 21, 22 y 23 y el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Scotts Bluff en esta situación cambiante. Continuaremos comunicando actualizaciones importantes al público y a nuestros socios. El CDC publica orientación actualizada diariamente; Para obtener la información más actualizada, visite: Para obtener más información sobre COVID-19, vaya a

    El Distrito de Salud Pública de Panhandle está trabajando en conjunto para mejorar la salud, la seguridad y la calidad de vida de todos los que viven, aprenden, trabajan y juegan en el Panhandle. Nuestra visión es que somos una Comunidad del Panhandle más sana y segura. Visite nuestro sitio web

  • In establishing the District's "Highly Infectious Disease Preparedness Plan," Scottsbluff Schools are working closely with area agencies, including the County Health Department and Regional West Medical Center.  Much of our advice is also coming directly from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has already sent out its first of what will likely be many documents providing general guidance to schools. We will also collaborate with a variety of school districts and governmental entities around the state and region, emergency responders and health professionals.


    Please look to this page for resources and updates as we continue to closely monitor the situation.

View the District's Infectious Disease Preparedness Plan here

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Social Distancing

  • Social Distancing is an important way that we can work together to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  Here is a graphic from the CO Dept of Health with some guidelines on social distancing. 

    Social distancing

Hand Washing

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Family Handwashing Flyer

COVID-19 Information Sheets

Talking with Your Family About COVID-19

  • News reports about the coronavirus outbreak, together with speculation that it could become more widespread, is making some people anxious. Here are some tips from the American Psychological Association to help you manage your anxiety, put news reports in perspective and maintain a positive outlook.

    1. Keep things in perspective. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that the number of confirmed infections in the U.S. is extremely low. The fact that there is a great deal of news coverage on this issue does not necessarily mean that it presents any threat to you or your family.
    2. Get the facts. It is helpful to adopt a more clinical and curious approach as you follow news reports about the virus. To that end, you will want to find a credible source you can trust. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a webpage dedicated to information on the outbreak. You may also find useful information from local or state public health agencies or even your family physician.
    3. Communicate with your children.  Discuss the news coverage of the coronavirus with honest and age-appropriate information. Parents can also help allay distress by focusing children on routines and schedules. Remember that children will observe your behaviors and emotions for cues on how to manage their own feelings during this time.
    4. Keep connected.  Maintaining social networks can foster a sense of normality and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress. Feel free to share useful information you find on governmental websites with your friends and family. It will help them deal with their own anxiety.
    5. Seek additional help.  Individuals who feel an overwhelming nervousness, a lingering sadness, or other prolonged reactions that adversely affect their job performance or interpersonal relationships should consult with a trained and experienced mental health professional. Psychologists and other appropriate mental health providers can help people deal with extreme stress. These professionals work with individuals to help them find constructive ways to manage adversity.