Nebraskans have got grit. Folks here know how to get through hard times. We're blessed with some of the most brilliant minds in biocontainment in the country at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and University of Nebraska Medical Center -- they're doing great things for our state.

Part of staying safe and healthy is staying informed, and the best way to stay informed is to follow advisories from these state and local health authorities.


NDHH can be reached by phone at
(402) 552-6645 between 8 AM and 8 PM seven days a week, or online at any time at http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx, or at https://www.facebook.com/NEDHHS/.

For guidance on public events and gatherings, please visit the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services' website here


UNMC can be reached for concerns about coronavirus by phone at (402)-559-0041, or online at https://www.nebraskamed.com/COVID.

Additionally, any news updates from Governor Ricketts about the state of Nebraska's response to coronavirus can be found at governor.nebraska.gov.

If you are curious if your health insurance covers healthcare costs related to coronavirus, please see this consumer alert from the Nebraska Department of Insurance. 

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has set up a coronavirus information line to provide residents with answers to general questions and recieve information on available resources. The number to call is (402) 552-6645; hours of operation are 8:00 am - 8:00 pm CT seven days a week. 

In addition to the state information line, Douglas and Lancaster counties have established their own hotlines.
  • Douglas County hotline: (402) 444-3400. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. (English and Spanish)
  • Lancaster County hotline: (402) 441-3400. 

Douglas County has identified locations where individuals who have now tested positive for the COVID-19 have visited. These locations could potentially have high numbers of people exposed in the community that could affect Nebraskans statewide. Please visit https://www.douglascountyhealth.com/latest-news to see if you have visited any of these locations. 

Due to testing limitations, healthcare providers and local health departments are limiting testing to folks with the below qualifications:

  • Hospitalized patients who have shown symptoms compatible with COVID-19.
  • Symptomatic patients with a high risk of contracting COVID-19, such as older adults or those with underlying health conditions.
  • People, including healthcare workers, who whitin 14 days of symptom onset have had close contact with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patient.
  • People who have a history of travel from affected geographic areas (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices#alert) within 14 days of their symptom onset.
  • Other factors may affect testing decisions, such as infections in a certain area where community transmission has been reported.