Three Rivers PHD Monitoring 2019 Novel Coronavirus Situation

There is an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new type of coronavirus, called 2019-nCOV, first identified in Wuhan, China. Three Rivers Public Health Department (3RPHD) is working closely with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NE DHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to closely monitor the situation.

If you have returned from mainland China affected by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in the last 14 days, it is recommended that you self-isolate, practice social distancing, and be actively monitored for the onset of symptoms related to 2019-nCoV. Please contact Three Rivers Public Health Department for guidance and next steps at 402-727-5396 or 866-727-5396.

If you have returned from mainland China in the last 14 days and have symptoms possibly related to 2019-nCoV, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have been to China in the last 14 days. This will help the healthcare provider take steps to keep other people from being exposed. Put on a facemask before entering the facility.

“Since it is cold and flu season, you may experience similar symptoms to the coronavirus. Unless you have traveled to the affected areas in the world, or have been in close contact to someone exposed there is little concern for exposure to 2019-nCoV,” Terra Uhing, Executive Director for 3RPHD said.

As with all respiratory illnesses, it is good practice to wash your hands often, stay away from people that appear ill, or have been ill and stay home if you are sick.

3RPHD is taking proactive preparedness precautions by monitoring the situation, enhancing disease surveillance, working with area healthcare providers, and keeping the public informed. The most up-to-date information will be made available on the 3RPHD website at