The North Bend Eagle


Dodge, Saunders under new DHM

by Nathan Arneal
Published 5/6/20

Dodge County has seen a spike in positive COVID-19 tests, jumping from 18 to 126 cases in a two-week span that ended May 4. This includes two mass testing events in Fremont that tested a total of 237 people, returning 83 positive tests.

“Assume that COVID-19 is present in all our communities and conduct yourself accordingly,” warns Three River Public Health Department.

As of Monday morning, local hospitals reported 551 medical surge beds were available and 63 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19. Of the 349 ventilators available to area hospitals, 85 were in use, including 16 for confirmed COVID-19 patients.

Individual Directed Health Measures have been issued by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for each of the 19 local health districts in the state. These DHMs took effect Monday.

While some DHMs include a considerable relaxing of restrictions, the Three Rivers DHM, which covers Dodge, Saunders and Washington counties, remains more restrictive than most. The more relaxed DHM takes effect locally May 11.

Among the conditions in the current DHM for Dodge and Saunders counties are:

• Gatherings of 10 or more people remain prohibited.

• No on site consumption of liquor, beer or wine sales are permitted.

• Restaurants are restricted to carry-out, drive-through and delivery only.

• Elective surgeries are allowed if the facility is able to dedicate 30% of its general bed capacity, ICU and ventilator capacity for non-elective procedure patients.

• Individuals who test positive for COVID-19, or have a fever of above 100.4 degrees or a sudden onset of cough or shortness of breath and anyone who lives with them must quarantine in their home for at least 14 days.

• All beauty or nail salons, barber shops, massage therapy, indoor theaters and tattoo parlors are closed.

• All team sports, youth and adult, are suspended.

• Church services, weddings and funerals are allowed but six feet of separation shall be maintained between households.

Failure to comply with these orders will result in legal action. This DHM will remain effective in Dodge, Saunders and Washington counties until May 10 unless renewed, extended or terminated by another order.

A new DHM takes effect in the Three Rivers Health Department territory on May 11.

At that point, beauty and nail salons, barber shops, massage therapy and tattoo parlors may reopen on a limited basis. Both workers and patrons will be required to wear masks.

Restaurants may resume dine-in service for up to 50% of their rated occupancy maximum. Dining parties are limited to six people and must be separated by six fee from other parties.
Childcare facilities will be permitted to have up to 15 kids per room.

The full text of the DHM can be found on the COVID-19 page of

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