Aug 01, 2020 1:43 AM

WCDHD reports possible exposure to coronavirus at North Platte bar, sand volleyball courts

Posted Aug 01, 2020 1:43 AM

News Release

NORTH PLATTE, Neb.-In continuing our efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our area and protect the health of our community, the West Central District Health Department (WCDHD) is asking for your assistance.

There has been confirmed positive COVID-19 cases of individuals who had visited the following locations:

  1. Sand Volleyball Recreation and Competitive league games (Outdoor Courts on the east side of the Recreation Center, 1300 McDonald Road in North Platte, NE) at 7:30 pm and 8:45 pm CST on 7/23/2020
  2. House Bar, 1601 E 4th Street in North Platte, NE from 12:00 pm- 7:30 pm CST on 7/26/2020

If you have visited the House Bar on 7/26/2020 anytime from 12:00 pm to 7:30 pm CST or the Sand Volleyball games held on 7/23/2020 at 7:30 pm and 8:45 pm CST, please visit https://nalhd.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9yN57GCG24IXVxH and complete the screening questionnaire as soon as possible. Once you have completed the screening questionnaire, you will be contacted by WCDHD for active monitoring and testing availability. If you do not have the capacity to complete the online screening questionnaire, please call 308-696-1201. Contact tracing is a vital tool used by public health departments to contain the spread of disease, and your cooperation will assist the WCDHD trained staff in its case investigation.

Shannon Vanderheiden, Executive Director of WCDHD, states: “There is sufficient evidence that supports the effectiveness of face coverings to contain the spread of infection. In a recent CDC MMWR study, 109 people were exposed to a positive individual, 48% of these people agreed to testing. Of those 48% that completed tested, all tested negative for COVID-19. The investigators found that none of those who were direct contacts or secondary contacts became ill, and all people who volunteered to be tested showed no sign of infection.”

“As we see a significant increase in cases within our area, the wearing of facial coverings is critical now more than ever,” said Shannon Vanderheiden.

We would like to remind the community of the following resources and tools available:

  1. Current Directed Health Measure for the WCDHD jurisdiction: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Documents/WCHD-DHM-August1.pdf
  2. COVID-19 Risk Dial & Community Guidance: https://wcdhd.org/what-we-do/health-services/emergency-preparedness/coronavirus/risk-dial.html

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Three new positive cases in Lincoln County

The first case is a male in his 20s actively isolating at home. The contact type of this case is travel.

The second case is a female in her 60s actively isolating at home. The contact type of this case is considered close contact.

The third case is a female in her 30s actively isolating at home. The contact type of this case is under investigation.

WCDHD Dashboard: https://public.tableau.com/profile/sydney.keller5172…