Nebraska Joint Information Center Update

RELEASE DATE: May 26, 2020

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COVID-19 Case Updates

Nebraska         Department of Health and Human Services Dashboard
            12,355 positive tests — 75,687 negative tests  —  150 deaths            

Leading Counties (Cities)

Hospital Beds

Douglas (Omaha)  


Staffed Beds


Dakota (South Sioux City)


Percent of Beds Available


Hall (Grand Island)


Percent of ICU Available


Lancaster (Lincoln)


Percent of Vents Available


Dawson (Lexington)





23 counties report no cases

10 counties have only 1 case



Source: DHHS Dashboard

Colfax (Schuyler)


Platte (Columbus)


Saline (Crete)


Sarpy (Bellevue, Papillion)


Dodge (Fremont)


Madison (Norfolk, Madison)


Adams (Hastings)



United States         Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

                              1,662,414 cases  —  98,261 deaths

Globally                 World Health Organization Situation Report

                              5,304,771 cases  — 342,029 deaths

                              Johns Hopkins University of Medicine COVID-19 Dashboard

                              5,549,131 cases  —  348,224 deaths                            

State of Nebraska Updates

Gov. Pete Ricketts’ Office

NEW At his 2 p.m. news conference today, Gov. Pete Ricketts announced that he had signed an executive order extending expiration dates for driver licenses for citizens 72 and older whose licenses expire this year. Extending the expiration date by a year will make sure seniors do not have to wait in line during the pandemic.

Rhonda Lahm, director of the Department of Motor Vehicles, said the executive order will extend expiration dates for people 72 and older whose license expiration dates fall from March 1 to December 31, 2020.

In addition, Lahm said driver tests will commence Wednesday in courthouses that are open to walk-in traffic. Offices will be opened when local officials make the determination. For more information, visit When tests begin again customers must wear a face covering while testing.

Take a quick five-minute assessment to help determine where COVID-19 testing needs to be scheduled. Nebraskans at risk of exposure to the virus will be contacted to schedule an appointment to get tested. Please go to to get assessed.

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) COVID-19 Information | DHHS News Releases

Department of Corrections

Department of Economic Development

Department of Environment and Energy

Department of Insurance

Department of Labor and

Department of Motor Vehicles      DMV news releases

Gov. Ricketts’ executive order 20-05 extends the expiration date of all valid driver’s licenses, CDLs, state IDs, titles, and registrations due to expire on or after March 1. All credentials will remain valid until 30 days after the order has been lifted.

Department of Natural Resources

To support National Flood Insurance Program policyholders amid the COVID-19 pandemic, FEMA is extending its 30-day grace period for policy renewals up to 120 days. This is effective for National Flood Insurance Program policies with an expiration date between February 13 – June 15, 2020. Visit the FEMA website FEMA also has some guidance on flood insurance claims during this time.  It allows for the claims to be adjusted remotely without an adjustor visiting the property. Please call for more information, 402-471-2363.

Department of Revenue

During the COVID-19 pandemic, as the Nebraska Department of Revenue provides guidance, direction, or pertinent public information such items may be found here. The most current information will be posted to the department’s website under “Featured Information”. Taxpayer Assistance is also available online and by phone, and contact information may be found here.

Department of Transportation            

The Traffic Count Dashboard will be updated weekly and can be viewed using the following link:


The Nebraska Lottery mobile app has been updated with a Ticket Scanner feature. Players can check their Scratch and Lotto tickets for prizes and save a trip to a retailer. Visit for more information. Nebraska Lottery players with prizes up to $19,999 are encouraged to claim by mail. Instructions for claiming prizes by mail can be found at .

Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NCDHH)

Nebraska Emergency Management Agency

Nebraska Military Department

The Nebraska National Guard has approximately 400 Airmen and Soldiers currently on duty for COVID-19 response efforts. A total of 608 have served in state response efforts to date, providing mobile testing, distributing PPE, and assisting food banks. The Nebraska National Guard will be updating this album with photos throughout the COVID-19 response.

Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office

To obtain a PDF copy of the Nebraska State Fire Marshal Office’s electronic burn permit, contact Assistant State Fire Marshal Doug Hohbein by email at The issuance and use of electronic burn permits will terminate 30 days after the COVID-19 declared State of Emergency has been withdrawn.

Nebraska State Patrol

Nebraska State Troopers continue to assist the state’s COVID-19 response by providing on-site security at several testing locations throughout the state Troopers have also taken on the task of transporting test samples collected at various testing locations to the state testing lob at St. Elizabeth’s Regional Medical Center as part of the Test Nebraska initiative. Troopers and Investigators also remain focused on the mission of keeping Nebraska safe. If anyone needs assistance on the road or sees an impaired or dangerous driver, they can call *55 or 800-525-5555 to reach the NSP Highway Helpline.

State Treasurer’s Office         402-471-8497 or 877-572-9688

Office of the Chief Information Officer

Public Service Commission — The PSC is reminding natural gas customers that a moratorium suspending residential disconnections of natural gas services for non-payment for Black Hills Energy and Northwestern Energy customers remains in place through June 1, 2020. Read more @

State Partner Updates

American Red Cross   Sign up to donate plasma

Nebraska Food Security Task Force — To donate:

Visit Food Bank for the Heartland

or the Food Bank of Lincoln

Nebraska Impact and its COVID-19 Relief Fund is raising funds to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in Nebraska. To donate, visit

Natural Resources Districts (NRDs):

NRD recreation areas across Nebraska are open, but may have closures and limitations on facilities. Call the local NRD to ask about camping, bathrooms, water access, etc. Find a list of NRD recreation areas at

  • Nebraska Family Helpline: 1-888-866-8660

  • Rural Response Hotline (for Farmers and Ranchers): 1-888-464-0258

University of Nebraska Medical Center | Nebraska Medicine

Federal Partners

Federal Emergency Management Agency     Rumor Control     How to Help

Center for Disease Control and Prevention     Guidance on daily life and coping

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Internal Revenue Service

National Institutes of Health

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)   COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)/Center for Disease Control

U.S. Department of Treasury Resources for Financial Relief      Assistance for Small Businesses.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Coronavirus Veteran FAQ

U.S. Food and Drug Administration   Food Safety and COVID_19    FDA COVID-19 webpage

U.S. Small Business Administration

Other Resources

Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 map with world case information      Johns Hopkins Resource Center.

Mayo Clinic information about COVID-19       COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool      website

World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 Pandemic information    Public Advice