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Boone County part of statewide DHM declaration

Boone County Health Center has a COVID-19 health message near the door to its Respiratory and Fever Clinic. Even though there were no reported cases as of Tuesday, the health center is no longer allowing visitors.
Effective Friday, April 3, Gov. Pete Ricketts ordered all Nebraska counties to comply with the state’s Directed Health Measures (DHMs) to help reduce the spread of coronavirus across the state until at least May 11.
That order now includes Boone County and 65 other Nebraska counties that did not yet have a reported active case of COVID-19.
Active cases were reported in the neighboring counties of Madison (5), Platte (3) and Antelope (1).
The state had a total of 447 active cases of COVID-19 and 10 deaths as of Tuesday.
The DHM applies to places such as theaters, churches, houses of worship, gyms, social clubs, salons, and social gatherings, including weddings, funerals, concerts, and athletic events.
One critically important way to slow the spread of respiratory viral infections, like COVID-19, is to reduce close contact (increasing social distancing), which is the intent of the DHM.