New Coronavirus Starting May 4 In The PanhandlePosted by John AxtellDate: April 24, 20205 ViewsThe Panhandle has been proactive in working together to flatten the curve to protect the Panhandle. Thank you to each of you for doing your part.Please know that the risk of exposure to COVID-19 has not been reduced. This DHM leads us into a new phase of developing a new ‘normal’ – a way to move forward. Also, know that if we see an increase in exposures and the threat of overwhelming our hospitals, the DHM will become stricter. The phase we are moving into is a true balancing act, and we need your help.The Governor is issuing a separate Directed Health Measures (DHM) for each health district.Panhandle Public Health District’s DHM starts May 4thElective Medical and Dental Surgeries & ProceduresHospitals can resume elective surgeries and procedures if they maintain 30% general bed availability, 30% ICU bed availability, 30% ventilator availability, and have a two-week supply of necessary PPE in their specific facilityNebraska Dental Association Interim Guidance for Minimizing Risk of COVID-19 Transmission is available at https://www.nedental.org/member-center/covid-19-updateChurchesWill expand to 6-foot separation ruleChurches will need to ensure six feet of separation between different household unitsNo passing of any items amongst congregantsWill include funerals and weddingsAn expanded guidance document will be provided soonBeauty/nail salons, barber shops, massage therapy services, tattoo parlors/studiosWill be included in the 10 Person RuleWill remain closed until May 4Both workers and patrons will be required to wear masksThere is guidance on the CDC website on how to make cloth masks; there is a no-sew version.RestaurantsWill be allowed dine-in options if all of the following conditions are metLimited to 50% of rated occupancy maximum at a time6 feet separation between seating of different partiesMaximum of six individuals in a dining party (groups larger than six will need to split into multiple tables)Self-serve buffets and salad bars are prohibited. Restaurant staff must serve food directly to customers or implement buffet orders from the customer table. No customer self-service.Bar seating not permittedPatrons may only consume alcohol on-premise if also consuming a mealBars that do not serve food will remain limited to carry-out sales and delivery onlyDaycare FacilitiesWill expand to not more than 15 kids per room/space.All other state provisions, statutes, regulations, including child to staff ratios, still applyOther closuresBars, Gentleman’s Clubs, Bottle Clubs, Indoor Movie Theaters, Indoor Theaters will remain closed until May 31st but subject to change before that dateWe will continue to work with partners to provide additional guidance in preparation for the DHM to go into effect on May 4.All Panhandle residents are encouraged to Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected. What does this mean to you?Stay HomeStay home whenever possibleAvoid gathering in any groupsDo not visit or host people who do not live with youStay HealthyKeep at least 6 feet distance from anyone you don’t live withCover your nose and mouth with a cloth mask when you are out in publicWash your handsStay home if you are sick or if someone in your home is sickStay ConnectedStay in touch with friends and loved onesCheck in on people who may be alone or need helpPanhandle Public Health District, Region 21, 22, and 23 Emergency Management, and Scotts Bluff County Health Department are working as a unified command on this evolving situation. Important updates will be regularly communicated to the public and community partners.For the most up to date information from the CDC, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.htmlPanhandle Public Health District is working together to improve the health, safety, and quality of life for all who live, learn, work, and play in the Panhandle. Our vision is that we are a healthier and safer Panhandle Community. Visit our website www.pphd.org.