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COVID-19 restrictions easing under new directive

COVID-19 restrictions easing under new directive

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PAPILLION – The public may see certain restrictions eased now that Cass County, and most Nebraska counties, have moved into Phase 4 of the directed health measures by Gov. Pete Ricketts concerning the spread of COVID-19, according to a local health department spokeswoman.

This phase is set to continue through the end of October.

“Restrictions have relaxed,” said Jenny Steventon, assistant health director for the Sarpy/Cass Health Department.

For example, the capacity for indoor gatherings has increased to 75 percent of the rated capacity level, up from 50 percent, Steventon said.

Outdoor gatherings can now have 100 percent of the rated capacity level, she added.

These relaxed restrictions also apply to many businesses. For example, restaurants may now offer buffet service if they so choose, according to Steventon.

However, so-called guidance documents from the state, expected soon, may possibly require certain restrictions on specific businesses not known yet by area health officials, she said.

“They put out guidance documents to be more specific on how directive health measures affect specific industries,” Steventon said.

Meanwhile, as of Tuesday morning, the number of Cass County residents who have tested positive was at 274, compared to 239 two weeks ago. There have been 5,266 residents who have been tested for the virus as of Tuesday. There have been 229 recoveries with two deaths.

“I think Cass County is doing really well,” said County Commissioner Janet McCartney, a member of the health department board.

In Sarpy County as of Tuesday a total of 39,981 residents have been tested with 3,177 positive cases and 2,823 recoveries. There have been 22 deaths.

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