Nine Central Nebraska Counties To Enter 'Phase 4' Reopening On Friday

(Joe McMullen, NET Nebraska)
July 20, 2020 - 4:27pm

Nine counties in central Nebraska will be the first to move into the final phase of re-opening starting Friday. 

The Phase 4 Directed Health Measure removes nearly all restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, allowing for full-capacity in businesses.

Loup Basin Health Department director Charles Cone said even in his area of the state where they haven’t had as many cases of COVID-19, they still take things seriously.

"At the same time we’re doing this Lincoln-Lancaster is mandating masks to be worn in public. So it looks like the director there and I see things differently, but we don’t," Cone said. "We really see things basically the same, except she’s got a lot of cases and I don’t have any."

Cone said Loup Basin only has five current cases in comparison to the thousands Lincoln has seen. He says he understands Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird’s decision to require masks in indoor public places.

"She needs to do what she needs to do," Cone said. "You watch your bobber and I’ll watch mine kinda goes into effect here."

The Loup Basin Public Health Department is made up of nine counties, including Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Howard and Loup. Around 30,000 people live in those counties.

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