COVID-19 community information

Nebraska Medicine and the University of Nebraska Medical Center have led the world in treatment, training and quarantine methods for highly infectious diseases since caring for patients during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. 

Having respiratory symptoms?

If you are experiencing symptoms like:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever

And are age 65 or older, immunocompromised, live in a long-term care facility, or have been diagnosed with:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Chronic kidney disease

Please call 402.559.0041 prior to making a clinic appointment, visiting an Immediate Care Clinic or the emergency room. Our staff will provide a screening evaluation and recommend next steps.

If you are younger than age 65, and otherwise healthy, at this time the best guidance is to stay home, get plenty of rest, drink fluids and take pain and fever medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

If you are not a Nebraska Medicine patient, you are encouraged to call your local primary care provider for guidance.

In order to make room for COVID-19 patients, we're delaying elective procedures, adjusting policies around visiting patients and suspending, closing or moving certain clinics and classes. View a list of our closings and cancellations.

View a map of COVID-19 cases in Nebraska.

Below, our infectious disease experts have answered common questions about the virus, including advice about how to protect yourself, what to do if you're asked to self-quarantine and a list of reliable information sources. 

COVID-19 basics

What coronavirus (COVID-19) is, where the virus comes from and why it's potentially dangerous. 

How COVID-19 spreads

How the virus spreads, including the risk of contracting it by touching packages from overseas or living with pets.

Advice for immunocompromised patients

Our infectious diseases experts outline how immunocompromised patients can protect themselves, and answer common questions. 

COVID-19 prevention and preparedness

How to protect yourself and your family, how health systems are preparing and resources for making travel decisions. 

COVID-19 screening

Details about who should be screened for COVID-19, and how the screening works. 

COVID-19 symptoms and treatment

A list of symptoms, information about who's considered high risk and treatment recommendations. 

Self-quarantine instructions

What to do if you've been told to self-quarantine, how to care for someone who's self quarantined and what to do if you live with someone who's been told to self-quarantine. 

Credible COVID-19 information sources

Links to credible and reliable information sources, including the CDC, WHO and NETEC. 

Information for University of Nebraska students, residents, faculty and staff

Instructions for students, residents, faculty and staff who have recently traveled, or who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Quarantine efforts in Nebraska

Information about those who were treated at the National Quarantine Unit and the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit for COVID-19.