Platte, Colfax, Boone, Nance Counties Under Directed Health Measure

COLUMBUS- That is East Central District Health Department Chief Public Health Officer Chuck Sepers at a press conference Friday.

Under the Directed Health Measure, all public gatherings within the jurisdiction of the East Central District Health Department with an expected presence of more than 10 patrons, customers or other invitees, excluding staff, are prohibited. Liquor, beer, and wine sales are restricted to carry-out sales and delivery only, to the extent permitted by law. Food and beverage sales at restaurants, bars, taverns, private clubs, and any dine-in establishments are restricted to carry-out, drive-thru, and delivery only. Sepers says a number of businesses that can’t operate without following the guidelines of the 6 foot social distancing rules will be forced to close…

Columbus Community Hospital has begun an outside triage where a nurse is onsite to check symptoms of patients. Columbus Community Hospital President Mike Hanson said CCH has already done over 100 tests so far. Hanson went on to say CCH has identified two alternative care sites that the hospital could use if cases surge…

Columbus Public Schools Superintendent Troy LoPlaeffelholz says the Grab and Go Program will continue to Friday, May 22nd and then the Summer Lunch Program will begin. According to Loeffelholz, in the last two weeks, the Grab and Go program has served over 30,000 meals to students.

The City of Columbus has developed a program with Hy-Vee to assist the most vulnerable individuals with grocery shopping. In order to curtail the spread of the virus as much as possible, City employees who are currently not performing their normal duties due to closures of City facilities will be taking grocery orders by phone and delivering those grocery orders to homes. This service is for Columbus residents over the age of 65, or those with underlying health conditions. At this time, Hy-Vee has a capacity to take 20 orders per day through this program. The City will be attempting to implement this program with other grocery stores in Columbus. To Order, Call 402-562-4212, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

On Monday, City Officials will hold a press conference at 4:00 p.m. to address the effect COVID-19 is having on local businesses. The press conference will be broadcast live on KLIR-101.