Pilot program offers help to first responders, aims to reduce COVID-19 spread

Posted at 1:44 PM, Apr 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-11 14:44:39-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced a pilot program to help first responders deal with potential exposure to COVID-19.

According to DHHS, the program will aid in reducing coronavirus spread by providing first responders with accommodations to quarantine at participating hotels in an effort to protect their families from exposure.

"Should a first responder begin showing signs of COVID-19 they will be able to self-isolate and receive appropriate care if needed. Accommodations are for those frontline employees who cannot quarantine at home or cohabitate with someone who is deemed high-risk," said DHHS in a press release.

Individuals who are interested should call 833-220-0018 to request a room.

The line will be staffed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Messages left after-hours will be returned the following day.

DHHS said turnaround time for a site placement won't be immediate, but will be within 24 hours.

The sites are not open to the general public.

Workers in Lancaster County must coordinate directly with their employer.

Upon arrival, those checking in will be asked to show their employee ID to verify registration.

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