Panhandle Businesses and Employers are critical to help "flatten the curve."

May 26, 2020 Updated

Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers conduct a range of operations and services important to maintaining many critical functions. We strongly advise employees and employers be extra precautionary during this critical time.

Construction workers, truck drivers, railroad workers, drilling companies, grocery store employees, delivery services, manufacturing, anything ag-related, and many more, please heed the following:

  • Monitor your temperature twice a day, overall symptoms frequently.
    • If you are experiencing symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, diarrhea), absolutely immediately call your local healthcare facility or our 24/7 number at 308-262-5764 before going to work.
    • If you know you’ve been in direct contact with someone that’s tested positive for COVID-19, immediately call your supervisor before going to work.
  • Wear a cloth mask at work and when out in public. 
  • While conducting essential travel, stay at least six feet away from others, wash or sanitize your hands frequently, regularly sanitize frequently touched items like the steering wheel, blinkers, and other things in truck/work vehicles.
  • When you are not at work, stay home and away from others.
  • Employers: please DO NOT request a doctor’s note for documentation of an illness during this time. We DO NOT want to use our healthcare system in this way. If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, we will provide employer documentation upon employee request.

We are entering a very critical point in how we prevent exposure to COVID-19 in the Panhandle and it will take ALL of us being extra precautionary.

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    Current Guidance

    • OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 
    • Newly updated resource that’s currently in draft format but being created by UNMC for processing plants. Please see the checklist and playbook. Some may find it particularly helpful for similarly situated businesses - Checklist  : Playbook

    Employer Resources - Updated 04.23.2020

    With the coronavirus that is now prevalent in our state, there are concerns that some employers will need to downsize due to the affected economy. 

    COVID-19 Workplace Investigations 

    Download the flyer for your business

    Nebraska Chamber Tools for Business

    Comparison of COVID-19 Loan Programs - Forgiveness Terms

    Nebraska Chamber Resources for Unemployment Programs

    Small businesses and private nonprofit organizations of any size can apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan at  Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email

    The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has teammates available to assist businesses with their questions.  Contact information for DED’s regional development team can be found on DED’s COVID-19 website at  The webpage also has information on SBA resources.

    Federal Legislation

    Stress and Coping

    The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. 

    Things you can do to support yourself: 

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