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Southeast Nebraska communities close public buildings because of coronavirus

Southeast Nebraska communities close public buildings because of coronavirus

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Two counties in southeast Nebraska have had public buildings close because of a resurgence of the coronavirus.

A recent spike in cases led Thayer County to close all of its county offices in Hebron earlier this week, a month after they reopened.

“Due to a rapid increase of COVID cases in Thayer County, the Thayer County Commissioners have decided that all Thayer County buildings will be closed to the public until further notice,” a post on the county’s Facebook page said Tuesday.

In Saline County, Crete closed its City Hall just a couple of days after it reopened when a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

On Tuesday, Public Health Solutions, the regional health agency, reported eight cases in Thayer County linked to two golf tournaments, one in Clay Center and one in York. The county has recorded 15 cases over the past two weeks, according to the state’s coronavirus dashboard. Before that, it had only one.

The health agency said it had made more than 100 contact tracing calls related to the two golf tournaments and expects more cases in people who attended one or the other to materialize in the coming days.

On Wednesday, an update said the Thayer County Treasurer’s Office will be closed until July 23. The county reopened its courthouse on June 15 after it had been closed for more than two months.

In Saline County, which is also in the Public Health Solutions district, Crete Mayor Dave Bauer said City Hall will stay closed for the rest of the week out of an abundance of caution.

Saline County had a large COVID-19 outbreak in the spring linked to the Smithfield Foods plant in Crete. The county has reported 19 cases over the past two weeks, after previously recording more than 530.

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