City of Kearney COVID-19 Updates
There are one hundred and forty-six (146) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Buffalo County as of 8:00 a.m. on May 27, 2020.
Visit Two Rivers Health Department for official case information and updates.
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May 28, 2020
View the City of Kearney COVID-19 Press Conference Summary here.
May 1, 2020
Directed Health Measure extended until May 31,2020.
View guidelines for the conduct of faith-based services including weddings and funerals held in houses of worship here.
April 3, 2020
Meadowlark Hills Golf Course is closed until further notice.
Mayor Clouse and City Manager, Michael W. Morgan, provided a State of the City update. You can view the document here.
April 2, 2020
Additional Directed Health Measures Enacted
The additional DHM includes requirements where a minimum social distance of six feet between attendees at gatherings must be maintained. This requirement includes but is not limited to beauty salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors, message therapy offices and other businesses in the beauty service industry. View our full Directed Health Measure Q & A.
Peterson Senior Center; Deb Eirich, (308) 233-3290
The meal program offered at the Peterson Senior Activity Center will end on Friday, April 3, until further notice. Patrons are encouraged to utilize the Hot Meals program. Meals are free and can be picked up at the Museum of Nebraska Art, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Meals are also being delivered throughout Kearney. Contact the Jubilee Center, at 308-234-3880, by 1:30 p.m. the day before, for Hot Meals delivery.
Sanitation; Steve Hart, (308) 233-3206
The City of Kearney Sanitation and Recycling Division would like assistance from the community to better protect Sanitation and Recycling employees. Starting immediately, all customers that are experiencing the symptoms or are quarantined due to the coronavirus should double bag all infectious waste products such as: facial tissues, sanitary wipes, diapers, and other items that the person having symptoms has utilized.
Additionally, if this person’s household participates in the city’s recycling program, they should immediately suspend their recycling effort and continue this suspension for at least 2 weeks after all members of the residence are clear of the virus symptoms. All material that would normally be recycled should be placed in the household refuse container. These efforts are to reduce the spread of the virus by contact of items that may have been exposed to the virus from the carrier. The City of Kearney realizes that the recycling program is very important but due to the health concerns, the city feels these steps are needed to protect everyone.
The Sanitation and Recycling Division greatly appreciates everyone’s assistance in helping control the spread of the virus. Please continue to monitor the media for any other news releases notifying customers of changes within service policies.
April 1, 2020
Park & Recreation; Scott Hayden, (308) 233-3228
Playgrounds are now closed until further notice. Park benches and outdoor equipment should be avoided until further notice, because it is not feasible to clean and sanitize on a regular basis. All park restrooms will remain closed until further notice.
Kearney Police Department; Bryan D. Waugh, (308) 233-5265
In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Kearney Police Department and Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office are changing the way we accept and handle applications for Firearms Purchase Certificates. Walk-In requests for Firearms Purchase Certificates are no longer accepted. These steps are being taken to limit the need for citizens to visit the Law Enforcement Center. Application packets are now located in the lobby of the Law Enforcement Center Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – Noon, or online. The online option is the preferred method to obtain the application packet. The packet includes instructions on how to fill out the application, information about what documentation is needed, a contact sheet for the applicant name and phone number, as well as the application itself. Once complete, the application should be mailed back to the address provided with appropriate payment method.
Online Kearney Applications and instructions are available by visiting http://www.cityofkearney.org/1894/Firearm-Purchase-Permit and returning the application by mail.
Online Buffalo County Applications and instructions are available by visiting https://www.buffalocounty.ne.gov/files/Sheriff/2020/Firearm%20application.pdf and returning the application by mail.
March 31, 2020
Confirmed Community Spread of COVID-19 and Directed Health Measures
A community-transmitted case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was identified in Buffalo County. Community transmission is when people have COVID-19 but public health officials are unable to identify how or where they became infected.
In coordination with the office of Governor Pete Ricketts, Two Rivers Public Health Department will be enacting Directed Health Measures on all seven counties in the district. These counties include Buffalo, Dawson, Franklin, Gosper, Harlan, Kearney, and Phelps.
Directed Health Measures impose enforceable limits on public gatherings. Directed Health Measures require restaurants and bars to close dining areas immediately and move to take out service, delivery, and/or curbside services only until further notice. In accordance with these measures, schools are directed to operate without students in the buildings, but allows school staff to continue working within the building. These directed health measures do not apply to daycares per executive order, which can be found here.
Who does the Directed Health Measure apply to?
It applies to places such as theaters, churches, houses of worship, gyms, social clubs, salons, and social gatherings, including weddings, funerals, concerts, and athletic events. This is not an exhaustive list, but illustrates the types of locations the DHM applies to.
Do I need to shut down my bar or restaurant?
At bars and restaurants, it applies to patrons, not to your workforce. Restaurants and bars are encouraged to ask their patrons if they can prepare their order for takeout upon arrival. Restaurants will play a key part in feeding people throughout the pandemic.
Do I need to shut down my daycare?
No. DHHS has issued new guidance that daycares need to follow. You can find it by clicking here.
City of Kearney
City Clerk, Lauren Brandt, (308) 233-3216
Kearney City Council will host a Special City Council meeting on Friday, April 3 at 12:00 p.m. To access this meeting please use the following information:
Using GoToMeeting (no account/subscription/payment required):
• View from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
• View through the GoToMeeting App: 773-693-677 (known as the Meeting ID)
• Listen to audio only through your phone: 1-224-501-3412
- Access Code: 773-693-677 followed by the pound or hash sign
Information Technology; Nate Mollring, (308) 234-8082
Kearney Public Library has installed a dedicated WiFi for the public that covers the west parking lot. Also, WiFi is available at Kearney Public Library in the North and East parking areas. In addition, the following locations have low strength/bandwidth WiFi near the main building at each location:
Harmon Park Activity Center
Memorial Ball Field
West Lincoln Park
Kearney Public Library; Matthew Williams, (308) 233-3280
To ensure the health and safety of library staff and citizens, Kearney Public Library will remain closed through May 10, 2020. The book drop will remain closed and we will not be accepting returns. No fines will accrue during the closing.
We will continue our online presence, including the online catalog and online databases, as well as access to Overdrive and RBdigital for eBooks and downloadable audio books. Phone access for staff help will also be available. Staff will also be creating more online activities for the public using our YouTube channel and Facebook.
March 25, 2020
City of Kearney offices will be closed on Fridays. Hours will be Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. until further notice. During open hours, offices will remain closed to the public.
Park & Recreation
Although City of Kearney parks remain open for outdoor activities and exercise, users are advised to avoid contact with common surfaces such as playground equipment, benches, and sports equipment. Plastic is used extensively within City of Kearney playgrounds and COVID-19 can live up to three days on its surface, according to a new study from the National Institutes of Health, Centers of Disease Control (CDC), University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and Princeton University scientists in the New England Journal of Medicine. Patrons are also advised to practice social distancing while utilizing the parks and the trails. Drinking fountains will remain off until further notice. The restrooms at the Harmon Activity Center, ERC Building at Yanney Park, and Cottonmill Lodge will remain open for the time being, and are accessible from the outside. All other park restrooms will remain closed until further notice. Please contact the Kearney Park and Recreation Department, at (308) 237-4644, for further information.
March 23, 2020
In an effort to assist our citizens, the City of Kearney has created a direct email address for all inquiries related to COVID-19. Utilizing this email address will allow City staff to respond directly to each email and provide resources needed for citizens whether it be from the City or surrounding organizations whom are providing aid to those in need.
“We are committed to providing resources to our community” said City Manager, Mike Morgan. “Providing an outlet where our citizens can connect directly to City staff is a great way to keep our communication open and allows us the opportunity to connect those in need to resources we know are available throughout our community.”
Mayor, Stan Clouse added, “We are exceptionally proud of how the community has stepped up and come together to help those in need.”
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To ensure the health and safety of library staff and citizens, we will be no longer be offering curbside-pickup as of Wednesday, March 25, at noon. We will also be locking our book drop and will not be accepting returns. No fines will accrue during the closing.
We will continue our online presence, including the online catalog and online databases, as well as access to Overdrive and RBdigital for eBooks and downloadable audio books. Phone access for staff help will also be available.
March 19, 2020
On March 17, 2020 Governor Ricketts issued an executive order permitting local governmental boards, commissions and other public bodies to meet by videoconference, teleconference or other electronic means through May 31, 2020. As a result, the following public meetings will be conducted through teleconference means and will not be held in Council Chambers located in City Hall:
• Kearney Planning Commission scheduled for 9:00 a.m., Friday, March 20, 2020; and
• Kearney City Council scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020.
How are these meetings available to public?
• Using a phone, call (224) 501-3412. You will be prompted to provide the following access code: 773-693-677 by using your phone’s keypad.
For more information about this public meeting process, view the Press Release here.
March 18, 2020
Effective at 5:00 p.m. on March 18, 2020, all City of Kearney offices are closed to the public until further notice. The only expections are the Cemetery Office, Fire Department Lobby and the Law Enforcement Center.
During this time we encourage citizens to call or email if you need assistance.
Important Phone Numbers:
City Hall (General Information): (308) 233-3215
Finance: (308) 233-3240 and (308) 233-3221
Development Services: (308) 233-3232
Park & Recreation: (308) 237-4644
Cemetery: (308) 233-3244
Peterson Senior Center: (308) 233-3290
Utilities: (308) 233-3259
The City of Kearney promotes – SLOW THE SPREAD – PHONE FIRST
March 17, 2020
On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the City of Kearney declared a Local State of Emergency due to the threat of COVID-19 and is implementing additional closures and safety measures in order to slow the spread of the virus.
The City of Kearney has prepared a written document for citizens to reference in regards to the changes to our programs in facilities in response to COVID-19.
City of Kearney Press Conference: Tuesday, March 17, 2020