City of Kearney COVID-19 Updates

Updates: COVID-19

There are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Buffalo County as of 2:00 p.m. on March 22, 2020.

Visit Two Rivers Health Department for official case information and updates.

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.”

Please email covid19@kearneygov.org if you are needing assistance.

Library 

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

EMERGENCY DECLARATION

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.

Communication 

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