As our country attempts to limit the spread of COVID-19, I wanted to assure you that Sarpy County is taking a number of steps to protect our residents and employees. We are working closely with the Sarpy/Cass Health Department and meeting regularly with Sarpy County Emergency Management, the Sheriff’s Office and public safety agencies from the five Sarpy cities.
We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the public health recommendations from the Sarpy/Cass Health Department. Thank you for your cooperation as we work to slow the spread of this virus and keep our community safe.
Chairman, Sarpy County Board of Commissioners
COVID-19 in Sarpy County
Confirmed cases in the Sarpy/Cass Health Department's Jurisdiction: 13
- Sarpy County: 13
- Cass County: 2
No public access to Sarpy County offices
All Sarpy County's offices are closed to the public at this time. This includes the Sarpy County Courthouse’s Administration wing and annexes, Election Office and Sheriff's Office. Though there is no public access, all offices are staffed and continue to serve the public.
District, County and Juvenile Courts are a function of state government and will remain open. Anyone visiting the courts should use the Courthouse's west entrance, which remains open to the public.
We will continue to evaluate the situation and will follow federals and state public health recommendations on when to reopen.
Sarpy County provides numerous online services that allow you complete your business without having to visit the courthouse. For example, you can renew your vehicle registration, pay your property taxes or search Sarpy County property records. Many forms can be completed directly on Sarpy.com, while others can be completed and emailed to Sarpy County offices.
Links to frequently used services:
- Renew your vehicle registration: dmv.nebraska.gov
- Pay your property taxes: https://apps.sarpy.com/PayTax/
Find other Sarpy County services here.
Hair/nail salons, tattoo shops, massage businesses directed to cease operations
In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Sarpy/Cass Health Department today issued a Directed Health Measure that includes directing businesses that cannot maintain a 6-foot distance to cease operations effective at 12:01 a.m. March 31.
The measure applies to massage therapy, tattoo shops, barbershops, hair/nail salons and other businesses in Sarpy and Cass Counties that cannot operate while maintaining a 6-foot distance.
“The Sarpy/Cass Health Department continues to collaborate with local and state government partners to monitor and respond to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. Our collective priority is to ensure appropriate public health recommendations and requirements are in place to ensure our residents remain as healthy as possible,” the Health Department said in a press release.
The Directed Health Measure will remain in place until April 30, unless otherwise directed.
“Our top priority is a health and safety of our residents,” said Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly. “While we understand the hardship these restrictions put on dedicated, hardworking service professionals in our community, this is the right decision to help slow the spread of the virus. We highly encourage businesses to shut down as soon as possible, as we will begin enforcing this on Tuesday.”
For questions regarding enforcement of the Directed Health Measure, please email [email protected].
Governor extends expiration dates for vehicle titles/registrations
Governor Pete Ricketts issued an executive order to increase flexibility in requirements for Nebraska residents relating vehicle registration requirements. The Governor is extending vehicle titles and registrations expiring on or after March 1. The extension will remain in effect until 30 days after the order is lifted.
Any vehicle title requirements, registrations, in-transit tags or motor carrier temporary documents that expire on or after March 1 will be extended until 30 days after the executive order is lifted.
Does this apply to you? Read the FAQ
County Board meeting changes
Until further notice, the Sarpy Board of Commissioners will meet at 3 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. The next meeting will be April 7.
To remain in compliance with the Governor's order that gathering's be limited to 10 people or less, the Board will hold online meetings. To learn how to join the meeting online, visit here.
Helpline for seniors, caregivers
The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office and Sarpy County Human Services is offering assistance like picking up prescriptions and groceries for older and ill residents during the COVID-19 pandemic event.
Seniors, people who are sick and caretakers of this demographic in Sarpy County may call the Sarpy County Sheriff Helpline at (402) 593-1593. A uniformed Sarpy County Sheriff’s Deputy in a marked cruiser will then pick up and deliver medication, food or other necessities from one of the partnering establishments.
Those who use the helpline must provide their name, address and phone number. Deputies will pick up items that are called in ahead of time and already paid for. They will not shop for residents or pay for the items.
To reduce contact and the spread of COVID-19, Deputies will use drive-thrus when available. They will leave residents’ items at the door and wait to leave until the items are retrieved.
The following grocery stores/pharmaceutical providers are participating in this program:
- All five Sarpy County Walgreens locations for pharmacy orders
- Walmart at 72nd and Centennial in Papillion for pharmacy and grocery (Papillion location only)
- Target location at 84th and Centennial for groceries only
- Baker’s location at 36th and Twin Creek for groceries and pharmacy
- Springfield Drug for prescriptions only
The helpline will be available for requests Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Unless it is an emergency, requests received after 4 p.m. will be addressed the following business day. The helpline is not a substitute for 911 and any threats to life or property should be directed to 911.
Stress and coping
Fear and anxiety about COVID-19 as well as social isolation 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. The CDC offers tips for ways to reduce your stress as well as your children's stress: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html
- Nebraska Family Helpline: 888-866-8660, www.nebraskafamilyhelpline.ne.gov
- Boys Town Hotline: 1-800-448-3000, text “VOICE” to 20121, www.yourlifeyourvoice.org
- 211 Helpline: Call 211, https://www.unitedwaymidlands.org/2-1-1
Governor orders 10-person limit at gatherings, events or businesses
On March 19, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the state’s first Directed Health Measure for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The measure imposes an enforceable limit on public gatherings. This is a necessary step to prevent the spread of a communicable disease. All Sarpy County government entities and the City of Plattsmouth strongly support this order. According to the Governor’s Office, this health measure applies to all communities in Educational Service Units #3 and #19, which includes Cass, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. It will be in effect until April 30, 2020.
Among other steps, the measure requires restaurants and bars in these affected areas to close their dining areas immediately and move to takeout service, delivery and/or curbside service only. The measure further prohibits the gathering of more than ten patrons or customers, excluding staff, in a single room or single space at the same time. This includes, but is not limited to, daycares (including in-home facilities), gymnasiums, salons, fitness centers, auditoriums, stadiums, arenas, large event conference rooms, meeting halls, theaters, libraries or any other confined indoor or outdoor space. Additionally, schools in these areas are directed to operate without students in their buildings. This restriction does not apply to school staff working in school buildings.
This order mandates all local police departments and the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office to enforce the order, which requires these business closings and attendance limits. Liquor, beer and wine sales are restricted to carry-out sales and delivery only, to the extent permitted by law. The health measure also prohibits the onsite consumption of liquor, beer and wine.
The Directed Health Measure does not apply to courts, medical providers, public utilities, critical city and county operations, logistics/distribution centers, congregate living setting, shelters, public transportation, airports, retail, grocery stores, fuel centers, or other spaces where ten or more person may be in transit. It also does not include typical office environments.
For questions regarding enforcement, please email [email protected]
Disaster assistance available for Sarpy businesses economically impacted by coronavirus
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Nebraska small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Pete Ricketts on March 17, 2020.
The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the entire state of Nebraska.
Small businesses, private non-profit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the Coronavirus since Jan. 31, 2020, may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.
The may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
Click here to read the full release from the U.S. Small Business Administration, which includes details such as deadlines and contact information.
Firearms Purchase Certificates
The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office will no longer accept walk-in requests for Firearms Purchase Certificates. If you would like to apply for a Firearms Purchase Certificate, application packets are located in the vestibule of the main entrance of the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office. The packet includes directions on how to fill out the application, information about what documentation is needed, a cover sheet for your name and phone number as well as the the application itself.
Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly issued an Emergency Declaration on March. 17. Click here to read the declaration.
- Sarpy/Cass Health Department: https://www.sarpycasshealthdepartment.org/novel-coronavirus
- University of Nebraska Medical Center: https://www.unmc.edu/index.html
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
The following Sarpy County events and programs have been canceled:
- Sarpy County Stop Classes – starting March 17, classes will be canceled for 60 days
- Public visitations at the Sarpy County jail – We are working on an electronic option for family members to visit with their loved ones.
- Sarpy County Sheriff's Office Impound auction – postponed
- Nebraska Extension's Papillion Office – closed
- Veteran's Service Committee meeting (March 25) – postponed; date TBD
- Sarpy County Diversion Education classes: Canceled through April 30.