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Gering Mayor and City Council urge residents to strictly follow CDC guidelines

City officials tell residents to wear masks and social distance as the threat of contracting Covid-19 grows.
Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 1:06 AM CST
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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - Gering Mayor and City Council urge residents to strictly follow CDC recommendations and Nebraska State Directed Health Measures as the number of Covid-19 positives surges in Scotts Bluff County.

In a Thursday press release, city officials reminded locals to wear masks and maintain at least six feet of separation from others by avoiding crowded places, close contact, and confined spaces.

“The increase in cases is putting a serious strain not only on our medical professionals, but also on our first responders,” Mayor Tony Kaufman said, according to the press release. “The City asks that all members of the community be mindful of these facts in order to keep our families, friends and neighbors safe during this pandemic.”

Gering Volunteer Fire Department Chief, Nathan Flowers, emphasized the dire implications of not following public health directives. The Department has already been experiencing a dramatic surge in medical responses over recent weeks, Chief Flowers said in the press release, and the holiday season --with its potential for family and community gatherings-- is still around the corner.

“Our call volume increased by 42% in November alone, due to COVID patients,” Flowers continued. “It is becoming noticeable that our resources are being stretched thin and delayed because of 911 calls... Because it is realistic that an ambulance could be delayed or not available if our residents need them, we are asking the community for their help.”

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