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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

During this time of uncertainty, Merrick Foundation wants to make sure we are keeping our communities up to date.  Our goal of this page is to create an information hub, where community members can go for accurate and truthful information.  If you or your business would like to add information, please email us at merrickfoundation@gmail.com.  If you would like to volunteer for various needs that may come up over the next several weeks, join our volunteer list.  We will connect you with those in need of assistance.


The Central City Mall and City Transit have teamed up to offer a weekly delivery service to those in need.  Click here for instructions and the order form.


How to Protect Yourself

* The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has great information available. Click here to become familiar with their guidelines on how to protect yourself.


Other Online Resources

* Click here to access cases and latest updates from the CDC.

Central District Health Department Update The CDHD serves Hall, Hamilton & Merrick Counties. You can call anytime with questions you have about COVID-19.  During business hours, please call 308-385-5175.  On the weekends/after hours, you can call 308-385-5370.

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Update

* Our local newspaper, The Republican Nonpareil is working to update their site daily, while also conducting local interviews.  Click here to access their website.  News or updates can be emailed to frontpage@hamilton.net or rnnews@hamilton.net. They can also be reached at 308-946-3081.

* If you are looking for information about unemployment insurance, click here.


Central City Public Schools

Central City Public Schools will be offering free meals to District CHILDREN beginning Wednesday, March 25th. Meals will include lunch for the day along with breakfast for the following day. District students/parents may pick up meals outside the 5/6 Middle School Hallway entrance on the west side of campus from 11-12:30pm, the East Elementary entrance from 11-12:30pm, and at North Park from 11:30am-12:30pm. We will be also offering delivery service to those students that are outside the pick-up locations. All sites and delivery will operate Monday through Friday. All meals the first three days will be sack lunches. Beginning the week of March 30th, pick-up sites will serve hot meals and delivery service will only offer sack lunches. So that we can plan for food needs, please email Amber Johnson ajohnson@centralcityps.org (email preferred) or call the elementary at 308-946-3057 if your children will be utilizing this service. You will need to let her know if your child will be eating, how many children, which pick-up site (hot meals), or delivery service (sack lunch only).

Current guidance is that we remain closed until April 30th, but to continue to re-assess the situation. Under the two-week premises of assessment, we will continue to evaluate the situation and we will be prepared to open sooner, if deemed safe to do so. However, we all must be prepared for the reality the school may not re-open this year.

Chamber of Commerce

* They are reaching out to their Chamber members to see how they can be of assistance.

* They are able to share Chamber business related information via email, on their web page and through Facebook.  They would encourage Chamber members to continue letting them know of changes/updates to scheduling.  They can be reached via phone at 308-946-3897 or via email at ccareachamber@gmail.com.

City of Central City 

* All disconnects are suspended for the time being. The bill, however, is still due eventually, so please communicate with the City on your ability to pay. They are working out the specifics/details so more information will be coming.

* They are initiating a three phase plan to address working in the midst of the pandemic.  Currently they are at a Phase 1, which means the outer doors are locked, but the inner doors are unlocked and staff is still working.  Please avoid coming into the office if you can.  Further phases would include locking down the building and segregating staff.

* Each City Department is developing their own three phase plan so that essential services can continue.

* They are working to manage supply chain stock to ensure they have what they need, when they need it.

Economic Development

* The Small Business Administration has developed a website complete with information, including disaster assistance. Click here to access the website.  

* Governor Pete Ricketts has been having several Facebook lives with information on this topic if you’d like to listen in.  Click here for his page.

High Plains Community Schools

On Monday, March 23, HPC plans to begin providing sack breakfast and lunches that will be delivered to students. At this time, for those that sign up, accounts will be charged as if school was in session. If your account needs funds, please deposit in your on-line account, mail funds, or drop off during school office hours. HPC is applying for a waiver in hopes of being able to supply sack meals free of charge in the near future.

If your child will not be at their home address, please provide the alternative address. At this time, HPC will not deliver more than 10 miles outside of district boundaries.  Lunch counts will need to be submitted by noon each day for the next days breakfast and lunch. Please go to hpcstorm.org to provide your lunch count. Location will be at the bottom of the page. For Monday's sack breakfast and lunch, count will need to be completed by noon tomorrow, Friday, March 20.

If you do not wish to fill out the breakfast and lunch count survey but still wish to receive a sack meal, please call the school office by noon.​ Menus will be placed in the daily bulletin.  Current guidance is that we remain closed until April 30th, but to continue to re-assess the situation. Under the two-week premises of assessment, we will continue to evaluate the situation and we will be prepared to open sooner, if deemed safe to do so. However, we all must be prepared for the reality the school may not re-open this year.

Merrick County

The Merrick County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to close all county buildings effective immediately subject to arrangements being made for essential court business and notices being posted accordingly.  All county offices will remain available for appointments as needed and scheduled in advance.

Merrick County Child Development Center

* Working to keep rooms to 10 children or less and will remain open at this time.

Merrick Foundation

* Working to mobilize funds/volunteers so that we can assist in the way that is most beneficial to our community.

* We have reached out to the schools, child care centers and senior centers to let them know we are ready and able to assist when needed.

Merrick Medical Center 

* Limited testing abilities, but hoping that in the next week or two they will have more ability to test for COVID-19 specifically.

* All elective surgeries are being canceled, but other non-elective surgeries and outpatient procedures continue.  If you’re concerned about something you’re supposed to have done at the hospital, please call. They want to continue to serve patients and keep them healthy so they’re trying to do the procedures and visits that they can do safely.

* Other lab tests are being performed to confirm other viruses and rule out COVID-19.

* Screening of all staff/patients/visitors is ongoing.

* Blood drives are critically important and hospitals still need blood.  Donate if you can.

* Call the Clinic during the day (308-946-3845) and the Hospital at night (308-946-3015) if you have any questions/concerns about whether you have COVID-19.

Nebraska Christian Schools

Remote learning will continue at Nebraska Christian Schools. Current guidance is that our campus remain closed until April 30th, but to continue to re-assess the situation. Under the two-week premises of assessment, we will continue to evaluate the situation and we will be prepared to open sooner, if deemed safe to do so. However, we all must be prepared for the reality the school may not re-open this year.

Palmer Child Care

* Closed as of 3/25/2020.

Palmer Public Schools

Current guidance is that we remain closed until April 30th, but to continue to re-assess the situation. Under the two-week premises of assessment, we will continue to evaluate the situation and we will be prepared to open sooner, if deemed safe to do so. However, we all must be prepared for the reality the school may not re-open this year.

Starting April 1st Palmer School and school food service would like to help out if needed with lunch and breakfast options for school aged children. This is available for all Palmer students at no charge. We will offer curbside pickup from 11:30-12:00 or delivery. We will be preparing on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. These School meals will also be prepared following our nutritional guidelines.

Breakfast will be take and bake (heat up yourself) or cold. You will receive those at lunch time for the next day or two. Lunch will be a cold meal a few times a week or a hot meal a few times a week (which would be the days of receiving). Some could possibly be take and bake (heat yourself).
We will do our best for quality, with the understanding that hot foods may be held for an amount of time during pick-up or delivery.
Please keep this as a reference:

***Monday you will get breakfast for Tuesday and Wednesday. Also Monday you will get lunch for Monday and Tuesday.
***Wednesday you will get breakfast for Thursday and Friday. Also Wednesday you will get lunch for Wednesday and Thursday.
***Friday you will get breakfast for Monday. Also Friday you will get lunch for Friday.

Lunch will be a hot meal on the days of delivery / pickup and a cold or take and bake (heat yourself/ meal for the next days.
You will need to call the school by 3 p.m. on the day before we prepare to reserve your meals.
**Call Friday by 3:00 for meals prepared on Monday.
**Call Tuesday by 3:00 for meals prepared on Wednesday.
**Call Thursday by 3:00 for meals prepared on Friday.

Don't forget to refrigerate your meals when they arrive, if not eaten.
Please let they school know of any interest or to order your meals by Tuesday the 31st at 3:00.
Thank you for your understanding in this time of uncertainty.

The Palmer staff would also like to help our community in any way we can. Palmer has been so supportive of its school, we’d love to show our support for all of you! Please let us know if there is anything we can do to assist our families. We could grocery shop for you, deliver your takeout meal, pick up your mail, provide a ride, etc. Please don’t hesitate to call if you need something we can help with. Call 308-894-3065 from 8:00-4:00, or leave a message. Please pass this info on to others in the community who may not have internet.

Senior Center 

* To-Go Meals are available each day from 12:00-12:30 at The Good Life Center.  Those who are in need of a meal will have it delivered to their car and then are to return home.  Only one meal per person can be served.  Menus for each week will be given on Friday, posted in the newspaper and in our newsletter.  If you would like a meal, please call by 2pm the day before to reserve your meal.  The Senior Center's number is 308-946-5176.

* Home delivered meals will continue, and the delivery person will leave the food by the door and wait for a response.


Merrick County Business/Organization Updates

Our Impact

  • Community Grants Awarded

    $222716

  • Scholarships Awarded

    $140425

  • Students Impacted

    175

  • Total Funds Distributed

    $2495053

  • Funds Managed for Others

    $1724532

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