COVID-19 surge forces changes for City of Kearney

Library, other offices, to close
City of Kearney declares a state of emergency. (KSNB)
City of Kearney declares a state of emergency. (KSNB)(KSNB)
Published: Oct. 12, 2020 at 1:04 PM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The City of Kearney is closing a number of their offices to the public, as well as the public library, as they experience a surge in positive COVID-19 cases.

The City listed the changes to office hours and practices in a Monday afternoon announcement. Among them are:

  • City Hall Services available from offices located in City Hall, including Finance, Development Services and Administration, will be available by appointment only. Please contact Departments within City Hall to make an appointment. Phone numbers are Administration (308) 233-3215, Development Services (308) 233-3234, Finance (308) 233-3240 or (308) 233-3221.
  • Kearney Public Library will be closed to the public effective Tuesday, October 13. In an effort to continue to serve the public while the building remains closed, the library is continuing curb-side pickup. Patrons may place items on hold to be picked up curbside. Patrons may place items on hold via phone, website, and the app. Once items have been pulled you will be notified by text, email or phone (whatever you have chosen).
  • Patrons should call the library when they arrive outside the west doors. Items may be picked up Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Service is limited to up to 20 items at a time. Be prepared to show us your library card or photo I.D. when picking up items. Returns or fine payments will not be part of curbside pick-up service. Late fees are being suspended until the library reopens. Please do not use this service if you think you are sick. We provide services, solutions, and opportunities for our community. To place holds by phone or for more information please call us at 308-233-3282. Information on digital services can be found at the library web site.
  • The Bookmobile will continue normal operation.
  • Effective Monday, October 12, the City of Kearney Public Works Department, located at 1919 15th Avenue, is closed to the public.
  • Also effective Monday, October 12, the City of Kearney Utilities Department, located at 1220 E 26th Street, is closed to the public.

In the release, city officials encouraged everyone to call, email or use on-line services when available. They are attempting to limit access to City Hall and other City buildings.

Officials are also strongly recommending everyone wear a face covering and practice social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

In the most recent daily update from the Two Rivers Public Health Department, there were 45 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Buffalo County on Sunday. For the past seven days, there have been a total of 194 cases reported to the department.

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