The Phelps-Gosper Extension Offices offer the following websites and information as resources for information on COVID-19.

 We are all navigating through these uncertain times together and it is okay to ask for help if things get too overwhelming. If you recognize someone in distress, use a caring approach in listening to them, then connect them to resources:

  • Rural Response Hotline:  800-464-0258
  • Nebraska Family Helpline:  888-866-8660
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline:  800-273-8255
Coronavirus Information
  1. Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services  website
  2. U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention  website
  3. CDC Coronavirus Facts
  4. Two Rivers Public Health Department - the latest information for the area including Phelps and Gosper County, as well as Buffalo, Dawson, Franklin, Harlan and Kearney counties.
Coping In A World of Uncertainty...  

Rhonda Herrick,  Nebraska Extension Educator

Families around the country are trying to find a new normalcy to daily life due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. With many events being canceled and schools and businesses closed, families are suddenly thrust into a new normal. With this comes uncertainty, stress and anxiety.

In order for families to adapt, it is important to stay focused on what is possible in order to reinforce a sense of control, to reassure children that they are okay, and that the situation will get better, according to the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Children look to adults on how they deal with stressful and uncertain situations. Teaching children positive preventive measures can help reduce anxiety.

Here are some tips that the NASP suggest that can help:

  • Stay calm, listen and offer reassurance.
  • Be a role model. Children will react to and follow your reactions.
  • Be aware of how you talk about COVID-19. Your discussion about COVID-19 can increase or decrease your child’s fear.
  • Explain social distancing.
  • Focus on the positive.  Celebrate the fact that you have more time to spend as a family. Make it as fun as possible. Do family projects.
  • Establish and maintain a daily routine. Try to keep meal time and bedtime as close to normal as possible.
  • Identify projects that help others. Write letters to neighbors or others who are alone or to those on the front lines of the pandemic.
  • Explore projects and activities that children or families can do together.

Nebraska Extension is offering many on-line resources for children and families to not only learn, but also have fun in the process, helping to create a new normal and relieve anxiety.

  • A Beautiful Day is a virtual early childhood space designed to connect with children and families in Nebraska and across the world. The space was created as a way to share ideas, to foster learning and play, and to support caregivers experiencing physical distancing. The activities and resources can be found at
  • Nebraska 4-H is offering several on-line learning program.
    • Boredom Busters is offered every Monday and Wednesday at 2 p.m.
    • Living Room Learning is offered every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m.

Go to Nebraska 4-H Facebook page for details.

  • Local programs are being offered by many Nebraska Extension Offices. Call your local office for more information.
  • Practice Good Hygiene. Show children how to wash their hands correctly. Have them sing their ABC’s or sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star twice for a total of 20 seconds. Washing hands multiple times a day.
  • Eat healthy and nutritious foods to build your families immune systems.
  • Most importantly offer lots of love and affection.

 Sources: National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Rhonda Herrick, Extension Educator Kearney/Franklin Counties