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Hebron Learning Center closes due to possible COVID-19 exposure

UPDATE 3/24/2020: A test was returned negative for COVID-19. The Hebron Learning Center will remain closed as Southeast Community College determined March 23 all locations, including Beatrice, Milford and Lincoln campuses, are closed to students and the general public until further notice. Public Health Solutions, while monitoring a number of individuals in its five-county district, has confirmed there are no positive COVID-19 cases. Thayer County is in the PHS district.  


The Southeast Community College Hebron Learning Center was closed Tuesday after the college learned of a center employee’s immediate family member came into contact with someone who may have had COVID-19. The family member was showing symptoms, and tested negative for strep and the flu, prompting a further test for the virus. 

The entire family was instructed to self-quarantine. Test results for the virus were not in as of Thursday morning. The Hebron Journal-Register will provide updates as they become available.

Spokesperson Stu Osterhun said SCC is providing service at their locations, however, the York Learning Center is also closed, albeit for a different reason that does not involve the virus or virus exposure. Classes were cancelled at all facilities and spring break is next week.

The college is remaining open for advising, registration and other services at their Lincoln, Beatrice and Milford campuses, along with learning centers in Falls City, Plattsmouth, Nebraska City and Wahoo.

Osterthun said SCC is following the guidelines surrounding the virus, and knows it’s a stressful situation for everyone. 

“We all just need to be patient and understanding,” he said.