Health officials warn of unhealthy air quality

OMAHA, Neb. – Like much of the rest of the state, Douglas County has reached the “unhealthy” rating for its local Air Quality Index.

Lincoln-Lancaster County has also issued a similar alert.

Smoke continues to filter into much of Nebraska from wildfires in Canada and the western United States, causing hazy and unhealthy air quality.

The updated AQI means that everyone may begin to experience health effects from the reduced air quality. Members of sensitive groups – such as persons with heart and lung disease, older adults, and children – may experience more serious health effects.

“This situation is not something that often happens in our community,” said Russ Hadan, Supervisor of Air Quality for the Douglas County Health District. “From the data I’ve seen, it appears this will be with us all day. People need to be aware of this situation for their health and safety.”

The public is advised to minimize outdoor activities as long as this condition remains.