22nd Case of COVID-19 Identified in North Central NE; Person Recently Visited Hooper

22nd Case of COVID-19 Identified in North Central NE; Person Recently Visited Hooper
This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S.

HOOPER – A 22nd case of COVID-19 in Nebraska was announced this afternoon in North Central Nebraska’s Knox county. The infected individual recently visited the Hooper Dollar General.

On Tuesday, March 17th the North Central District Health Department was made aware of a positive COVID-19 case. The infected person is a man in his 30s and a resident of Knox county. This is considered a travel-related case, as the man recently traveled to another state where there is community transmission of COVID-19. He is now self-isolating at home.

NCDHD has initiated contact investigations and have been rapidly assessing potential exposures to determine next steps. All identified close contacts will be contacted, andd will self-quarantine (stay home) and be actively monitored twice daily by public health officials for fever and respiratory symptoms.

At this time, the only known community exposure times related to the case are the following:

• Sunday, March 15th from 9:30 AM-11:30 AM at Country Market in Bloomfield, NE
• Saturday, March 14th from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM at Dollar General in Hooper, NE

If you were present at either location during these periods, please self-monitor for symptoms, and contact your doctor immediately if you begin showing symptoms like fever over 100.4, cough, or shortness of breath. Call your medical provider before seeking treatment in person.