3RPHD: Twelve Tested, Twelve Negative in Dodge, Washington and Saunders Counties

FREMONT – Three Rivers Public Health Department (3RPHD) who serves Dodge, Saunders and Washington counties has released those exposed on February 29th from quarantine. 

As of Monday afternoon, there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases within the 3RPHD health jurisdiction.  To date, twelve individuals have been tested, and those tests were returned negative. The individuals that were in self-quarantine from the February 29, 2020 Fremont Family YMCA event were released from self-quarantine on March 14, 2020 at 4:00pm.  “We have received confirmation of one case in a neighboring health jurisdiction that tested positive, this individual was involved in the Fremont Family YMCA on February 29, 2020,” said 3RPHD, referring to one of the Douglas county cases confirmed on Sunday.

As a reminder, the quarantine period for COVID-19 exposure is 14 days. Please self-evaluate for symptoms which include a fever of 100.4 or above, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath. “If you have COVID-19 symptoms, or develop symptoms, contact your health care provider and tell them how you are feeling. Please tell them about any potential exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19. We ask that you call ahead before you go to the doctor’s office or an emergency room,” said Three Rivers Public Health Department, Executive Director, Terra Uhing. Evidence to date suggests that this virus doesn’t stay in the environment for an extended period of time.

The following are recommendations from Three Rivers Public Health Department:

  • Avoid large group gatherings and events of 50 people or more.   
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Please continue to practice good hygiene habits such as washing your hands and coughing into your elbow.
  • Disinfecting and cleaning facilities and frequently touched surface such as door knobs, railings, light switches etc.
  • Practice social distancing (this is a strategy to limit the spread of COVID-19. This is a conscious effort to reduce contact between people to slow down the spread of the virus).  
  • Take personal responsibility for implementing social distancing in order not to infect others.  

Religious organizations are also encouraged to follow the CDC’s guidelines. 

Please feel free to call 3RPHD at 402-727-5396 or 2-1-1.