Coronavirus discovered in Blair

Three Rivers Public Health Department Executive Director gave us details on the COVID-19 case in Blair.

Three Rivers Public Health Department has identified another case of COVID-19 in Washington County in addition to the case identified earlier Tuesday. The cases are related as they both reside at the Carter House in Blair, Nebraska. One of these cases identified earlier today is a female in her 90s who is symptomatic and is self-isolating at the facility. The other case is a male in his 70s who is currently hospitalized.  The Carter House is aggressively responding to the situation and is working with local and state health officials to ensure the safety and care of all residents. All communal activities at the facility have ceased and residents are quarantined in their separate rooms. Additionally, cleaning and disinfecting is taking place throughout the facility and meals are being served to residents in their rooms. Family members can visit with residents via room windows. Staff and residents are checked for symptoms around the clock. The facility will continue to monitor this situation and take additional measures if necessary.

 

Symptoms of the disease include a fever, cough, sore throat, or difficulty breathing. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, or develop symptoms, contact your health care provider and tell them how you are feeling. Please notify them of any potential exposure to a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus. We ask that you call ahead before you go to the doctor’s office or an emergency room.

Currently, there are three active investigations going on. The two in Washington County mentioned above and one in Saunders County. Updates will be provided on these cases tomorrow.

Public health partners across the state continue to take action to protect the health of Nebraskans.

The Three Rivers Public Health Department will continue to update our community as new information becomes available.  For more information about COVID-19 please visit www.threeriverspublichealth.org or http://dhhs.ne.gov/coronavirus.

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