Dodge County has its first case of Coronavirus

Around 7pm this evening,  Three Rivers Public Health Department sent out notificiation that identified the 1st case of COVID-19 in Dodge County.

The first case is in Dodge County and is a female in her 40s.  The Dodge County resident began self-isolating at home today.  Contact investigations were completed and those identified as close contacts were notified.   All identified close contacts will self-quarantine and be actively monitored twice daily by public health officials for fever and respiratory symptoms.  This is Dodge County’s first case.

Community exposures may have occurred at the following times and locations and are considered low risk:

Bakers. 1531 N Bell St, Fremont, NE. Sunday, March 22 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Dollar Store.  1957 E Military Ave, Fremont, NE.  Sunday, March 22 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

The second case is in Washington County and is a female in her 60s.  The Washington County resident has been self-isolating at home since March 15, 2020.  Contact investigations were completed and those identified as close contacts were notified.   All identified close contacts will self-quarantine and be actively monitored twice daily by public health officials for fever and respiratory symptoms.  This is the 5th case in Washington County.

The third case is in Saunders County and is a close contact of the case identified yesterday. The new case is a female in her 50s and she is self-isolating at home.  Contact investigations are currently being completed.

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.

3RPHD is in communication with state officials in regards to issuing a Directed Health Measure for Dodge and Saunders County.  As soon as more information is available it will be released.

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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