Douglas County Health Department Confirms First Community Acquired COVID-19 Case

Douglas County Health Department Confirms First Community Acquired COVID-19 Case
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OMAHA – As of Saturday, local health authorities in Douglas county have confirmed the first “community acquired” case of COVID-19, in addition to two other cases. This brings the total to 16 confirmed cases in Nebraska, 14 in Douglas county, at the time of this writing.

The community acquired case is that of a woman in her 60s, who was initially reported as a travel-related case on Friday, March 13. After an investigation, authorities determined her symptoms predated her travel to New York. Upon her return from travel, the woman was scheduled to have a medical procedure. Her healthcare provider, performing a pre-operative health check, discovered her continued respiratory symptoms and tested her for influenza and potential respiratory rhinovirus infections. When both those tests came back negative, her doctor tested for COVID-19. That test came back positive on Friday, March 13th and a confirmation test also came back positive this afternoon.

Governor Ricketts told the media tonight that if and when a second community spread case is confirmed, no more than 50 people will be allowed to gather at any one place. “This will be rigorously enforced,” if enacted, according to Ricketts. As of now, groups of no more than 250 are recommended. Ricketts also commented that these limitations do not apply to places of employment. The State is not forcibly closing schools or banning mass public gatherings at this time.  A copy of the State’s current guidance regarding school closures and large gatherings can be found by clicking here.

Two new travel-related cases of the virus were confirmed tonight in Douglas County, as well. One case is a 56 year old man who traveled to Spain, and the other is a 31 year old man who was recently in Singapore. Both men are isolated, though outside of a hospital setting.

A potential 17th case was emerging during the press conference, according to the Douglas County Health Department, but they did not yet have any information to share or confirm about that possible case.

Two former passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested negative and will go home from UNMC today. One community health care worker who was also in the National Quarantine Unit also left this morning.

One person who was receiving treatment in UNMC’s Nebraska Biocontainment Unit departed the hospital to continue recovering in home isolation on Saturday. The 36-year-old Omaha woman receiving care in the Biocontainment Unit remains in critical condition. The former Diamond Princess passenger injured in a fall and the 16-year-old boy from Crofton were both upgraded to “good” condition on Sunday morning.

There are currently 11 people in the National Quarantine Unit,  and three people in the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit.

As of Sunday, according to UNMC, cases in the U.S. have now reached about 3,100 with 60 deaths. Worldwide, cases stand at about 163,000, with about 6,100 deaths.

Nearby Community Exposures, per Douglas County Health Department:

2/29/2020 (9:00 am to 4:00 pm): Special Olympics Basketball Tournament (Fremont YMCA): Recommendation to all participants, coaches and persons on the court Self-Quarantine and Monitor for Symptoms for 14 days. Spectators are low risk and are recommended to Monitor for Symptoms for 14 days. (Quarantine and Monitoring Ends March 15, 2020)

2/29/2020 (8:30 pm to 9:00 pm): Methodist Women’s Emergency Room, Waiting Room:  Recommendation to Self-Quarantine and Monitor for Symptoms for 14 days. (Quarantine and Monitoring Ends: March 15, 2020)

3/01/2020 (4:15 pm to 4:45 pm): Methodist Women’s Emergency Room, Waiting Room: Recommendation to Self-Quarantine and Monitor for Symptoms for 14 days. (Quarantine and Monitoring Ends: March 16, 2020)

3/02/2020 (2:30 am to 3:00 am): Methodist Women’s Emergency Room, Waiting Room: Recommendation to Self-Quarantine and Monitor for Symptoms for 14 days. (Quarantine and Monitoring Ends: March 17, 2020)

3/02/2020 (9:15 am to 12:00 pm): Hands of Heartland, 14258 West Maple: Recommendation to Self-Quarantine and Monitor for Symptoms for 14 days. (Quarantine and Monitoring Ends: March 17, 2020)

3/02/2020 (12:15 pm to 2:00 pm): Hands of Heartland, 10933 Harrison St.: Recommendation to Self- Quarantine and Monitor for Symptoms for 14 days. (Quarantine and Monitoring Ends: March 17, 2020)

3/02/2020 (12:00 pm to 9:00 pm): Advance Auto Parts, 17140 Evans Plaza: Recommendation to Monitor for Symptoms for 14 days. (Monitoring Ends: March 17, 2020)

3/03/2020 (1:00 pm to 9:00 pm): Advance Auto Parts, 17140 Evans Plaza: Recommendation to Monitor for Symptoms for 14 days. (Monitoring Ends: March 18, 2020)

3/04/2020 (6:00 pm to 7:00 pm): VFW Post 2503: Recommendation to Monitor for Symptoms for 14 days. (Monitoring Ends: March 19, 2020)

3/05/2020 (9:00 am to 10:00 am): Methodist Women’s Emergency Room, Waiting Room: Recommendation to Self-Quarantine for 14 days and Monitor for Symptoms. (Quarantine and Monitoring Ends: March 20, 2020)

3/05/2020 (9:00 am to 6:00 pm): Advance Auto Parts, 17140 Evans Plaza: Recommendation to Monitor for Symptoms for 14 days. (Monitoring Ends: March 20, 2020)

3/08/2020 (11:00 am to 7:00 pm): Subway (Walmart Supercenter), 1800 N 16th St, Council Bluffs, IA: Recommendations to Monitor for Symptoms for 14 days and Monitor for Symptoms (Monitoring Ends: March 23, 2020)

3/08/2020 (5:30 pm to 9:00 pm): Pepper Jax Grill, 1221 Howard St, Omaha: Recommendation to Monitor for Symptoms for 14 days and Monitor (Monitoring Ends: March 23, 2020)

3/12/2020 (5:00 am to 6:30 am): The Athletic Club, 200 S. 31st Ave, Omaha: Recommendation to Monitor for Symptoms for 14 days (Monitoring Ends: March 27, 2020)

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