Five Nebraskans Now Infected with COVID-19

OMAHA – Health officials say two more Nebraska residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19, bringing the Nebraska total to five infections.

A Douglas County woman was added to the list Tuesday evening. Officials say she had recently traveled to California and Nevada, and is recovering at home in a self-quarantine.

State officials say another person from northeast Nebraska is now being treated at the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit on the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus in Omaha. It’s unclear whether that case is travel related or related to any of the other four cases. State school and health officials say this person is a Crofton High School student.

Seven individuals remain in quarantine at UNMC, with two people now receiving treatment in the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit. The 36-year-old Special Olympics participant, who had been in Fremont on February 29, remains in critical condition as of Wednesday, March 11. The condition of the Crofton High School student is currently unknown.

The Crofton High School student attended Girls State Basketball on March 5th and sat in the Hartington student section. Crofton High has cancelled classes through this Friday to sanitize the school and limit new exposures. The Nebraska School Activities Association will be meeting today in Lincoln. No new information about the Boys’ State Tournament, set to begin in various sites across Lincoln, has been issued as of 9AM Wednesday morning.

The number of US cases has topped 760, with nearly 30 deaths. Worldwide, cases stand at about 116,000 in 115 countries, with nearly 4,100 deaths.