Four New Travel Related COVID-19 Cases in Nebraska; Three Possible Community Exposures

OMAHA – Health officials announced three more cases of COVID-19 infection in Douglas county, and the first case in the City of Lincoln today.

The City of Lincoln case is that of a 48 year old man who traveled to Colorado, March 8th and 9th. He became symptomatic on March 15th, and contacted his doctor on Monday the 16th. He tested positive and has been advised to self-isolate at home.

The three new Douglas county cases are also travel related; all three had recently traveled to areas in the the southeast United States; however, the three traveled to different areas in that general region, and are unrelated cases. All are self-isolating.

New community exposures from the Douglas County cases may have occurred at the following times and locations:

  • Nebraska Furniture Mart. 700 South 72nd Street: Sunday, March 15 from 2-5 p.m.
  • Pearle Vision Center, 147th and West Maple: Monday, March 16 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.,
  • At Home Store, 130th and West Center: Monday, March 16 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Anyone who was present at those locations during the specified times should self-monitor for symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, fever over 100.4 and sore throat. If you become symptomatic, contact your doctor’s office before attempting to seek treatment to ensure proper precautions are taken before your arrival.

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should be fever free without the use of medications for three days and must wait at least seven days since after diagnosis before coming out of isolation.