FREMONT – Four additional cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were identified in three Nebraska counties and reported to Nebraska’s DHHS yesterday.
Two cases are Lincoln County residents. One is a female in her 40s who recently traveled to Colorado and the other is a male in his 20s who was in close contact with a person who previously tested positive for COVID-19. Both new cases are self-isolating at home.
In Nemaha County, a man in his 60s from who also recently traveled to Colorado has tested positive, and is now isolating at home.
The newest case is a man in his 40s from Sarpy County with underlying health issues. He is currently hospitalized. The origin of the man’s infection was not made immediately clear in the Sarpy/Cass County Health Department’s press release.
All local health departments involved have initiated close contact investigations to identify people who came into close contact to help prevent further spread. All identified close contacts will be informed, and will be required to self-quarantine. They will be actively monitored twice daily by public health officials for fever and respiratory symptoms.
People who are concerned they may have COVID-19 are reminded to:
- Self-isolate immediately after developing a serious cough, fever over 100.4, sore throat or shortness of breath
- Call ahead to your primary care provider to be screened over the phone. The provider can evaluate and determine if testing is necessary. You can also call the Methodist Hospital COVID-19 hotline at (402) 815-7425, open 6A to 11P, for guidance on what to do if you don’t have a primary care doctor or are unsure if you need to be evaluated.
Certain people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. This includes older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease, according to the CDC. Anyone on immunosuppressing drugs, who is chronically immune-compromised or immunodeficient is at a higher risk of infection generally, and should take social distancing and hand hygiene seriously.
There is an ongoing shortage of both the COVID-19 tests, and the components needed to carry out that testing. Due to this shortage, testing is still being prioritized by risk group, likelihood of exposure, and generally only after influenza and other respiratoryvirus tests have been returned negative.
Nebraska now has 32 cases of COVID-19 infection, the majority of which are in Douglas County. The United States has 14,250 cases as of Friday morning, with 205 deaths.