OMAHA – Authorities announced the second community acquired case of COVID-19 in the Douglas county health district on Wednesday afternoon, in addition to three more travel related cases in Douglas county and one new travel related case in Adams county.
The Douglas county community acquired case is that of a man in his 40s who developed symptoms on March 11th, and was hospitalized on March 15th after worsening cough and fatigue. He was tested for COVID-19 on March 16th and confirmed positive on March 17th. He spent some time in an ICU, but is improving. This individual has no travel history, no public exposure, and few close contacts. There is one household partner, who is self-quarantined.
There are three additional travel related cases on Douglas county: two people in their 60s, one in their 40s.
Douglas County now has 23 confirmed cases of COVID-19. DCHD is continuing contact investigations for the new cases.
The South Heartland District Health Department (SHDHD) also announced this evening the first
case COVID-19 in their four-county health district.
The individual is an Adams County woman in her 40s who traveled to Europe. She is currently self-isolating at home, and officials are conducting a contract trace on her case now. All identified close contacts will be notified, asked to self-quarantine and be actively
monitored twice daily by SHDHD for fever and respiratory symptoms.
Statewide, Nebraska is at 27 confirmed cases as of Wednesday night.
The “10 person rule” is now enforceable by law in Douglas County, due to the order given this morning by the DCHD. Citations will be written by Omaha Police for those found in violation of that order. An Omaha Police Department team will be conducting compliance checks. If they see noncompliance, they can issue citations to the facility or business owner, and to any persons in excess of that 10 person limit.
This is a county-wide order, and it does apply to all Douglas county communities. Enforcement outside the City of Omaha will be conducted by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
As of Wednesday evening, Douglas County restaurants must go to takeout or delivery only, and bars must close.