Now 10 Nebraska COVID-19 Cases; Two Hospitalized, Eight Recovering at Home

Now 10 Nebraska COVID-19 Cases; Two Hospitalized, Eight Recovering at Home
This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S.

OMAHA — Officials say five more people have tested positive for the new coronavirus in Douglas County, bringing the Nebraska total to 10.

The Douglas County Health Department said Wednesday night that all five new cases are close family members of the infected Omaha woman in Douglas County that was discovered earlier this week. The woman is in her 40s and recently traveled to California and Nevada. The Douglas County Health Department says all five new cases are  self-isolating and recovering at home.

Two people still remain in the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Biocontainment Unit as of Thursday morning. The first Nebraska case, a 36-year-old special needs woman who has had lifelong lung issues, remains in critical condition. The 16-year old Crofton High School student, who officials confirmed to also have pre-existing health conditions, also remains hospitalized today in serious condition. Authorities are still unsure as to how the Crofton student contracted the viral infection.

The single US citizen from the Diamond Princess cruise ship who had been treated in the biocontainment unit was transferred Tuesday evening to the National Quarantine Unit. Testing protocols continue for the other seven individuals quarantined at UNMC: six Americans from that cruise ship, and one community health care worker.

The U.S. now has roughly 1,050 cases and 29 deaths. Worldwide, there are cases in 118 countries, over 122,000 active infections, with nearly 4,500 deaths.