Now Three Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Nebraska

OMAHA – Two family members of the Omaha woman confirmed last week to be Nebraska’s first case of COVID-19 have now been diagnosed with the virus, bringing the total confirmed cases to three.

Health officials say two family members of an Omaha woman with COVID-19 have now tested positive for the disease. The Douglas County Health Department said the family members with the disease caused by the new coronavirus have been quarantining themselves at home since Friday when the 36-year-old woman was diagnosed.

The original case remains hospitalized in the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit on the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus. The three Nebraska cases are part of 261 new United States cases diagnosed over the March 7-8 weekend, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

State and local health officers are asking any “basketball players, coaches and team staff who participated in the 2/29 Special Olympics event at the Fremont Family YMCA” to do the following: 

  • Self-Report to 3RPHD (or your local public health department) at 402-727-5396 for guidance and next steps. This can also be done through our Nebraska public health online system at: 
  • Self-quarantine and monitor themselves for development of COVID-19 symptoms until Saturday March 14th. Self-quarantine means staying home and not leaving for any reason, except to receive medical care. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 can appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. The most common symptoms reported are:

  • Fever of greater than 100.4F
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficult breathing

Those basketball players, coaches and team staff who live in Dodge, Saunders or Washington counties and participated in this event that experience the above symptoms should call Three Rivers Public Health Department ASAP at 402-727-5396.