Three Rivers Update on COVID-19 Cases in Surrounding Counties

Fremont- Three Rivers Public Health Department (3RPHD) Executive Director Terra Uhing gave an update this morning on COVID-19 cases in Dodge, Saunders, and Washington Counties.

Dodge County had its first confirmed case of COVID-19 yesterday (March 25th). The woman is in her 40s and is self-isolating at home. She is presenting mild symptoms, and 3RPHD believes that the few possible community exposures are low-risk.

The times and locations of those possible exposures are:
March 22nd | between 9:30-11:30 am
Bakers: 1531 N Bell St, Fremont, NE
Dollar General: 1957 E Military Ave, Fremont, NE

In Saunders County, on March 25th, the first case of community spread COVID-19 was confirmed. Community spread means the health department is not able to determine where or when the reported person became exposed to the virus.

Health officials have not disclosed which community the person resides in. Uhing stated that information is not available because the woman stayed home and did not leave her residence once she became symptomatic. The only COVID-19 case that is correlated is a household contact of the woman. It is under investigation to see when transmission occurred.

In Washington County,  a healthcare worker at Carter Place was confirmed to have the virus. Terra Uhing said, “3RPHD anticipated this case…and does expect a few more positive cases in the next couple of days.”

State officials helped with the investigation on Tuesday at Carter Place to help draw out possible exposure times and locations. They were able to create a list of those who were most at risk to start presenting symptoms.

When asked if there could be more exposures in these counties, Uhing said, “It’s here. I am going to be anticipating more. We tried for a week to get this directed health measure and finally, it went into effect last night (March 25th).”

Terra urged, “We only have so much capacity in our healthcare system. If people don’t start taking this seriously we are going to have a really bad situation on our hands. The people that are walking around while they are symptomatic need to think about others and not themselves.”

There are now 68 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska.