OMAHA – The University of Nebraska Medical Center has released one patient from the Biocontainment Unit today after repeated testing confirmed he no longer carried the COVID-19 infection; two individuals remain in a new containment unit.
The 16-year-old boy from Crofton, who had been receiving treatment in the Biocontainment Unit was discharged today after three negative tests for COVID-19.
A 36-year-old Omaha woman remains in critical condition. One evacuee from the Diamond Princess cruise ship remains in good condition.
Four other evacuees from the Diamond Princess group departed the National Quarantine Unit in the last 24 hours, leaving one guest from that group still in the quarantine unit.
A 24-bed unit within the Nebraska Medical Center has been dedicated and segmented for confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients who require hospital care. The unit has negative air pressure throughout. The two COVID-19 patients who had been treated in the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit have been moved to this new unit. The Biocontainment Unit is now empty, and will be used as a critical care, “surge” location going forward.
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Cases in the U.S. have reached about 3,800, with 70 deaths. Worldwide, cases stand at about 175,000, with about 6,700 deaths.