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  • Nebraska: Covid-19 cases - 35,805 cases; 404 deaths

    Source: https://www.1011now.com/content/news...568568091.html

    First Nebraskan tests positive for coronavirus
    (CDC)
    Posted: Fri 3:47 PM, Mar 06, 2020 |
    Updated: Fri 4:24 PM, Mar 06, 2020

    OMAHA, Neb. (KOLN) - The first Nebraskan to test positive for the coronavirus is a 36-year-old Omaha woman who was travelling in the United Kingdom.

    Officials said Friday that the patient was in the United Kingdom with her father from Feb. 18 to Feb. 27. The patient went to a local medical facility emergency department Thursday for a respiratory infection that had been going on for 12 days.

    Her symptoms were mild but got worse Thursday. She has serious pneumonia-like symptoms, as well as a secondary bacterial infection. She is being transferred to the biocontainment unit at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

    It is currently unknown whether the patient's immediate family members have been exposed. An investigation is underway by an epidemiology team to see who else this individual has had contact with and where...
    Last edited by Missouriwatcher; March 19, 2020, 06:08 AM.

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    First Presumptive Positive Case of Coronavirus 2019 Reported to Nebraska DHHS

    March 06, 2020

    For Immediate Release:

    5:35PM CT on March 6, 2020



    Media Contacts:

    Taylor Gage, Governor’s Office, 402-471-1970

    Leah Bucco-White, DHHS, 402-471-9356



    Media Release:

    First Presumptive Positive Case of Coronavirus 2019 Reported to Nebraska DHHS



    LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the first presumptive positive case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) had been reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).



    “As we receive news of the first case of coronavirus in our state, I continue to urge Nebraskans to practice healthy habits to avoid transmitting germs,” said Gov. Ricketts. “Like a snowstorm, Nebraskans should be planning in case they need to be at home for an extended period, and they should also plan in case schools close. At the same time, I want to assure Nebraskans that State leaders and medical professionals across Nebraska are doing their utmost to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus on public health.”



    The case is travel-related. The patient is a woman in her 30s from Douglas county who recently returned from England at the end of February. She started experiencing symptoms and was hospitalized at Methodist Hospital on March 5. Yesterday, public health officials received notification that this person could possibly have the virus, and they immediately ordered COVID-19 testing, which came back positive this afternoon. Currently, she is being transferred from the progressive care unit at Methodist Hospital to the Biocontainment Unit at Nebraska Medicine / the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).



    DHHS is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the local health department to identify additional people who came in close contact with this person in order to decrease the spread of the illness. These people will be self-isolated and actively monitored twice daily by public health officials for fever and respiratory symptoms. If they start experiencing symptoms, they will immediately undergo further testing.



    “DHHS and its public health and healthcare system partners have been monitoring this situation very closely with the knowledge that we could see travel-related cases here in Nebraska,” said Dr. Gary Anthone, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for DHHS. “We quickly recognized we had a potential coronavirus 2019 case and took immediate action. Our goal is to protect Nebraskans and prevent the spread of the disease.”



    This is a travel-related case, and it’s important to remember that there isn’t evidence of COVID-19 spreading in Nebraska communities at this time.



    Travelers who recently returned from China are also self-isolating and being actively monitored by their local health department. Travelers who returned from countries with community spread of COVID-19 within the last 14 days are also being actively monitored.



    “Ensuring the health of Nebraskans is our main priority,” said Dr. Tom Safranek, State Epidemiologist for DHHS. “These actions are meant to help decrease the risk of disease spreading in the community. However, even with these actions, we may see additional confirmed cases in Nebraska.”



    Nebraskans all have a role to play in this response, and DHHS continues to urge Nebraskans to take action to prepare, if they haven’t already.



    Make sure you have two weeks’ worth of food and water, check regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply, and think through what you would do if schools and childcare centers close or you have to work from home. Here’s where you can find tools and resources for individuals and families, schools, communities, businesses, healthcare facilities, and first responders: http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/coronavirus or https://www.cdc.gov/covid19. For information on building a readiness kit, go to https://www.ready.gov.



    Practicing good health habits can help prevent the spread of coronavirus disease and other respiratory infections:
    • Stay home if you are sick.
    • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    Nebraskans can find useful and reliable information to keep them informed on dhhs.ne.gov and its Facebook and Twitter sites as well as local health department websites and social media sites.



    The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 continues to evolve. The virus originated in China and has spread beyond the country’s borders with cases now reported in multiple other countries including the United States.



    Nebraska public health leaders will continue to address this threat. Here are steps they are already taking:
    • Sharing the latest guidance and information with local health departments, hospitals, health care providers, first responders, and local and state labs through our extensive Health Alert Network to ensure a well-coordinated response in Nebraska.
    • Engaging in active and ongoing communication with the CDC and other state and federal partners as part of the overall national response to this emerging public health threat.
    • Reviewing and enhancing response plans.
    • Monitoring Nebraskans returning from countries with community transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 to ensure timely medical care if needed and minimize the potential risk to others.
    • Facilitating confirmatory testing, isolation, and monitoring of Nebraskans experiencing symptoms to identify cases as soon as possible.
    • Having a system in place to track and monitor people who have contact with a confirmed case in an effort to immediately detect secondary cases and minimize the potential for ongoing, undetected, person-to-person transmission.
    • Updating dhhs.ne.gov and DHHS social media sites with the latest resources and information to help keep Nebraskans informed.

    https://governor.nebraska.gov/press/...-nebraska-dhhs
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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    • #3
      KETV7: (Mar7)
      Omaha Public Schools sent out a statement to parents at Marrs Magnet Middle School regarding possible exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus at the school...diagnosis is inconclusive at this time. This possible case is separate from the one identified in the community earlier Friday...
      https://www.ketv.com/article/ops-mid...osure/31269279

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      • #4
        Source: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Voluntary-Q...Attendees.aspx

        Voluntary Quarantine Requested of Special Olympics Basketball Tournament Participants and Attendees to Prevent Potential Spread for Coronavirus Disease 2019
        For Immediate Release: 3/7/2020

        Lincoln – Out of an abundance of caution and as a result of initial contact investigation results of the first Nebraskan with a presumptive positive case of Coronavirus (COVID-19), The Three Rivers Public Health Department, Douglas County Health Department, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, and other local health departments, and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are investigating possible exposure to a presumptive positive case of coronavirus disease 2019.

        State and local health officials are requesting for basketball players, coaches and team staff who participated in the Special Olympics event at the Fremont Family YMCA on February 29, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to self-quarantine to limit exposure to others and monitor themselves for development of COVID-19 symptoms as listed below until Saturday, March 14, 2020. The Fremont Family YMCA is located at 810 N Lincoln Ave, Fremont, NE 68025.

        “We're asking for basketball players, coaches, and team staff who participated this event on February 29, 2020 to either self-report to the Nebraska public health online system at http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx or contact their local health department for guidance and next steps. Informing the local health department is the most direct way to ensure timely medical care if needed and to minimize the potential risk to others." said Dr. Gary Anthone, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for DHHS. A map of Nebraska's local health departments can be found here at http://dhhs.ne.gov/CHPM%20Maps/NE_He...p_Dec_2016.pdf ....


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        • #5
          Updates On Nebraska’s First Case Of Coronavirus Disease 2019

          For Immediate Release: 3/7/2020

          CONTACT:

          Leah Bucco-White, Communications, 402-309-4157
          leah.bucco-white@nebraska.gov

          Khalilah LeGrand, Communications, 402-853-1320
          khalilah.legrand@nebraska.gov

          Phil Rooney, DCHD, 402-669-1602
          Phillip.rooney@douglascounty-ne.gov

          Lincoln – Nebraska announced its first travel-related case of coronavirus disease 2019 in a person from Douglas County who recently returned from the England. The woman is seriously ill but stable in Nebraska Medicine/University of Nebraska Medical Center's Biocontainment Unit. Public health officials continue to identify additional people who came into close contact with this person.

          “Ensuring the health of Nebraskans is our main priority. These actions are meant to help reduce the spread of disease in the community. However, even with these actions, we most likely will see additional cases," said Dr. Tom Safranek, State Epidemiologist for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

          The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) is leading the close contact investigation and DHHS disease experts joined their team yesterday to provide support and assistance.

          “DCHD and DHHS epidemiology staff have interviewed family members of the patient to collect a solid history of where this individual has spent time since her return to the U.S. up to the time she was diagnosed with COVID-19 yesterday," said Dr. Adi Pour, Director of the Douglas County Health Department.

          Here are the latest developments:
          • It's clear the group at highest risk are healthcare providers who saw this patient before the risk of COVID-19 was identified. England was not one of the countries with widespread community transmission and the patient did not present with concerning symptoms until the last visit so the need for personal protective equipment wasn't readily apparent. Local health care systems have worked with DCHD to identify healthcare providers and informed them they are to self-quarantine at home for 14 days.
          • State and local public health officials are requesting that basketball players, coaches and team staff who participated in the Special Olympics event at the Fremont Family YMCA on February 29,2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to self-quarantine to limit exposure to others and monitor themselves for development of COVID-19 symptoms as listed below until Saturday, March 14, 2020. The Fremont Family YMCA is located at 810 N Lincoln Ave, Fremont, NE 68025. Officials are also asking that people who are in the groups above to either self-report to the Nebraska public health online system at http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx or contact their local health department for guidance and next steps. Here's where you can find more information - http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Voluntary-Q...Attendees.aspx.
          • Public health officials are also asking anyone who was at VFW Post 2503 at 8904 Military Road in Omaha the evening of Wednesday, March 4 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. to self-report at https://www.douglascountyhealth.com . Use the COVID-19 Community Contacts link on the homepage. The risk of exposure is thought to be low so anyone who was at the VFW Post during that time is asked to monitor their health for 14 days or until March 18. More details are available at https://www.douglascountyhealth.com/latest-news .
          • DHHS and the Sarpy Cass Health Department received negative test results from the Nebraska Public Health Laboratory on a possible case in that area. With the best interest of Nebraskans in mind, we exercised extreme caution and treated this as a potentially positive case.

          It's important to remember that we haven't identified COVID-19 spreading in Nebraska communities at this time.

          We all have a role to play in this response and state and local public health officials continue to urge Nebraskans to prepare, if they haven't already. We want to be prepared now and for what may come.

          Make sure you have two weeks worth of food and water, check regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply, and think through what you would do if schools and childcare centers close or you have to work from home.

          Here's where you can find tools and resources for individuals and families, schools, communities, businesses, healthcare facilities, and first responders on the DHHS website dhhs.ne.gov and CDC's website – CDC.gov.

          Practicing good health habits can help prevent the spread of coronavirus disease and other respiratory infections:
            • Stay home if you are sick.
            • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
            • Wash hands often with soap and waterfor at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
            • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouthwith unwashed hands.
            • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough orsneeze, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
            • Clean and disinfect frequentlytouched objects and surfaces.

          We will continue to update Nebraskans through our website http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/coronavirus and on Facebook and Twitter as we have new information. The CDC's website is also a good resource for COVID-19 information - https://www.cdc.gov/covid19 .

          Follow DHHS on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about the health of Nebraskans.

          http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Updates-on-...ease-2019.aspx
          "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
          -Nelson Mandela

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          • #6
            DCHD Reports Two Additional COVID-19 Cases Related to First Case- Posted March 8, 2020.


            The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) has received presumptive confirmation of two more COVID-19 cases related to the first case. These presumptive positive cases are family members of Nebraska’s first case, a 36-year-old Douglas County woman.

            These two family members had COVID-19 symptoms and have been in self-quarantine since Friday and remain there. Other close contacts of the first case have tested negative for COVID-19.

            “We expected this to happen,” Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said. “This demonstrates the importance of contact investigations and shows how well they work.”

            The good news is these two newest cases had limited exposure to other individuals in the community. DCHD epidemiology investigators have developed a list of contacts and will be reaching out to them individually. Those individuals will be informed of any health risks and how they can protect themselves and other potential contacts.

            These are the second and third cases in Nebraska, other than individuals who were brought to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit from the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship. Anyone with questions about COVID-19 is welcome to call DCHD’s information line at (402) 444-3400 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Outside those hours questions can be directed to the United Way’s 2-1-1 Resource Hotline.

            Public Health officials continue to believe the risk to the general public is low. People are encouraged to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms which include a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

            If you have COVID-19 symptoms, or develop symptoms, contact your health care provider and notify them of your potential exposure to a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus. Please call ahead before you go to the doctor’s office or an emergency room.

            Possible COVID-19 Exposures at Omaha VFW- Posted March 8, 2020.


            The Douglas County Health Department is asking anyone who was at VFW Post 2503 at 8904 Military Road the evening of Wednesday, March 4, from 6:00-7:00 to be aware of a potential COVID-19 exposure.

            A person who has tested positive for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, was at VFW Post 2503 at that time. Anyone who may have been there during that time is asked to go to www.douglascountyhealth.com and self-report your potential exposure using the COVID-19 Community Contacts link on the home page.

            The risk of exposure is thought to be low, so anyone who was at the VFW Post at that time is asked to monitor their health for 14 days or until March 18. Symptoms to watch for include a fever, a cough, and difficulty breathing.

            If you have symptoms or develop symptoms, contact your health care provider. Please notify your health care provider of your potential exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19. Call ahead before you go to the doctor’s office or an emergency room.

            In addition, per a Nebraska DHHS release, basketball players, coaches and team staff who participated in the Special Olympics event at the Fremont Family YMCA on February 29, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 pm are requested to self-quarantine and monitor themselves for development of COVID-19 symptoms through Saturday, March 14, 2020. Basketball players, coaches, and team staff who participated in this event should self-report to the Nebraska public online system at http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx .

            Spectators of the Special Olympics events and other people who were in the YMCA facility that same day are at much lower risk than the direct participants. Non-participating individuals can self-monitor and contact a local health department or their health care provider if they develop symptoms.

            ...
            https://www.douglascountyhealth.com/latest-news
            "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
            -Nelson Mandela

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            • #7
              Source: https://www.ketv.com/article/douglas...id-19/31365586


              Douglas County Health Department announces 4th case of COVID-19
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              KETV Updated: 6:14 PM CDT Mar 10, 2020
              KETV Staff Report

              DOUGLAS COUNTY, Neb. —

              The Douglas County Health Department announced another local case of COVID-19.

              According to health officials, the person with COVID-19 is a woman in her forties who has traveled to California and Nevada...

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              • #8
                Nebraska restricting access to high school boys state basketball games

                https://sunflowerstateradio.com/2020...edium=facebook

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                • #9
                  attendee at high school girls state tournament tested positive

                  https://sunflowerstateradio.com/2020...edium=facebook

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                  • #10
                    Source: https://www.1011now.com/content/news...568722151.html

                    BREAKING: Total Nebraska Coronavirus cases up to 10
                    By DHHS (Press Release) |
                    Posted: Wed 7:48 PM, Mar 11, 2020 |
                    Updated: Wed 8:03 PM, Mar 11, 2020

                    LINCOLN, Neb. -- Five additional presumptive positive case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) bringing the state total to 10. DHHS is awaiting final confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

                    The new cases are family members of the woman who recently traveled to California and Nevada and tested positive for COVID-19. They live in Douglas County and are self-isolating at home.

                    Isolation is separating sick people from healthy people to prevent the spread of disease.

                    “These cases stem from family contact and are not considered community spread,” said Dr. Gary Anthone, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for DHHS. “Local health departments are leading this response at the community level with support from DHHS. Contact investigations have been initiated to identify people who came into close contact with family members to help prevent further spread. All identified close contacts will self-quarantine and be actively monitored twice daily by public health officials for fever and respiratory symptoms.” ...

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                    • #11
                      Does closing schools slow the spread of coronavirus?

                      article discusses proactive vs reactive measures

                      https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020...1aDSS7_TldwYgI

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                      • #12
                        Nebraska Case Information

                        • Total number of cases – 14
                          • Confirmed – 1
                          • Presumptive positive – 11
                        • Cases undergoing further testing at the Nebraska Public Health Lab - 33
                        • Cases that tested negative – 80

                        The federal government led an effort to bring Americans who had been on a cruise ship docked off the coast of Japan to Nebraska for further monitoring, testing and treatment if needed. DHHS is in a supportive role and working closely with federal, state and local partners. The University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine website has additional details available.

                        News Releases


                        Source: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

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                        • #13
                          Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) reported the first local coronavirus case caused by community spread.
                          The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) reported the first local coronavirus case caused by community spread on Saturday evening.

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                          • #14
                            Source: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
                            Nebraska Case Information
                            • Total number of cases – 17
                              • Confirmed – 3
                              • Presumptive positive – 14
                            • Cases that tested negative – 170

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                            • #15
                              Nebraska Covid19 Cases: 21
                              Nebraska Case Information
                              • Total number of cases – 21
                              • Cases that tested negative – 206
                              Source: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx#SectionLink3

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