First Community Spread Coronavirus Case Reported in Douglas County

March 14, 2020 - 9:34pm

The first community spread case of coronavirus in Nebraska has been identified in Douglas County.


 The woman in her 60s tested positive Friday. Her case was first reported as a travel-related case.  Further investigation, though, showed she had symptoms before she traveled which is why the case is now being classified as community spread. The woman is in self-isolation at home. 

“We will continue see more cases in Nebraska and we expect additional community transmission of COVID-19, but we can all work together to help slow the spread,” said Dr. Gary Anthone, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), in a news release.  “Nebraskans need to be extra vigilant and stay home if they’re experiencing any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses including fever, cough, shortness of breath and in some cases a sore throat.”

DHHS reports two additional presumptive positive cases that are travel-related were reported to DHHS Saturday, along with another case under investigation. All are from Douglas County. One is a male in his 50s who recently traveled to Spain and the other is a male in his 30s who traveled to Douglas County from Singapore. Both are self-isolating and DCHD is in the process of identifying close contacts to help reduce further spread.

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