Three more counties confirm first COVID-19 cases; vets home resident tests positive

April 12, 2020 - 8:57am

The Nebraska Department of Health and Humans services says Box Butte, Wayne and Pierce Counties now have their first confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The Box Butte County case is a female in her 70s who has been isolating in her home since April 3. The case is  travel-related, the Department says.

The Wayne County case is a male in his 70s who has been isolating at home since before having symptoms, according to the Department.

The North Central District Health Department  says  it has been in communication with all self-identified close contacts of the person who tested positive there. The Department says those contacts are staying home, and it believes the case is contained.

Meanwhile, DHHS says a resident of the Central Nebraska Veterans Home in Kearney has tested positive, as have an additional nine residents of a long-term care facility in Custer County.

As of 6 p.m. Saturday, DHHS says, 704 people in Nebraska have tested positive and 9,471 negative. A total of 10,197 people have been tested, included those for whom results were inconclusive. There have been 17 deaths.

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