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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 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:
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.