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Directed health measure for Burt, Cuming, Madison and Stanton Counties will be issued tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.
LINCOLN – Madison County reported a new case of COVID-19, which has been identified as community transmitted. It's a man in his 70s who currently resides at a long-term care facility in Norfolk. He is self-isolating. Community transmission is when people have COVID-19 but public health officials are unable to identify how or where they became infected - https://elvphd.org/.
A state Directed Health Measure (DHM) will be issued and go into effect Sunday, March 29 at 9:00 a.m. for Burt, Cuming, Madison and Stanton Counties.
First cases of COVID-19 were reported in Gosper and Platte Counties - https://www.trphd.org/ and https://ecdhd.ne.gov/.
Tonight's state case total is 109. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) launched a new data dashboard that provides daily updates to the state's COVID-19 case totals. You can find it at http://dhhs.ne.gov/coronavirus.
Certain people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 including older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease, according to the CDC. People in these higher-risk groups should:
Recent data shows that the virus is also affecting younger people. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said 20% of those hospitalized for COVID-19 in the U.S. were 20-44 years old.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, fatigue, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. People who are concerned they may have COVID-19 should self-isolate and call ahead to their primary care provider to be screened over the phone.
Everyone can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections by:
Here's where to find tools and resources for individuals and families, schools, communities, businesses, healthcare facilities, and first responders on the DHHS website - http://dhhs.ne.gov/coronavirus and CDC's website – https://www.cdc.gov/covid19.
DHHS opened a statewide coronavirus (COVID-19) information line to help answer general questions and share the latest information and resources with Nebraskans to help keep them informed. The number is (402) 552-6645; hours of operation are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. CST, 7 days a week.
DHHS will continue to update Nebraskans through the DHHS website 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.