Douglas County reports first community spread COVID-19 case

Published: Mar. 14, 2020 at 5:55 PM CDT
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is reporting the first local coronavirus case caused by community spread.

The case is a woman in her 60s who was reported as a travel-related case on Friday, March 13. After an investigation, the DCHBD determined the symptoms were there before she traveled.

She had traveled to New York. After she returned, her symptoms subsided but she had a surgery planned. Her health care provider then tested her for influenza. That test was negative. Then she was tested for respiratory infections and after that came back negative she was tested for COVID-19, according to the Health Department.

According to Doctor Adi Pour, most doctors are testing for COVID-19 as a common procedure. That test came back positive Friday. It was confirmed Saturday afternoon for the second time.

In addition, two more cases have been confirmed in Douglas County as travel-related. One case is a man in his 50s who just returned from Spain and the other is a man in his 30s who came to this community from Singapore. Both are isolated but not hospitalized, according to the Health Department.

The Health Department is advising the public of additional possible low-level exposure site at the Athletic Club at 200 South 31st Avenue between 5 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. on March 12. This is considered low-risk exposure. Anyone who may have been there been asked to self-monitor for 14-days. This possible exposure site is related to one of the travel cases.

DCHD is continuing contact investigations. The County is now at 15 confirmed cases.

Governor Ricketts reminds the public that this is a good time to get that 2 weeks of food just in case you'll need to stay in for that amount of time.

Also according to Ricketts, after the second community spread case is confirmed, that is when groups of only 20-50 will be inforced. Right now, groups of no more than 250 are recommended.