13 more COVID-19 cases in Nebraska pushes state total to 81; Iowa reporting 179 cases

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(WOWT) -- The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services issued a summary of new coronavirus cases announced Thursday in several counties, bringing the state's total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 81.

NDHHS also corrected its previous tally, noting that a case was erroneously removed.

Thirteen new cases were reported Thursday around the state:

  • Four in Douglas County
  • Two in Sarpy County
  • Two in Adams County
  • One in Kearney County
  • Two in Buffalo County
  • Two from unspecified areas within the Central District Health Department

Four new cases in Douglas County

During a news conference Thursday afternoon, Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour announced the county has confirmed an additional four cases of coronavirus.

DCHD is now reporting the total number of cases in the county to be 44.

The most recent cases are a woman in her 30s, a man in his 40s, and two men in their 50s. The health department's epidemiology team is continuing its investigations into these cases while urging residents to take precautions everywhere in the county, not just at locations previously identified as exposure sites.

Officer, firefighter positive for COVID-19

The Omaha Police Department said Thursday that an officer tested positive for coronavirus after traveling out of state on vacation. The officer self-quarantined upon his return and has not returned to work, an OPD spokesperson said.

An Omaha firefighter has also tested positive. He contracted the virus while he was furloughed, 6 News learned, so he didn't infect any other firefighters.

It is not yet clear whether the officer or the firefighter were included among the cases announced by the county earlier on Thursday.

Two new cases in Sarpy County

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed by the Sarpy/Cass County Health Department as of Thursday night, the department announced in a press release.

This brings the total number of cases in the department's jurisdiction to 10.

Contact investigations are underway to assess potential exposures. There are now eight cases in Sarpy County and two in Cass County.

Two cases in the Hastings area

Adams County's official Facebook post reported one new case to be a man in his 40s who is currently hospitalized and in isolation. The second new case is a man in his 50s who lives in Colorado but spent time in Adams County; he is currently hospitalized and in isolation in Adams County, but will be counted in Colorado and not added to Nebraska's tally, according to standard epidemiological practices.

Three new cases in the Kearney area

According to a Two Rivers Public Health Department release" target="_blank">, a Kearney County man in his 20s is currently self-isolating; and two Buffalo County residents — a woman in her 80s and a man in his 90s — are currently hospitalized.

No details on CDHD's 2 cases

Central District Health Department reported two positive COVID-19 cases in its jurisdiction — Hall, Hamilton, and Merrick counties — but had no further details available.

Iowa confirms 34 more coronavirus cases

Ahead of her daily live 2:30 p.m. update, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds' office said Thursday that an additional 34 cases of coronavirus were confirmed across the state.

The new report from the Iowa Department of Public Health brings the state's total to 179 positive cases, according to the news release from the governor's office.

The IDPH report indicated the following locations and age ranges for the newest identified cases:

  • Appanoose County -- 1 elderly adult (81+)
  • Black Hawk County -- 1 middle-age adult (18-40 years)
  • Cedar County -- 1 middle-age (18-40 years), 1 older (61-80 years), 1 elderly (81+)
  • Clayton County -- 1 adult (18-40 years)
  • Des Moines County -- 1 adult (18-40 years)
  • Jasper County -- 1 elderly (81+)
  • Johnson County -- 1 adult (18-40 years), 4 middle-aged adults (41-60 years), 1 older (61-80 years)
  • Linn County -- 1 adult (18-40 years), 3 middle-aged adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Mahaska County -- 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Monona County -- 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Page County -- 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
  • Polk County -- 1 adult (18-40 years), 2 middle-aged (41-60 years), 1 older (61-80 years)
  • Pottawattamie County -- 1 middle-aged adult (41-60 years)
  • Scott County -- 1 elderly, 3 middle-aged (41-60 years)
  • Sioux County -- 1 older adult (61-80 years)
  • Washington County -- 2 older adults (61-80 years)

The State Hygienic Lab in conjunction with other labs in the state have also reported 2,975 negative test resulst in Iowa to date.