Nebraska COVID-19 update: 98 new cases in Douglas County on Monday; Lincoln poultry worker dies

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Published: May. 1, 2020 at 7:39 PM CDT
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Death toll rises to 82

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services reported four COVID-19 related deaths Tuesday night, bringing the community's death toll to 82.

Two deaths were Hall County residents, one was an Adams County resident in his 60s who was hospitalized and the fourth death is being investigated.

Three Rivers confirms 6 more cases

Three Rivers Public Health has confirmed 6 cases of COVID-19 Monday.

The cases include 4 Dodge County residents, 1 Saunders, and 1 Washington County.

Contact investigations are underway.

Nebraska totals for Monday

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has released its daily numbers tallying COVID-19 totals.

As of 6 p.m. on the DHHS website, there are 6,083 cases in Nebraska, 79 total deaths, and the county with the most cases is Hall County at 1,274.

Douglas County is recorded on this website to have 963, Dakota County has 1,005, and Dawson has 552.

98 new cases in Douglas County

The Douglas County Health Department confirmed 98 new cases of COVID-19 Monday.

According to the health department, that brings the total in the county to 963.

Lincoln Premium Poultry worker dies

Lincoln Premium Poultry shared a statement Monday announcing one of their employees has died from COVID-19 and underlying health conditions.

"We are heartbroken to learn that we lost a team member and working to assist the family as they sort through the next steps," said Jessica Kolterman, director of corporate and external affairs.

The employee had not been at work since April 17 after they asked to self-quarantine due to an underlying health concern. The company learned the employee was diagnosed last Thursday.

Lincoln Premium Poultry has reported 13 more cases over the past week, which brings the company's total to 28 positive cases and 39 negative cases.

"The reality is that the virus is throughout our communities, which is why it is so important to social distance at home as well as at our facilities," Kolterman said. The company has let 65 employees self-isolate at home with pay.

Four employees have since recovered and returned to work after a positive diagnosis, the company said. They are implementing more protective measures under guidance from UNMC and have given a $2 an hour raise to all hourly workers since March.

Lincoln reports 79 more cases

a total of 79 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lincoln today, bringing the community's total to 394.

Papillion Kwik Shop closes

An employee at a Papillion Kwik Shop has tested positive for COVID-19 and the store is now closed to be sanitized, according to a statement from the company Monday.

The Kwik Shop at 101 Cedardale Road was informed one of their employees tested positive and the business is following the guidance from local health officials, the company stated.

"We closed the store at 2:30 on Monday to be cleaned and sanitized by an industrial cleaning crew. The store will re-open in the next week," the company reported. "We are grateful to all our customers for their patience and understanding during this time."

All employees at the store have been contacted and advised to follow Centers for Disease Control recommended guidelines.

The infected employee and others at the location are being provided with necessary resources and support, they said.

ECDHD reports test shortage

East Central District Health Department posted on its Facebook page that it is "very low on test kits."

The health district has reported 431 COVID-19 cases to date.