Nebraska COVID-19 update: New cases reported in Douglas, Colfax, Platte counties

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(WOWT) -- Several counties throughout the state have confirmed their first cases of COVID-19 Sunday including Custer, Johnson, Logan, Phelps, and Seward.

All 93 counties in Nebraska are now covered by the State Directed Health Measure until May 11.

Three Rivers Public Health Department confirms 2 cases

Three Rivers Health Department has identified two cases of COVID-19 in Dodge and Washington Counties.

One case is a woman in her 20s who isolating at home and the second is a woman in her 30s who is also isolating at her home.

Contact investigations are underway.

YRTC-Kearney residents and staff undergo testing

The DHHS Epidemiology and YRTC-Kearney staff along with Two Rivers Health Department and the National Guard began testing all YRTC-K staff and residents after a teammate tested positive. A second teammate was identified as a result.

CEO Dannette Smith said, “We are taking decisive action to coordinate testing to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and staff. As outlined in our pandemic plan, staff did everything right, those who were symptomatic did not come in to work and immediately reported symptoms to a supervisor, temperature checks of residents and staff began in March and physical visitations were replaced with virtual visits. These steps were key in us immediately identifying potential exposures and mitigating spread. Today, 162 staff were tested with the help of about 25 National Guardsmen. The testing process was very efficient and we appreciate the rapid response from the Guard and Two Rivers.”

New cases in Douglas County

The Douglas County Health Department received preliminary test results for seven more COVID-19 cases. The total in Douglas County is now 148 as of Sunday evening.

The new cases are three men, one each in their 20s, 30s, and 80s. There are four new cases among women with two in their 20s, one in her 30s, and one in her 50s.

According to the release, three of the cases had contact with a previously confirmed case, three are community spread, and the rest are under investigation.

New cases reported in Colfax, Platte counties

East Central District Health Department confirmed two more cases within its jurisdiction Sunday.

A new case was reported in Colfax County, and another in neighboring Platte County, according to the ECDHD release.

ECDHD is now monitoring a total of seven cases.

"Four of the seven cases are linked to a common source," the release states. The remaining three are unrelated.

"There remains no evidence of community transmission in Boone, Colfax, Nance, or Platte Counties, but community transmission should be assumed," the release states.


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