Nebraska COVID-19 update: UNL confirms first case

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(WOWT) -- The first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed on the University of Nebraska Lincoln campus, according to a statement of the University's website.

The employee worked at Selleck Dining Hall and last had contact with students on March 30.

The person is self-isolating and was identified as one of the six new confirmed cases announced Thursday in Lincoln.

On Tuesday, University officials issued a statement across all four of Nebraska's campuses restricting access of facilities to all, except those designated as on-site personnel.

All outdoor recreation spaces on campus are closed.

Students living in university residence halls and Greek houses can continue to do so as long as they are abiding by social distancing practices.

Douglas County woman dies

A Douglas County woman in her 60s with underlying health conditions has died from complications related to COVID-19, the Douglas County Health Department confirmed Thursday. It is the sixth such death in the county.

The DCHD also confirmed 13 new cases of the coronavirus in the county. They include four men and nine women between the ages of 25 and 89.

Eight of the new cases have had contact with a known case. One is travel related. The rest remain under investigation.

Douglas County has now seen 198 cases of COVID-19.

Six more cases confirmed in Lancaster County

Earlier on Thursday, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported six more COVID-19 cases have been confirmed there.

With these additional cases, Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and LLCHD are reporting the city’s total at 45 cases, including the death of a man in his 50s on Wednesday, according to a Thursday news release.

The Lincoln health district is now monitoring 104 people. There have been 1,287 negative tests in Lancaster County; 18 more tests are pending at the Nebraska Public Health Lab, the release states.

Six staff test positive at YRTC-Kearney

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services issued a statement Thursday confirming six staffmembers at YRTC-Kearney have tested positive for COVID-19.

The six have been informed and have not returned to work, DHHS stated. All staff and floaters at the facility have since been tested as of this week.


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