Two lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported to Central District Health Department (CDHD) on Thursday evening, March 26. One individual is a female in her 60s who is currently hospitalized and in isolation in Hall County. The other individual is a female in her 50s who is isolated at home in Hall County.
CDHD has initiated a contact investigation to identify people who may have been exposed so that they can take next steps and prevent further spread.
All identified close contacts will be notified, asked to self-quarantine (stay home) and be actively monitored twice daily by CDHD for fever and respiratory symptoms.
Typical symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath. People who are concerned they may have COVID-19 should self-isolate (have no contact with other people) and call ahead to their primary care provider to be screened over the phone. The provider can evaluate and determine if testing is necessary.
People can help protect themselves and others from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections by:
· Avoiding close contact with sick people and staying home if you are sick.
· Avoiding non-essential travel and staying at home as much as possible.
· Avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people.
· Keeping space of 6 feet or more between yourself and others.
· Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
· Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
· Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash, or cough in your sleeve.
· Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
There is a statewide coronavirus (COVID-19) information line to help answer general questions and share the latest information and resources with Nebraskans to help keep them informed: (402) 552-6645; hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST, 7 days a week. CDHD’s Covid line (3-8)285-5175 will be operational 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. over the weekend
CDHD encourages residents to stay informed by checking CDHD’s website eveningwww.cdhd.ne.gov for local information and updates, as well as links to the state and national websites.
Gothenburg, Ne - (Gothenburg Health Press Release 3/22/2020)
Gothenburg Health has confirmed a positive case for COVID-19.
This is a travel-related case, NOT due to community spread; the individual has been requested to be in self-isolation. Out of an abundance of caution, Gothenburg Health is quarantining all exposed staff for the full 14 days since exposure (CDC guideline). Gothenburg Health is financially taking care of all staff forced to quarantine.
Gothenburg Health has and will continue rigorous cleaning routines in the facility to help protect the health and safety of all employees and patients. We are actively working to cancel all non-essential visits to our facility and have created a workflow to protect suspect patients from healthy patients.
We urge the community to remain vigilant in practicing strict social distancing:
• Stay at least 6 feet apart from others at all times.
• Keep group interaction to 10 people or fewer (and highly consider the necessity of the group interaction).
• Eliminate discretionary social visits.
• Work from home if possible; businesses continuing to operate should reduce unnecessary human to human interaction.
• Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, and refrain from touching your face.
Anyone experiencing a cough, sore throat, fever or shortness of breath should stay home and isolate themselves. Please contact Gothenburg Health at 308-537-3661 if you suspect you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 BEFORE coming to the facility.