OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Hospital officials say a health care provider who worked in the neonatal intensive care unit of Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha has tested positive for COVID-19.
The hospital said in a news release Wednesday that the provider had contact with 10 patients, and that the families of the patients and hospital staff members who came in contact with the infected person have been informed.
The provider was tested after developing symptoms following work last weekend at the hospital and is now isolating at home.
Health officials said Tuesday that Nebraska had had 64 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began.
The CDC said that most COVID-19 illnesses are mild, but about 16% of cases are serious. Older people or those with underlying health conditions are most at risk of developing a serious illness.
Symptoms for the virus include fever, cough and shortness of breath. They occur 2-14 days after exposure. Anyone that develops the symptoms and has been in contact with some who has the virus or has recently traveled from where the virus is widespread is asked to see a doctor.
To help prevent the spread, people are asked to do the following:
- Wash their hands often
- Avoid close contact
- Stay home if sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean and disinfect
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Below are various health organizations with information on COVID-19.
- Siouxland District Health Department
- South Dakota Department of Health
- Iowa Department of Public Health
- Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
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