8 Nebraskans on cruise ship brought back for quarantine

Nebraska News

The building housing the biocontainment unit at Nebraska Medical Center is seen in this Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 photo in Omaha, Neb. The center is treating patient potentially exposed to a viral outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. (AP Photo/Josh Funk)

OMAHA, Neb. (KCAU) – University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine announced that they brought eight people back to Nebraska for quarantine.

UNMC and Nebraska Medicine, in collaboration with the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness & Response and the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, supported an operation to bring home eight Nebraska residents who had been passengers on the Grand Princess cruise ship on Tuesday. Those eight individuals will be quarantined in their homes and be monitored by local public health officials.

Between Sunday and Monday, four more people from the Diamond Princess cruise ship left the National Quarantine Unit. There is one person left from the cruise ship that might leave the NQU in the next day or two, depending on the test results.

On Monday, a 24-bed unit within the Nebraska Medical Center was dedicated and segmented for a confirmed and suspected coronavirus patients who require hospital care. The unit has negative air pressure throughout.

Two people in the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit have been moved to the new unit. Those are a 36-year-old woman from Omaha who remains in critical condition and a former Diamond Princess passenger who suffered from a ground-level fall that continues to be in good condition.

On Monday, a 16-year-old boy from Crofton, Nebraska, who had been treated in the Biocontainment Unit, was discharged after three negative tests of COVID-19. The Biocontainment Unit is empty and will be used as a surge location going forward.

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 someone 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.

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