LINCOLN, Neb. (KCAU) – UPDATE: Gov. Pete Ricketts has commented after learning of the first two COVID-19 deaths in the state of Nebraska.
In a statement, Ricketts sent his condolences to the families and asked other Nebraskans to keep the families and all families who are affected by the novel coronavirus in their thoughts and prayers.
Earlier Friday afternoon, the Douglas County Health Department reported the first death in the state, saying it was a man in his 50s who also suffered from serious underlying health conditions.
The said the man had contact with a known COVID-19 case out of state and had been self-quarantined since March 11 at home.
“The family of this individual has our most sincere sympathies,” Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said. “This new disease has been in our community for only a short while, but those with co-morbidities are at a greater risk of complications.”
The death appears to be included in the departments tally of 44 total COVID-19 cases for Douglas County.
Later Friday, the Central District Health Department, which serves Hall, Hamilton & Merrick counties in Nebraska, announced another death related to the coronavirus. They said the death was that of a woman in her 60’s from Hall County who was hospitalized with underlying health issues.
The health department said that close contact will be notified, asked to self-quarantine, and be actively monitored twice a day for fever and respiratory symptoms.
Health officials continue to encourage residents to continue practicing precaution. Ricketts also reminds people to take precautionary measures by practicing good hygiene, staying home if sick or showing flu-like symptoms, and to avoid places with more than ten people.
Read Ricketts’ full statement below.
Susanne and I send our condolences to the families who lost their loved ones today. I encourage all Nebraskans to keep these families and all families impacted by coronavirus in their thoughts and prayers. This is a reminder for all of us to practice the ten-person rule, exercise good hygiene, and to stay home if you’re displaying flu-like symptoms.Gov. Pete Ricketts
In Nebraska, there are 89 confirmed cases of the coronaviruses. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services also said that 1,809 cases tested negative.
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.