UPDATE: Health officials announce four additional cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska, brings state total to 704

Nebraska News

LINCOLN, Neb. (KCAU) – UPDATE: At around 6 p.m. Saturday, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced four more cases of COVID-19, which brings the state total to 704.

DHHS said out of the 10,197 tests performed that 9,471 of them came back negative for the virus.

Health officials said the total number of deaths from COVID-19 in Nebraska are still at 17.

The two latest deaths were reported on Friday night.

The Central District Health Department said that a man and a woman in their 70s died at a hospital in Hall County and were residents at a long-term-care facility.

April 11, 5 p.m. The Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department (NNPHD) has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in Wayne County.

NNPHD said the case is a man in his 70s and has been isolating at home since before the onset of symptoms.

NNPHD said they received the lab results for this case on Saturday.

Officials said their nursing team will continue to investigate the situation and identify any close contacts who may need to be contacted and provided with the appropriate isolation and quarantine guidelines.

They also mention that they have started an investigation to determine how he became exposed to the virus.

Julie Rother, NNPHD Health Director, is reminding people of the importance to continue to practice social distancing.

“We all need to take our role seriously in slowing the spread of the virus. There are many people in our communities who are at a higher risk of severe disease from the virus such as people over 65 and those with underlying health conditions. Please do your part to limit any unnecessary exposure to the virus and to others. It’s important that we all follow the Governor’s guidance to Stay Home, Stay Healthy and Stay Connected,” said Rother.

April 11, 12 p.m. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced 52 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 700.

Health officials said that there are 17 deaths in Nebraska from the virus.

DHHS said out the 10,007 tests performed that 9,285 have come back negative.

Wayne County is reporting its first case of COVID-19.

Here’s the list of Nebraska counties in Siouxland that have at least one positive case of COVID-19:

  • Madison: 6
  • Cuming: 2
  • Knox: 2
  • Antelope: 1
  • Burt: 1
  • Pierce: 1
  • Stanton: 1
  • Wayne: 1

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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