One-third of Nebraska county engineer’s office out because of virus concerns

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — One-third of the staff of the Douglas County Engineer’s office is at home on quarantine after four people who work there tested positive for the coronavirus.

Officials said Wednesday that 23 of the 70 people in the office are isolating themselves at home because they had contact with one of the four ill employees.

Engineering manager Dan Kutilek said the situation is unfortunate, but the office is being cautious and following all health guidelines. 

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