The first case of the novel corona virus in Lincoln County was announced Tuesday night by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services — a man in his 50s who recently went on a cruise.

The man also recently traveled to California. He is self-isolated at home, DHHS said in the announcement at 9:52 p.m.

Two other cases in Nebraska were confirmed Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 24.

“We need to be extra vigilant and stay home if we’re experiencing any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses including fever, cough, and shortness of breath,” said Shannon Vanderheiden, the executive director of West Central Health District.

WCDHD is  investigating who the man has come in close contact with, to help prevent further spread. The close contacts who are identified will self-quarantine and be actively monitored twice daily by public health officials for fever and respiratory symptoms, Vanderheiden said.

WCDHD also continues to plan with their Public Health Command Center, a group of Lincoln County officials.

“We will continue to work together to help slow the spread,” Vanderheiden said.

West Central District Health Department reminds everyone of the importance of proper hand-washing and staying home if you are ill.

If you develop the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, call your provider before visiting their medical facility.

The other new cases in Nebraska Tuesday:

A Sarpy County man in his 30s who had contact with another case who was a business traveler from Virginia in the Omaha metro area. The Sarpy County resident is self-isolatied at home.

A man in his 30s from Knox County in northeast Nebraska. He recently traveled to another state where there is community transmission of COVID-19. He is also self-isolated at home, DHHS said.


CDC reminds everyone to: 

• Avoid close contact with sick people and stay home if you are sick.

• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.