Four more cases of COVID-19 were identified Tuesday in Saunders, Washington and Lancaster counties, including two elderly people in a care home in Blair.
Four new cases were also announced earlier in Douglas County. With the eight new cases in eastern Nebraska, as of Tuesday night the state total is 64.
The four newest cases are:
• Two Washington County residents, a woman in her 90s and a man in his 70s. The man is currently hospitalized. Both are residents of an assisted living facility in Blair.
The facility is aggressively responding the situation and working with local and state health officials to ensure the safety and care of all residents.
• A Saunders County woman in her 50s.
• A Lancaster County man in his 50s.
• The Lancaster County case is the third in the Lincoln area, although the results of two more tests are pending. In all, the Lancaster County Health Department is monitoring 188 individuals, with 146 negative tests and 3 positives.
Nebraska now has 1,304 negative tests and 62 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Lancaster County Health Department said.
Under what has become the standard practice, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said contact investigations are underway to identify those who came into close contact with the latest victims, to help prevent further spread.
The identified close contacts will self-quarantine and be actively monitored twice daily by public health officials for fever and respiratory symptoms, DHHS said.