Four new cases of COVID-19 were reported Thursday in Douglas County, according to preliminary data from the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD).

This brings the total number of cases in Douglas County to 44.

These latest cases involve a woman in her 30s and a man in his 40s plus two men in their 50s. The Douglas County Health Department’s epidemiology team is investigating the cases.

The Health Department says everyone should take precautions to avoid a COVID-19 infection, not just in locations that were previously listed as potential exposure sites.

You also should bear in mind that many people who are sick have mild symptoms. According to the CDC, four out of five people who have become ill acquired the disease from someone who didn’t know they had it, so there likely are many more people in the community who are infected with COVID-19 than have been reported, the Douglas County Health Department said.