No new cases of COVID-19 have been reported Sunday or Monday in the west central Nebraska health district.
However, the West Central District Health Department completed investigations of those who came in close contact with three confirmed cases in Lincoln County, Executive Director Shannon Vanderheiden said Monday afternoon.
Vanderheiden said all direct contacts who have been identified are self-quarantining for 14 days, as recommended. Investigators determined that one of the positive cases recently traveled to South Dakota, but said, “this additional information did not impact the outcome of WCDHD’s investigation.”
“We want to continue to remind everyone on the importance of social distancing. Immediately isolating when ill and quarantining with high-risk exposure will help mitigate the spread of infection.” Vanderheiden said.
Public health officials remind everyone that if you have a fever above 100.4 degrees or symptoms of respiratory illness, self-isolate and contact your healthcare provider or your local health department.
Statewide, nine new cases were identified Monday, all in eastern Nebraska, said Leah Bucco-White of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. That brings the state total to 61.
The new cases reported Monday:
A man and woman in their 60s in Washington County who recently traveled.
A woman in her 30s in Madison County.
Four new cases in Sarpy and Cass counties. Their ages were not provided.
Four new cases in Douglas County. Ages were not provided.
All identified close contacts will self-quarantine and be actively monitored twice daily by public health officials for fever and respiratory symptoms, Bucco-White said.