No new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Lincoln County Saturday, but 10 were reported in three Nebraska counties — the biggest single day jump so far in the state.
- One case is the family member of the case announced in Lancaster County Friday. The person is self-isolating at home – https://lincoln.ne.gov/city/mayor/media/2020/032120a.htm.
- One case is a man in his 50s from Buffalo County. He is a family member of the case announced Friday. He is self-isolating at home – https://www.trphd.org/.
- Eight cases are in Douglas County. These newest cases are either travel-related or close contact with a confirmed case – https://www.douglascountyhealth.com/latest-news.
All local health departments involved have initiated close contact investigations to identify people who came into close contact to help prevent further spread. All identified close contacts will self-quarantine and be actively monitored twice daily by public health officials for fever and respiratory symptoms.
Public health officials say returning travelers should assume that COVID-19 is present at the locations they have visited and traveled through and follow these recommendations:
- All returning travelers, from any international or domestic location, should limit public interactions, practice strict social distancing, and self-monitor for symptoms.
- Returning travelers from regions with widespread sustained transmission (e.g., CDC Level 3 countries – https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices#alert – plus U.S. locales such as Seattle, WA; New York City; and Santa Clara County, CA) should immediately self-quarantine.
- If a returning traveler develops fever or respiratory illness, they need to immediately self-isolate and report to a healthcare provider or local health department.
- Individuals unable to observe the 14-day self-quarantine should consult with their local health department about appropriate actions.
- Every health care worker who returns from travel should consult with a trained medical professional at their facility (e.g., infection preventionist or physician) and establish a specific infection control protocol (e.g., home quarantine, self-monitoring, personal protective equipment while at work) that mitigates patient and co-worker exposures
As of tonight, the state case total is 48. Both state and local health departments are testing and publicly reporting their cases.