Two new cases of COVID-19 turned up Wednesday in Douglas County, according to preliminary data from the Douglas County Health Department.

This brings the total number of cases in Douglas County to 40. Douglas County has by far the most known cases. Statewide, there are 66 known cases as of Wednesday afternoon.

It is likely that more people in the Omaha community are infected with COVID-19 than have been reported, because people who are sick might have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.

The two latest cases in Douglas County involve a woman in her 30s and a woman in her 40s.

The county health department continues to advise everyone  throughout the Omaha community to take precautions. They said four out of five people who have become ill acquired the disease from someone who didn’t know they had it.

The COVID-19 symptoms include a fever, cough, sore throat or difficulty breathing. Some people have experienced a loss of their sense of taste or smell, the health department said.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, or develop symptoms, contact your health care provider, tell them how you are feeling and give them any possible history of exposure.

Please call ahead before you go to the doctor’s office or an emergency room.