Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) announced that one of the two lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Lincoln today is travel related, and one is community acquired, or community spread.
A man in his 70s went on a cruise March 8, returning to port in New York City March 15. He had self-quarantined since his return and is now hospitalized. His close contacts are in self-quarantine. The case of the woman in her 20s is considered community acquired. She is self-isolating, and her close contacts are self-quarantining.
More details were released today on a case reported yesterday that was still under investigation. The case of the man in his 60s is considered community acquired. That brings the total number of community acquired cases in Lincoln to three. He is self-isolating, and his close contacts are in self-quarantine.
Lancaster County reports 544 negative tests and eight pending results from the Public Health Lab. The Health Department is monitoring 97 individuals due to travel history or exposures. Nebraska now has 278 confirmed COVID-19 cases and six deaths.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Those who experience these symptoms should self-quarantine and call their health care providers for recommended follow up before visiting. If you need help accessing care, contact the Health Department at 402-441-8006. Do not go to the emergency room unless it is essential.
Those prioritized for testing remain healthcare workers; public safety personnel; residents and employees of nursing homes and group homes; those attending or working at daycares; and people over 60 or those with underlying health conditions.
Those who have no symptoms do not need to contact a health provider to be tested. Do not go to urgent care, the emergency room, or a doctor's office to get a COVID-19 test. Those test kits and medical personnel must be reserved for individuals in the prioritized categories.