The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) has identified a second case of COVID-19 resulting from community spread. That means the person did not become infected while traveling or through contact to a known case of the novel coronavirus.

This individual is a man in his 40s who developed symptoms on March 11 and was hospitalized on March 15 after suffering from a worsening cough and fatigue. He was tested for COVID-19 on March 16 and the test returned as positive late March 17. A further investigation today (March 18) confirmed the result.

The individual has no travel history, few close contacts and no public exposure. There is one additional household member who is self-quarantined.

DCHD also has confirmed three additional travel-related cases of COVID-19. They are a woman in her 60s, a man in his 60s, and a man in his 40s.

 The Health Department is asking the public to increase its awareness of self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19, which include a fever, cough, sore throat, or difficulty breathing. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, or develop symptoms, contact your health care provider and tell them how you are feeling. Please notify them of any potential exposure to a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus. We ask that you call ahead before you go to the doctor’s office or an emergency room.

DCHD epidemiologists will continue contact investigations with everyone who is a confirmed COVID-19 case. The county now has 23 confirmed cases of the disease. 

 DCHD’s information line remains open to anyone with general questions about COVID-19. That number, (402) 444-3400, is answered weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Any person who has questions outside those hours is asked to call the United Way’s 2-1-1 Resource Hotline.

Adi Pour, Ph.D., Director

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