16 new coronavirus cases in Douglas County

Five cases involve community spread
Posted at 5:58 PM, Mar 30, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) says it received preliminary results for 16 new coronavirus cases, including five from community spread.

The new cases include:

  • Nine men and women in their 20s and 30s
  • Four women in their 40s and 50s
  • A man and a woman in their 60s
  • A man in his 70s.

DHCD believes 11 people acquired coronavirus by the following means:

  • Four of the cases had direct contact with a known case
  • Two cases are travel-related
  • Five involve community spread

The point of infection for five people is still under investigation. One person has been hospitalized.

DHCD wants to remind people to take precautions to avoid being infected. The department says four of the five people contracted coronavirus from people who did not know they had it and they believe even more may be infected as a result.

Douglas County Board of Health President Chris Rogers reiterated the need to take precautions.

“The public has to take COVID-19 seriously,” said Douglas County Board of Health President Chris Rodgers. “We hope the public acts now to stop the spread of this disease, or we can and will take more strict measures to limit public activities. People need to stay home and avoid crowds.”

DHCD says it is important to know the symptoms of coronavirus which include fever, cough, sore throat and difficulty of breathing.

Anyone with symptoms is urged to contact their healthcare provider before heading in for treatment.

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