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Additional coronavirus case announced in Lincoln

Coronavirus
Posted at 9:01 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 22:20:35-04

LANCASTER COUNTY, Neb. (KMTV) — Lincoln officials announced a third case of COVID-19 on Tuesday evening.

According to the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD), the new case is a man in his 50's who was confirmed positive Tuesday afternoon.

The health department is investigating his travel history and close contacts.

On Wednesday, the Nebraska Department of Public Health announced the case was community spread.

Lincoln's first confirmed case involved a 48-year-old Lincoln man who had traveled to Colorado and the second case was one of his family members.

LLCHD is monitoring 188 individuals and reports 146 negative tests, 3 positive tests and 2 that are pending.

“The Health Department continues to work with our Lincoln health care network and community partners to ensure that the latest and most accurate information is being shared with the public,” said Lincoln Mayor Gaylor Baird. “This information will guide our community’s response and our decisions on how to best minimize transmission of the disease to protect our residents.”