OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — As coronavirus cases come in throughout our area on Saturday, KMTV will update this story with the latest details. Check back often for updates. The latest updates will be posted at the top. You can find our full coronavirus coverage here.
As of 5:45 p.m. Saturday, there have been 2,732 COVID-19 cases in the state since the outbreak began and 53 deaths, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
The Three Rivers Public Health Department identified two cases of COVID-19 in Dodge County on Saturday involving a male in his 40s and a female in her 30s.
The health department is investigating the cases.
The Three Rivers Public Health Department announced one additional COVID-19 case in Saunders County on Saturday involving a male in his 50s.
The male is self-isolating and contact investigations have been completed.
According to the health department, this case is a close contact of another case.
A first case of COVID-19 was reported in Thurston County on Saturday, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
There are 8 cases of COVID-19 in Merrick County, the Central District Health Department said Saturday.
The Central District Health Department announced two deaths in Hall County on Saturday.
There are currently 811 cases in the county.
One death was reported in Hamilton County on Saturday, according to the Central District Health Department.
There are currently 47 cases in the county.
The Douglas County Health Department announced 23 additional cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 399.
The new cases involve eight men and 16 women ranging in age from 22 to 71.
Six of the individuals had contact with a previous case, four cases were community acquired and 12 cases remain under investigation, according to the health department.
None of the new cases are known to be hospitalized.
Fourteen people have died from COVID-19 in Douglas County.
The health department reminds residents that a program called the Nebraska Accommodation Project is in place to help those who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and need to stay away from their families.
If you think you may qualify, visit this website.
DOUGLAS COUNTY HEALTH CENTER
The Douglas County Health Center confirmed on Saturday that two additional long-term care residents have died from coronavirus.
According to the Health Center, the deaths involve men in their 70s with multiple underlying health conditions who had been hospitalized for weeks after testing positive for COVID-19.
Three additional COVID-19 cases involving two residents and one employee were also announced.
Since March 29, the Health Center has had 35 COVID-19 cases total involving 22 long-term care residents and 13 employees, including the four residents who have passed away.
More than 200 residents and employees have been tested and the facility plans to continue testing.
The Health Center said that 20 employees have recently tested negative for COVID-19.
“We truly do feel like we have the virus contained,” said Erin Nelson, administrator of Douglas County Health Center. “We know there are a lot of people who are nervous about some of the restrictions in the community being lifted, but we are going to continue to do our best to keep the residents and our staff safe.”
Additionally, one of the first long-term care residents who was hospitalized after testing positive has recovered and is back at the Health Center.
Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department announced seven additional COVID-19 cases Saturday, bringing the total in the community to 120.
Saturday's new cases involve one woman and six men ranging in age from their 20s to their 60s.
The cases are being investigated, according to the health department.
The Iowa Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) announced 648 additional COVID-19 cases on Saturday and 5 more deaths.
Saturday marks Iowa's largest single-day increase in new cases since the outbreak began.
Additional deaths were reported in the following counties, according to IDPH:
- Black Hawk County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)
- Johnson County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)
- Polk County, 1 older adult (61-80 years), 1 elderly adult (81+)
- Scott County, 1 elderly adult (81+)
There are now a total of 5,092 positive coronavirus cases in the state.
According to the health department, there have been 1,730 additional negative tests and a total of 29,258 negative tests to date.
The growing number of positive cases is attributed to increased testing, IDPH says.