Douglas County Health Center announces 7 new COVID-19 cases

Posted at 7:09 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 20:09:07-04

OMAHA, NEB. (KMTV) — The Douglas County Health Center announced seven new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday involving five residents and two employees.

Since March 29, the facility has seen 32 positive cases of coronavirus total, involving 20 long-term care residents and 12 employees, including two residents who have passed away.

The health center said nine residents are currently isolated in their rooms at the facility and are in stable condition. Nine additional residents are hospitalized.

“We will be installing additional negative airflow machines on Thursday for precautionary purposes,” said Erin Nelson, administrator of Douglas County Health Center. “We continue to test any symptomatic employee or resident and we are isolating any resident returning from the hospital for 14 days to help prevent any unintended COVID-19 cross-contamination.”

Nelson added that she's grateful for the employees at the health center who "continue to go above and beyond during these difficult times." She also mentioned there have been fewer COVID-19 related call-ins by nursing staff.

Some staff members who have tested positive are isolating at home while others have fully recovered.

A large yard greeting was set up on the lawn of the facility Tuesday afternoon to show appreciation to the employees. See photos below.

“We just wanted all of our hardworking staff at the Health Center to know we are so proud of them,” said Douglas County Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson. “They have a very tough job and they have stuck in there like champions. We wanted to give them a boost and show them they are heroes.”

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