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Eight new COVID-19 cases in Douglas County, one additional death

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Posted at 5:40 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 18:40:49-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) announced eight new COVID-19 cases Tuesday along with one additional death.

The death involves a woman in her 90's who had multiple underlying health issues.

New cases include four men and four women ranging in age from 26 to 78. Five developed the disease through a known case while three remain under investigation, the health department said.

Additionally, the health department urges the use of face masks after guidance from Public Health professionals changed.

“Wearing a homemade mask in public helps reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said. "This is especially important when you reach out for help from first responders, but also in situations like grocery stores and other retail outlets. Remember, my mask protects you, and your mask protects me."

The health department also wants to remind people that youth sports games and practices can't be held at this time because they violate directed health measures that limit the size of gatherings and require six feet of separation.

DCHD's coronavirus information line remains open at 402-444-3400 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Nebraska DHHS also has a line open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at 402-552-6645.

Any calls outside those hours are handled by the United Way's hotline at 2-1-1.

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