First cases of COVID-19 found in 3 NE counties

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Posted at 11:03 AM, Apr 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-12 13:00:28-04

WAYNE COUNTY, Neb. (KMTV) — The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced the first cases of COVID-19 in Box Butte, Wayne and Pierce counties on Saturday.

The Box Butte County case involves a woman in her 70's who has been isolating in her home since April 3. DHHS said the case is travel-related.

Another case in Wayne County involves a male in his 70's who began isolating at home before his symptoms started.

A first case was also announced in Pierce County.

Additionally, nine additional cases at a long-term care facility in Custer County were announced.

A resident of the Central Nebraska Veterans' Home in Kearney also tested positive for COVID-19.

Three Rivers Public Health Department also announced an additional case of COVID-19 involving a Dodge County resident in his 20's who is hospitalized. Contact investigations are underway and all identified close contacts will self-quarantine and be monitored by health officials.

There are currently 791 cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska.

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