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Sarpy County leaders give update on coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 6:59 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 19:59:46-04

BELLEVUE, Neb. (KMTV) — On Friday afternoon leaders from across Sarpy County discussed how they're preventing the spread of coronavirus.

"If you think you're overreacting, you're doing the right thing. If you think you're not doing enough, than you're probably behind the curve," said Papillion Mayor David Black.

Sarpy Cass Health Department officials reported a new case of coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total to four in Sarpy and Cass counties.

"I think across the state of Nebraska we will see more cases," said Sarah Schram, the Sarpy Cass Health Department Director. "I think public health is prepared for that and we'll continue to do what needs to be done."

Health officials said a case reported Thursday night is now considered as community spread, which is the third such case in the state.

"We knew that there was community spread in Douglas County and the type of community we live in there's not a wall or a border between Douglas and Sarpy County," Schram said.

Offutt Air Force Base is making changes as well. Col. Alan Dayton said the base is at Health Protection Condition Bravo to help increase protection for those living there.

"Ultimately our goal at Offutt is to prevent the spread across the installation so we can protect the force in order to preserve our mission capability," Dayton said.

Schram said she expects the number of cases to go up over the weekend. County leaders urge residents to make smart decisions.

"I think we're doing what needs to be done right now and the more that we can get our citizens and residents on board I think would be helpful," Schram said. "We as a community we'll get through this but we have to stick together."

County leaders said if residents want to leave their homes over the weekend they should support local businesses by ordering pick-up or delivery.

Watch reporter Phil Bergman's story in the above video.