Two additional COVID-19 deaths reported in Douglas County, 12 new cases

Posted at 5:36 PM, Apr 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-04 18:36:53-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) confirmed 12 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday along with two additional deaths.

One of the deaths involved a Douglas County Health Center resident who was a man in his 80's.

According to the health center, the man was in hospice care at the facility and had several underlying health issues; however, it was determined that the acute cause of death was due to COVID-19.

“This is extremely difficult for all of us at the Health Center and our sincere condolences go out to the family,” said Erin Nelson, administrator of Douglas County Health Center. “We will continue to do all that we can to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and staff."

Since March 29, the health center has had 18 positive cases of COVID-19 involving 13 long-term care residents and five employees.

The other death involves a woman over 70, also with underlying health issues.

Additionally, 12 new cases of COVID-19 were reported to DCHD, including three men in their 20's and 30's, two men in their 60's, a man in his 80's, four women in their 30's and 40's, a woman in her 50's and a woman in her 60's.

DCHD said six of them had contact to a known case, one involved travel and another was a result of community-spread. The other cases remain under investigation.

Those with questions should contact DCHD's information line at 402-444-3400, answered daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

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