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Camp Ashland evacuee transported to NE Medicine/UNMC

Posted: 1:07 PM, Feb 14, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-14 19:18:39-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Fifty-seven people have been at Camp Ashland being watched for coronavirus for eight days. Now, one of them is in the quarantine center at Nebraska Medicine for testing.

The adult female apparently has a mild cough but no other symptoms.

“She arrived and was really very comfortable,” said Dr. Mike Wedman of the Nebraska Medical Center’s quarantine unit. “[She] didn't appear to be anxious at all, we escorted her back to the room, did a quick intake, she was very cooperative.”

They've tested the woman and will do it again on Saturday. If her symptoms progress, she'd go to the bio-containment unit. If not, back to Camp Ashland.

"Morale remains high of the staff and the residents,” said Capt. Dana Hall, a Deputy Federal Health Coordinating official. “All that's unchanged. The activities are still the same and our staff is still interacting with [them] throughout the day.”

Symptoms of coronavirus include upper respiratory issues that can turn into a cough or result in pneumonia.

Doctors say protecting yourself from coronavirus is pretty much the same as protecting yourself from influenza. Wash your hands as much as you can, keep them clean often, also stay away from people who are sick so you don't get sick.

If she tests positive for the virus, doctors say they'll extend the quarantine time for her family and the people around her but not everyone at Camp Ashland.

They say the public shouldn't worry about the precaution. They say Friday’s actions are a result of having a very low threshold for any sort of symptom.

The people at Camp Ashland will be quarantined for 14 days, so they're more than half way done and are being tested twice a day.

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