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Douglas County Health Department says 350 people had close contact with coronavirus

350 people identified
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Posted at 1:41 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 14:41:53-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Tuesday, the Douglas County Health Department released an update on their investigation into the spread of coronavirus in our area.

The department said "350 individuals who were or are being actively monitored or self-quarantined" have been identified due to close contact with confirmed cases of the virus.

Close contact is defined by the Douglas County Health Department as, "People who were within six feet of a confirmed case for a prolonged period of time or living with, visiting, caring for, sharing a waiting room with, or having someone infected with COVID-19 cough on you."

The Health Department provided the following tips to avoid contracting or spreading coronavirus:

  • As much as possible you should stay in a specific room away from other people
  • Use a separate bathroom if one is available
  • Try to work or attend school from home
  • Do not use public transportation if you must go to a health care provider
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Monitor your symptoms and promptly seek medical attention if your conditions worsens
  • Call before arriving at a clinic.

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