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Douglas County Health Dept. reports two additional coronavirus cases

Posted at 5:23 PM, Mar 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 00:17:46-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) said in a press release Sunday that they have presumptive confirmation of two additional coronavirus cases.

The individuals are family members of the first case, a 36-year-old Douglas County woman who had traveled to the U.K.

According to DCHD, the two family members showed coronavirus symptoms and have been in self-quarantine since Friday and remain there.

Other close contacts of the 36-year-old woman have tested negative for coronavirus.

“We expected this to happen,” Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said. “This demonstrates the importance of contact investigations and shows how well they work.”

DCHD said the two newest cases had limited exposure to others in the community. Investigators have compiled a list of contacts and will reach out to them individually.

Health officials continue to believe the general public's risk is low; however, people are encouraged to monitor themselves for symptoms of coronavirus which include a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

Anyone with questions is asked to contact DCHD's information line at (402) 444-3400 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

After-hours questions can be directed to the United Way’s 2-1-1 Resource Hotline.

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