Five additional coronavirus cases reported to DCHD

Posted at 8:18 PM, Mar 11, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Five additional presumptive positive cases of coronavirus were reported to the Douglas County Health Dept. (DCHD) on Wednesday evening, bringing the total in the state to 10.

The new cases are family members of the woman who recently tested positive after traveling to California and Nevada.

The individuals live in Douglas County and are self-isolating at home, according to the DCHD. They have not required hospitalization.

A total of 9 people in Douglas County have now tested positive for coronavirus.

“These cases stem from family contact and are not considered community spread,” said Dr. Gary Anthone, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for DHHS. “Local health departments are leading this response at the community level with support from DHHS. Contact investigations have been initiated to identify people who came into close contact with family members to help prevent further spread. All identified close contacts will self-quarantine and be actively monitored twice daily by public health officials for fever and respiratory symptoms.”

DCHD epidemiologists will investigate to determine if anyone else in the public has been exposed.

Public Health officials continue to believe the general public's risk remains low.

Those with questions should call 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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