13 coronavirus cases reported in Nebraska

Published: Mar. 12, 2020 at 9:49 PM CDT
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The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) has confirmed two additional cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County residents. These latest individuals to become sick are a man in his 50s and a woman in her 60s. Both of them traveled recently.

This brings the state total to 13.

DCHD epidemiologists are tracing the contacts of these individuals in our on-going efforts to contain this disease.

“The positive news is that our latest cases also are travel-related,” stated Health Director Dr. Adi Pour. “We continue our extraordinary efforts to prevent community spread.”

The Health Department is asking the public to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The best way to slow the spread of this disease is to wash your hands often, avoid sick people, don’t touch your face, and stay home if you are sick. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use your sleeve if you cough or sneeze.

The Douglas County Health Department also is encouraging businesses, schools and the general public to consider the practice of Social Distancing - a Public Health tool that has been successfully used to reduce the spread of infectious diseases.

On Thursday, DHHS confirmed the 11th case of coronavirus in the state.

The person is a man in his 50s from Cass County. He recently traveled back to Nebraska from Minneapolis and was on the same connecting flight as the person who is Nebraska’s first case. He has been self-isolating at home since March 7.