First Death Reported In NNPHD Health District, Three New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed

WAYNE – Health officials are saddened to hear a Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department Health District resident has passed due to COVID-19 as three more cases were reported Thursday.

According to a release from NNPHD, the new patients are all females living in Dixon, Thurston and Wayne counties ranging in age from teens, 20s to 50s. The first death related to COVID-19 is a resident of Thurston County.

NNPHD Health Director, Julie Rother states “We are all saddened to hear of the passing of one of our neighbors and our thoughts are with the loved ones they leave behind. COVID-19 is a serious illness, especially for those with underlying health conditions and those aged 65 and over.  Remember that we are all in this together and it’s important that we continue to use good infection control and social distancing practices to help stop the spread of the virus to others.”

Social distancing includes limiting in-person interaction, keeping six feet of personal space between yourself and others and wearing a face mask in public, especially in situations where six feet distance may be difficult to maintain.

As of Thursday evening, there have been 777 COVID-19 tests reported for people living in the NNPHD Health District of Cedar, Dixon, Thurston and Wayne counties. The results of these tests include 76 positive cases (Cedar – 6, Dixon – 28, Thurston – 35 and Wayne county – 7), 667 negatives and 34 tests currently pending results.

As far as any cases, when NNPHD releases someone from isolation the health department no longer follows them to see how they are doing as the report from the health department does not include number of hospitalizations or recoveries.

You can stay up to date with the Coronavirus situation on the CDC website at Nebraska DHHS has a COVID-19 call in line where you can get your questions answered about the virus. The phone line operates from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days per week at 402-552-6645. Follow NNPHD on Facebook to get the latest local testing numbers and results as additional information can be found on including the new Directed Health Measures for northeast Nebraska.