Sixth Nebraska Household Contact Tests Positive for COVID-19

The child is a household contact of five earlier cases

OMAHA –  A child has been confirmed as Douglas County’s latest case of COVID-19.

The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) has received presumptive confirmation of this new case on Friday afternoon. The child is a household contact of five earlier cases that were announced on Wednesday. Those individuals are connected to the earlier case of a woman who had traveled to California and Nevada.

Everyone in the household has been in self-quarantine for several days and are close family members of the earlier case. They have not required hospitalization, but remain in self-isolation. Because they are closely related this is not considered community spread.

DCHD epidemiologists will investigate to determine if anyone else in the community has been exposed. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Douglas County to 12, not including anyone brought to Nebraska Medicine’s Quarantine or Bio-containment Units.

DCHD’s information line remains open to anyone with general questions about COVID-19. That number, (402) 444-3400, is answered weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Any person who has questions outside those hours is asked to call the United Way’s 2-1-1 Resource Hotline.

There continues to be no evidence of community spread of COVID-19, with all of the Douglas County cases linked to travel and family members of travelers. Symptoms of the disease include a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.