OMAHA – The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) is confirming three news cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.
Two of the cases were announced on Monday during a news conference. One of these cases is a man in his 20s who was in contact with another known case. The second is a man in his 30s who traveled to an area where COVID-19 is circulating and became ill after returning to Douglas County.
The third new case is another man in his 30s who was exposed in another state where COVID-19 is known to be spreading.
The Health Department Community has added some new sites as areas of potential low-risk community exposure:
– Prairie Life Center at 84th and Q on Saturday, March 14, from 6-8 p.m.
– Natural Grocers at 7831 Dodge Street on Thursday, March 12, from 8-9 p.m. and at the same location on Sunday, March 15, from 2:45-3:15 p.m.
– Amateur Coffee at 3913 Cuming Street, on Friday March 13, from 8-8:30 a.m. and that same location on Saturday, March 14, from 10-11:30 a.m.
Anyone who may have been in those locations at the listed times, should self-monitor for symptoms of the disease including a fever, cough, sore throat, or difficulty breathing. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, or develop symptoms, contact your health care provider and tell them how you are feeling. Please notify them of any potential exposure to a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus. We ask that you call ahead before you go to the doctor’s office or an emergency room.
DCHD epidemiologists will continue contact investigations with everyone who is a confirmed COVID-19 case. The county now has 19 confirmed cases, one of them being a community acquired case.
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.