COVID-19 Update 3/26/2020

COVID-19 Update 3/26/2020

LINCOLN, Neb. (KGFW) – Gov. Pete Ricketts is asking people who’ve recently traveled to areas with increased COVID-19 activity – like Denver and Kansas City – to self-quarantine for 14-days. The Governor has touted bumping elbows over shaking hands but notes that most people just opt to wave now. Wayson Dunn with the American Red Cross spoke at the capital yesterday warning that blood donations are declining.

As exepanded testing uncovers more COVID-19 cases in our state – negative tests continue to far outpace positives. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says 68 have now tested positive while more than 1,400 have tested negative.

Total global cases have topped 474,000 and more than 21,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. With expanded testing, US cases near 70,000, behind only China and Italy. More than 1,000 have died. Recoveries now number more than 115,000.

People 60 and older and those with underlying conditions are at greater risk of severe symptoms. People 80 years and older are at even greater risk of death. Most will show only mild or no symptoms at all. So, hospitals say do not go to the emergency room unless you’re having trouble breathing.

It’s recommended that gatherings be kept to 10 people or less.

Officials say number of Nebraska COVID-19 cases rose again

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Officials say two more COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Nebraska, bringing the state total to 68. The announcement Wednesday night follows the Legislature’s approval of an $83.6 million emergency relief package to help public health officials respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Pete Ricketts signed the bill that will provide money for additional medical and cleaning supplies, tests and overtime for state health care workers. The governor also added Lancaster, Dodge and Saunders counties to the list of places where restaurants and bars will have to close their dining rooms because of the health risk.รก

Nebraska OKs $83.6M virus package as more cases surface

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska has approved an $83.6 million emergency relief package to help public health officials respond to new coronavirus as the number of cases continued to rise and Lincoln city officials imposed new rules that will close some businesses and restrict how others can operate. Gov. Pete Ricketts signed the new funding bill Wednesday to pay for additional medical and cleaning supplies, tests and overtime for state health care workers. He also added Lancaster, Dodge and Saunders counties to the list of places where restaurants and bars will be forced to close their dining rooms because of the health risk. Nebraska has had 66 COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, which was two more than on Tuesday.

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic opens in Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A drive-thru clinic has opened in Lincoln where one person in each vehicle can be tested for influenza, respiratory illnesses and COVID-19. The testing organized by Bryan Health runs from 2 to 6 p.m. daily at Bryan LifePointe. Officials say people seeking the tests must have referrals from their doctors or through Bryan’s EZVisit telehealth service. Flu and respiratory test results should be available in 24 hours, while COVID-19 results will take two to three days. Officials say they think the drive-thru can handle about 60 people a day. Health officials say three Lancaster County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.