81 Cases in Nebraska: March 27

It started with a staff member going to an event in which someone else who had the Corona Virus attended. After that, the Carter Place employee unknowingly brought that virus to work where fellow staff, residents and volunteer first responders were exposed to the virus. Washington County Emergency Manager Dan Douglas says the symptoms for Covid 19 were not apparent – at that time, and everyone involved is self quarantined.

Meanwhile, Three Rivers Public Health Department’s Terra Uhing says the district – which includes Washington, Saunders and Dodge county says five new cases, as of yesterday, are reported - including two in Saunders and a new case in Dodge. All agencies involved are strongly encouraging everyone to avoid unnecessary travel and contact with others.

The numbers are increasing. The most recent reports show Nebraska has 81 confirmed cases of Coronavirus. Among those numbers… Two confirmed cases of Covid-19 at Blair’s Carter Place assisted living facility announced earlier this week. Now Three Rivers Public Health Department says one of the health care workers, has been tested positive. Another person is being observed, though not yet confirmed. Terra Uhing with Three Rivers says more cases can be expected.

Iowa’s number of Covid 19 cases has grown to 179…including four more Harrison County residents. Harrison County Home and Public Health says two people in Logan, above age 60, another in the county over the ages of 60, and a person above the age of 40 have been confirmed as having Coronavirus. This brings the total for Harrison County to seven cases.

Four more Harrison County, Iowa residents are testing positive for Covid-19. Harrison County Home and Public Health says two people in Logan, above age 60, another in the county over the ages of 60, and a person above the age of 40 have been confirmed as having Corona Virus. This brings the total to seven cases.

Just a reminder, public access to the Washington County Court House is altered to maximize safety during the Corona Virus outbreak. You will need to call or email the specific office you have business with and set an appointment. More details are online at co.Washington.ne.us.

For those who are home based right now, you may need new ideas, a fresh supply of books or videos. Even though it’s closed to walk in traffic right now, you CAN call the Blair Public Library and Technology Center and then pick up your selections at their drive through window on the East side of the building. Meanwhile, the Lied Tekamah Public Library is starting a pick up option for library materials in that community as well. You can call or email your requests in and pick them up later. Contact information is available on the Lied Tekamah Public Library facebook page.

Doctors with the Nebraska Medical Association are asking for donations of medical supplies for clinics and hospitals across the state. N-95 masks, surgical masks, medical grade gloves, scrubs are in short supply. Businesses that may have some of these supplies include tattoo parlors, nail salons, dental clinics and construction companies. If your business wants to donate those items, you should contact the closest hospital or clinic.

- Reported by Connie Green

For more coverage of the Coronavirus and local community response, including news from Connie Green and guest host interviews with Kelly Johnson, click here.

More information on the Coronavirus can be found on the CDC website.

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