4 people leave coronavirus quarantine unit in Omaha

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts greeted two of the people as they left quarantine unit Monday morning.
Corona Leaving

Four people being monitored in the National Quarantine Unit on the UNMC/Nebraska Medical Center campus have left quarantine after exceeding the qualifications to be eligible for release, health officials said Monday.

Two of the people previously tested positive for COVID-19, while two others have tested negative throughout the quarantine process.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts greeted two of the people as they left quarantine unit Monday morning.

These four Americans met all UNMC/Nebraska Medicine qualifications for release, which exceeded CDC qualifications. Two people who previously tested positive for the disease were released from quarantine on Sunday afternoon, having tested negative for the virus in three separate tests, 24 hours apart.

While March 2nd has been previously stated as the release date for those who have continued to test negative for the disease, the two released Sunday met guidelines to leave quarantine a day before those who have tested negative throughout because:

  • The date of their first test in Japan
  • Symptoms which have been absent which allows testing to start
  • Three negative tests 24 hours apart

The two people who have tested negative throughout the process left the National Quarantine Unit this morning.

Thus far, monitoring in the National Quarantine Unit up to this point has been uneventful. The majority of the people being monitored  have either had minor or no symptoms from the coronavirus.

One person met clinical requirements to be enrolled in the first clinical trial in the country to test the effectiveness of a drug to fight the disease. Dr. Andre Kalil, a UNMC/Nebraska Medicine professor and infectious diseases specialist is leading that trial.

Eleven people are still being monitored inside the 20-bed National Quarantine Unit, the only federally funded quarantine unit in the country. Three of these individuals had previously been receiving care in the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, but their conditions improved to the point where that care was no longer needed.

Release dates for those still in quarantine will likely occur in a staggered fashion, as each person meets requirements for testing, and subsequently receiving, the required test results.

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