56 new cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County
On Sunday, May 3, the Health Department confirmed 56 new cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County.
While some restrictions are scheduled to be relaxed on Monday, people in Douglas County need to remember that COVID-19 remains a threat and those who are most at risk – due to age or chronic illnesses, should extend their social distancing practices and stay home. Social distancing is essential for everyone, and what was seen over the weekend was not encouraging.
“Our restrictions have not changed. Any get-togethers with friends or family should be no more than 10 people and everyone needs to be six feet apart. The virus is here,” Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said. “We had our highest case count Saturday. COVID-19 is everywhere. If we do not follow those necessary precautions, it will be with us all summer long and things will get worse. We don’t want to go backwards.”
On Sunday, May 3, the Health Department confirmed 56 new cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County. That brings the total number of cases in the county to 865 since the start of the outbreak. DCHD will continue to develop additional data.
As of Saturday night, local hospitals reported 548 medical surge beds were available and 60 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19. Of the 349 ventilators available to area hospitals, 73 were in use, including 14 for confirmed COVID-19 patients. Seventy-one individuals are confirmed to have recovered from the illness.
Remember the COVID-19 symptoms, which may include, but are not limited to, a fever, cough, sore throat, severe fatigue, or difficulty breathing. In most cases, a person will have more than one symptom. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please contact your health care provider and tell them how you are feeling, and discuss any possible exposure history. Please call ahead before you go to the doctor’s office or an emergency room.
“If you take a pill, you need to continue to protect yourself,” Dr. Pour said. “Anyone with underlying conditions, and there are many who have them, are especially in danger from this disease.”