First coronavirus case confirmed in Lincoln
The individual is a 48-year-old male resident of Lincoln who traveled to Colorado March 8 and 9.
Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) today announced that officials are investigating the first confirmed positive case of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, in Lancaster County.
The individual is a 48-year-old male resident of Lincoln who traveled to Colorado March 8 and 9. He developed symptoms March 15 and visited his health care provider March 16. The provider tested for COVID-19 and advised him to self-isolate at home until the test results were received. The provider followed protocol and immediately contacted LLCHD when the test came back positive for COVID-19 today. The individual continues to self-isolate at home.
LLCHD is the lead agency for community preparedness and response. Interim Health Director Pat Lopez said LLCHD is working with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate the case.
“We are taking this change in our community’s status very seriously because we know that, for those considered at highest risk – older adults and those with underlying health conditions – the virus poses a very serious threat,” said Mayor Gaylor Baird. “Every decision we make continues to be based on how we can best protect them, our health care workers, and all of our residents with every available resource. While this latest development is cause for significant concern, it is important to remember that, for the vast majority of people who end up contracting coronavirus, the impact to their health will be minimal.”
LLCHD is now monitoring 160 individuals. The agency reports 55 negative tests with 5 pending. There are now 33 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska.