Nebraska’s first COVID-19 patient recovering, now off ventilator

Nebraska's first confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) patient is on the road to recovery. 
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Nebraska’s first confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) patient is on the road to recovery.

Governor Pete Ricketts announced Thursday the 36-year-old Douglas Countywoman, who was diagnosed as the state’s first positive case on March 6, is now off the ventilator she had been using at UNMC.

The woman, who has not been publicly identified, had underlying health conditions and had traveled to Europe before returning to Omaha and being diagnosed with COVID-19. She was taken to UNMC in critical condition.

While not fully recovered, Ricketts said the woman is doing better and asked Nebraskans to pray for her.

Ricketts credited Omaha World-Herald reporter Paul Hammel for the update.

The news comes as health officials report the 73rd confirmed case in the state. As of Thursday afternoon, 1,584 people had tested negative, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.



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