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Fifth Nebraska COVID-19 death announced

Staff Writer
Syracuse Journal-Democrat

The fifth death related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on April 1. The person was a Madison County resident in her 70s with underlying health conditions - https://elvphd.org/ .

“We extend our sympathy to the family," said Dr. Gary Anthone, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for DHHS. “As we see COVID-19 cases increase in Nebraska, we will see more severe illness and sadly, more deaths."

Community transmission was identified in Antelope and Lincoln Counties. Community transmission is when people have COVID-19 but public health officials are unable to identify how or where they became infected - https://ncdhdne.wordpress.com/ and https://wcdhd.org/ .

State Directed Health Measures (DHMs) were issued April 1 for the following 15 counties:   Antelope, Arthur, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Hooker, Keya Paha, Knox, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Pierce, Rock, and Thomas -  https://www.dropbox.com/s/253ohztp9w96hzl/DHM%204.01.2020.pdf?dl=0 .

The quarantine measures included in the State DHMs are for individuals who are COVID-19 positive or develop fever, sudden onset of a dry cough, or sudden onset of shortness of breath without provocation (such as walking up stairs, running, choking, etc.).  This excludes those with seasonal allergies, COPD, or other diagnoses that may produce respiratory symptoms.  Additionally, the directive doesn't apply to patients who have an alternative non-COVID-19 diagnosis from a healthcare provider. These patients should follow the treatment and guidance provided by their healthcare provider for such conditions.

Cuming County's first case of COVID-19 was also reported.

As of April 1, the state case total is 214. DHHS launched a new data dashboard that provides daily updates to the state's COVID-19 case totals. Find it at http://dhhs.ne.gov/coronavirus .