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Presumptive positive case of COVID-19 reported in Knox County, Nebraska

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KNOX COUNTY, Neb. (KTIV) -- The Nebraska North Central District Health Department is reporting the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Siouxland.

Early Wednesday morning, the agency posted that the person is a student in Knox County, Nebraska. The student has since been transferred to the Biocontainment Unit at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Local health departments say they continue to identify people who came into close contact with the person to help prevent further spread. All identified close contacts will self-quarantine and be actively monitored twice daily by public health officials for fever and respiratory symptoms. 

Facebook Post From Nebraska North Central District Health Department

In another Facebook post, this one from Crofton Community Schools, it was announced that they would be closing schools for the rest of the week as a precaution to limit exposure. It also stated that the patient is a student at Crofton High School. The letter also identified potential exposure events that the community should be aware of.

They include:

● Girls State Basketball Hartington Cedar Catholic vs. Weeping Water Game held in Lincoln, NE on March 5th at 9:00 AM. This game was held at Lincoln Southwest High School. Exposures may have occurred in the Hartington Cedar Catholic general fan section.

● Girls State Basketball Crofton vs. Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur held in Lincoln, NE on March 5th at 7:00 PM. This game was held at Lincoln North Star High School. Exposures may have occurred in the Crofton general fan section.

● Crofton Elementary forth-sixth grade students and staff who attended school on March 10th

Hartington-Newcastle Schools will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, Cedar Catholic High School and Holy Trinity Elementary School in Hartington will be closed for the rest of the week. All of the closures are out of an abundance of caution.

Officials also identified students and staff who attended Crofton Elementary School on March 10 as a potential exposure event.

If people were at these locations during the time frames mentioned, please contact your local health department for guidance and next steps.

Public health continues to take action to protect the health of Nebraskans and prevent the spread of disease.

People can help protect themselves from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections by: 

  • Avoiding close contact with sick people and stay home if you are sick.
  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Click here for more information on COVID-19.

Keith W. Bliven

KTIV News Director

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