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Officials release more information on Norfolk’s first case of COVID-19

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NORFOLK, Neb. (KTIV) -- Health officials have received an update regarding the first positive case of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Norfolk, Nebraska.

Officials with the Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department say testing is underway to determine where the woman may have acquired the infection. This includes a potential analysis of the virus itself to determine the likelihood of whether the illness was acquired overseas.

The results will not be available until early next week.

Health officials say the woman has not left her home since her symptoms began on March 18. Two weeks prior to that, the woman had been participating in active monitoring with ELVPHD following her international travels.

On Monday, March 16th, two days before symptoms appeared, social distancing recommendations were put into place in Nebraska and in the U.S.

Due to this very limited exposure, officials say there were no immediate contacts identified outside of the household. They say the woman is self-isolating at home, and her family members are quarantined at this time.

More information will be released to the public when the laboratory testing process is complete.

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Dean Welte

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