DOUGLAS COUNTY, Neb. (KTIV) -- Nebraska health officials are reporting the first COVID-19 death in the state.
According to the Douglas County Health Department, the death occurred on Friday, March 27.
So far, Douglas County has confirmed 44 cases of COVID-19. Health officials say 9 cases were from community spread, 13 were from direct contact with someone with COVID-19 and 21 were travel-related. There is one case where officials have yet to determine where the individual got the virus.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KTIV) -- Friday afternoon, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts is scheduled to give an update on steps taken by the state to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The news conference is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Central Time.
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The conference comes as Nebraska officials say the total of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state has risen to 81.
The Nebraska Health and Human Services Department says 1,584 tests have come back negative.
Officials also report that Nebraska's initial claims for unemployment benefits skyrocketed with the rest of the nation's amid the coronavirus pandemic. The claims rose to nearly 16,000 last week from a little less than 800 the week before.
In other coronavirus news, election officials say they still plan to hold the state's May 12 primary election as scheduled