Local Health Officials Investigate Potential Exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With the first case of coronavirus confirmed in Nebraska, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) is working with the state and other local health departments to investigate the potential exposure of local residents.

A 36-year old Omaha woman with underlying health conditions was diagnosed with the virus yesterday and is now being treated at UNMC. She had attended a Special Olympics event from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. February 29 at the Fremont Family YMCA, 810 N. Lincoln Avenue. About 500 people participated in the event, including some from Lincoln.

State and local health officials are asking the basketball players, coaches and team staff from Lincoln and Lancaster County who participated in that event to take two measures:

  • Self-quarantine and monitor themselves for development of COVID-19 symptoms until Saturday, March 14.
  • Self-report to the LLCHD at 402-441-8006 for guidance and next steps.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Those who experience these symptoms should self-quarantine and call their health care providers for recommended follow up. If you need help accessing care, contact the Health Department at 402-441-8006.