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Madison County Community Transmission COVID-19 Case Triggers DHM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The Nebraska Dept of Health and Human Services says the state now has 109 confirmed cases of coronavirus/COVID-19.
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One of the new cases reported Saturday was a new community transmitted case from Madison County. Community transmitted means officials have been unable to determine when or where the person caught the virus. The victim in this case is a man in his 70s who lives at a long-term care facility in Norfolk, where he is self-isolating.

The case triggered another state Directed Health Measure from Governor Pete Ricketts that went into effect Sunday morning for Madison, Burt, Cuming, and Stanton Counties.

A DHM makes mandatory and enforcible by law the CDC recommendations including the 10-person rule and no dining-in at restaurants and bars.

DHM’s have been in effect for the Omaha area for about 2 weeks, the Lincoln area for about 1 week. A new 7-county area in central and southeastern Nebraska went into effect yesterday morning.

Nebraska recorded its first 2 coronavirus/COVID-19 deaths on Friday – an Omaha man in his 50s and a Hall County woman in her 60s. Both had serious underlying health conditions.

Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement sending condolences to both families from he and his wife and encouraging “all Nebraskans to keep these families and all families impacted by coronavirus in their thoughts and prayers.

The governor also said the deaths are a reminder for everyone to “practice the 10-person rule, exercise good hygiene, and to stay home if you’re displaying flu-like symptoms.”