Suspect Case Tests Negative for COVID-19 within Loup Basin Public Health Dept.

BURWELL–The suspect case for COVID-19 within the Loup Basin Public Health Department’s (LBPHD) jurisdiction has tested negative for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

According to a press release issued earlier today (March 18, 2020) the department is encouraging those living within the jurisdiction to limit non-essential travel. All returning travelers, domestic, and international are at a higher risk for exposure to COVID-19. If a returning traveler develops a fever or respiratory illness, they need to IMMEDIATELY self-isolate and report to a provider or LBPHD.

Areas with widespread sustained transmission (CDC level 3 countries, plus Washington, New York, California, and Colorado) are at an increased risk and of special concern. Such travelers should self-quarantine for 14 days and immediately report any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

The LBPHD posted on its Facebook page the following:

“At this time, testing availability is changing rapidly with commercial labs and Nebraska’s Public Health Laboratory both testing specimens. Loup Basin Public Health Department will only notify the public of negative and positive results. If we have a positive result, the county of residence will be shared.”

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

  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people and stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For the latest information, visit the Nebraska Department of Health and HUman Services website at http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx or LBPHD at www.lbphd.org.

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