Governor Pete Ricketts and health officials announced Friday afternoon that the first COVID-19 positive patient has been confirmed in Nebraska.
A 36-year-old woman will be transferred from Methodist Hospital in Omaha to University of Nebraksa Medical Center’s Biocontainment Unit in Omaha.
The source of the infection was not confirmed but, she had recently traveled with her father to the United Kingdom.
She had been in the U.K. from February 18 – 27 and began feeling mildly ill around February 25. She was brought to Methodist Hospital’s emergency department by another person on Thursday March 5th to seek medical assistance.
A medical team is being assembled in Omaha to determine other possible contacts or places she had been exposed to in recent days.
The patient was tested on Thursday March 5th, which was considered Day 10 of her illness. The positive confirmation was reported to officials around 2:00pm on Friday March 6th. A news conference was then called with news media to share information that was available.