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NE Nebraska High School Student Has COVID-19, and Is Quarantined

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Local health leaders say so far there isn’t a local case of COVID-19 but that could change at a moment’s notice.

“We want to assure the community we are monitoring that is a case does develop, we will have them tracked.”

That’s Kevin Grieme (GREEM - like Green with an M), the Director at the Siouxland District Health Department.  He spoke at a news conference this afternoon with the support of local law enforcement and emergency management leaders at the Security Institute on the campus of Western Iowa Tech Community College.

Grieme says if you feel like you might have the virus, call your health provider first before going to a health facility in person.  

He recommends a few things to help stop the spread of the disease; stay home if you have a fever, cover your cough or sneezes and keep surfaces disinfected.

 The first presumptive case of coronavirus in Siouxland is a Crofton High School student who attended two games at the Nebraska girls state basketball tournament last week.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday night the patient had been transferred to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit on the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus. A Lincoln radio station reported the student was male with an underlying health condition, 

Schools in Crofton, Hartington, and Newcastle temporarily closed due to the potential exposure of the COVID19 virus.

The North Central District Health Department said the Crofton student started experiencing symptoms on March 5. 

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