Two remote Nebraska counties have reported their first cases of a new coronavirus that has spread across the globe, state health officials reported. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release Monday night that Cheyenne County in the Nebraska Panhandle reported a woman in her 20s testing positive for COVID-19. The woman had been in close contact with another infected person, local officials said.
And on the opposite side of the state, in northeastern Nebraska’s Stanton County, a man in his 60s with no underlying health conditions has tested positive for the virus. Officials said his case originates from “community spread,” meaning health officials can’t trace the source of the infection. Both counties are rural and sparsely populated, with about 10,000 people calling Cheyenne County home and little more that 6,000 people in Stanton County.
For most people, COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. Older adults and people with existing health problems are among those particularly susceptible to more severe illnesses. The state’s latest case count as of Tuesday morning stood at 412 confirmed COVID-19 cases and nine deaths.