This press release just arrived from the Douglas County Health Department:
The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) continues to investigate the most recent cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. These investigations involve tracing the activities of individuals who are sick in our continuing efforts to contain the disease.
Our epidemiologists have identified two locations as the site of possible low-risk exposures. Those exposures would have occurred during the following times at these locations:
· The Subway Sandwich shop inside the Walmart Supercenter on 1800 North 16th Street in Council Bluffs on Sunday, March 8, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
· The PepperJax Grill at 1221 Howard Street in Omaha on Sunday, March 8 from 5:30-9 p.m.
While this is considered a low-risk exposure, if you visited either of these locations on Sunday, March 8 during the hours listed above it is recommended that you monitor yourself for a fever and other symptoms for 14 days. Those symptoms include a fever, a cough or trouble breathing. If you develop symptoms, you should contact your health care provider and inform them of the exposure. Please call ahead before you visit a doctor’s office or a waiting room.
The best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to wash your hands often, avoid sick people, don’t touch your face, and stay home if you are sick. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use your sleeve if you cough or sneeze.
Douglas County Health Department’s COVID-19 Information Line is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (402) 444-3400 to answer general questions about this new disease. The line is answered in English and Spanish. The United Way’s 2-1-1 information line is also taking calls when the DCHD line is closed.