Another one of the Americans who were exposed to a new virus on a Japanese cruise ship and were being monitored at an Omaha hospital has been released from quarantine. The University of Nebraska Medical Center said Tuesday that another patient had been cleared to leave quarantine by testing negative for COVID-19 three times. Earlier this week, four other people left quarantine at the Omaha hospital. Ten more people who were evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship earlier this month remain.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts says federal officials are urging states to seek whatever federal resources they need to prepare for the COVID-19 virus as it spreads in the United States and to focus as much as possible on prevention. Ricketts says he's aiming to ensure that Nebraska is the “best-prepared state” to handle the virus if any cases are confirmed outside of quarantine areas. His comments came after a conference call that included governors, Vice President Mike Pence and state and federal health officials.

Four of the Americans who were exposed to a new virus on a Japanese cruise ship and were being monitored at an Omaha hospital have been released from quarantine. The University of Nebraska Medical Center says two of them never tested positive for the new coronavirus and were cleared for release Monday. Two others left quarantine on Sunday after testing negative. Eleven more people who were evacuated from the Diamond Princess two weeks ago all tested positive for COVID-19. They will have to test negative three times, 24 hours apart, before they can leave quarantine.

Nebraska state government could see a boost to its emergency fund over the next few months, but the COVID-19 virus and a panicked stock market are tempering some of those expectations. Members of the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board predicted Friday that the state will collect $5.2 billion in tax revenue during the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. That's about $115 million more than the previous projections, and by law, that excess money will go into Nebraska state government's cash reserve fund.

Coronavirus could impact the upcoming Berkshire Hathaway convention.  WOWT reports that Berkshire CEO Warren Buffett noted that coronavirus may have an effect on the convention because shareholders come to Omaha from all over the world.  Nearly 40-thousand shareholders gather in Omaha each year for the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, which will take place on May 2nd at the CHI Health Center Arena.

UNL students Called Home from South Korea

Feb 28, 2020

Four University of Nebraska-Lincoln students currently studying abroad in South Korea are being recalled due to the coronavirus. The university says the decision comes after the CDC elevated its travel advisory to Level Three in the country, and that the students are expected to come back this week. UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green says the school is also monitoring the study abroad programs in other affected countries including Italy and Japan.

State officials have issued a warning for people in Nebraska who recently traveled to one of 10 countries that have experienced an outbreak of COVID-19 and are asking them to self-report to state or local public health officials. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday they were tracking the virus that originated in China. They're also seeking people who have traveled within the last 14 days to Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand or Vietnam.

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President Trump is holding a news conference today at 5 p.m. Central about coronavirus alongside CDC officials and others amid criticism of the government's response to the outbreak. Watch or listen to his remarks live.

The first clinical trial in the U.S. of a possible coronavirus treatment is underway in Nebraska and is eventually expected to include 400 patients at 50 locations around the world. Half the patients will receive the antiviral medicine remdesivir while the other half will receive a placebo. Several other studies are already underway internationally. Dr. Andre Kalil, who will oversee the study at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said Tuesday the clinical trial was developed quickly in response to the virus outbreak that is centered in China.

Officials say the 57 Americans who've been held in quarantine at a Nebraska National Guard camp left the location Thursday. They landed at Omaha's Eppley Airfield on Feb. 7, having flown from the Wuhan region of China. They soon were bused to Camp Ashland. On Thursday morning, all of those in quarantine left Camp Ashland and headed to the Omaha airport. During their stay, one woman who developed a cough was tested for the virus and was cleared. They've not been asked to wear masks or take any other health measures as they leave or once they arrive home.

Federal experts confirmed that 11 of 13 people evacuated to an Omaha hospital from a cruise ship in Japan have tested positive for COVID-19. The University of Nebraska Medical Center announced Thursday night that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had verified test results completed Monday by the Nebraska Public Health Lab. Ten of those people are being cared for at the National Quarantine Unit while three are in the nearby Nebraska Biocontaiment Unit. The medical center said only a few of the patients were showing symptoms of the disease.

Officials at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha say they have received 13 people from a cruise ship in Japan where coronavirus has spread as part of a larger group of American citizens brought back to the U.S. Chris Kratochvil, an executive director of the Global Center for Health Security at the medical center, says Monday that 12 of the people are in quarantine. They currently have no symptoms of the coronavirus. One man is in a bio-containment unit to receive a higher level of care.

Coronavirus victim makes stop at Eppley

Feb 14, 2020

Health officials say the latest patient to test positive for the coronavirus was flown from China to Eppley Airfield. The CDC says the patient was transferred from the airfield to a military base in San Antonio, Texas. Officials with Nebraska Medicine tell WOWT the Americans being quarantined at Camp Ashland have shown no sign of infection. Their isolation is scheduled to end next Thursday.

Dozens To Be Quarantined For Coronavirus in Nebraska

Feb 5, 2020

(Ashland, NE)  --  Dozens of people will be quarantined at a Nebraska National Guard site for possible coronavirus.  Officials say that 70 people who recently returned from China will stay at Camp Ashland in Ashland, Nebraska, where they will be tested for possible exposure to the virus.  The federal government is requiring anyone who returns to the U.S. from China's Wuhan province to be quarantined for 14 days. 

Nebraska Considered For Coronavirus Quarantine Site

Feb 4, 2020

A Nebraska National Guard camp could be used as a temporary quarantine site for patients under observation for signs of coronavirus.  The Omaha World Herald reports that a team from the University of Nebraska Medical Center toured Camp Ashland near Ashland, Nebraska, on Sunday.  Officials confirmed yesterday that Camp Ashland is the proposed site for Americans returning from China to be housed if they are brought to Nebraska for observation and treatment.  American citizens who have visited China's Wuhan province within the past two weeks are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine once t