LINCOLN, Neb. - *UPDATE April 5:
The Department of Health and Human Services reported on Sunday the first cases of COVID-19 for five counties.
Logan, Phelps and Custer counties, along with Seward and Johnson counties reported their first cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said.
All Nebraska counties are under Directed Health Measures issued by Governor Pete Ricketts until May 11.
As of Sunday, the state's case total is 367.
So far, there have been eight deaths.
A patient within Loup Basin Public Health Departments (LBPHD) jurisdiction has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The person is a male in his 80s who is a resident of Custer County. He is hospitalized and stable. LBPHD is working in conjunction with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to ensure proper patient care and infection control practices are being followed.
Patient information is considered protected health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and will not be provided to protect the patient's privacy.
Due to an increase in known community spread throughout the state, all 93 counties in Nebraska were placed under Directed Health Measures (DHM) on April 3 at 10 p.m. This remains in effect through May 11 unless renewed. LBPHD encourages everyone to limit non-essential travel outside of their community. Travel outside of your community should only occur for work and medical necessity.
Under the DHM, individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms consistent with the virus or live with someone who has tested positive should home quarantine for at least 14 days.
The DHM also imposes an enforceable 10-person limit on public gatherings. Restaurants and bars are required to close their dining area and move to take, delivery and/or curbside service only.