The Athletic Club

The Athletic Club, at 200 S. 31st Ave., closed its doors for a deep cleaning after a person who tested positive for the coronavirus visited the gym Thursday. This letter was posted at the facility on Saturday. 

OMAHA — The Douglas County Health Department reported early Saturday evening its first case of COVID-19 caused by community spread.

The case, involving a woman in her 60s, was initially reported Friday as a travel-related case.

But a Health Department investigation determined that the woman's symptoms appeared before she traveled.

Two additional travel-related cases were also confirmed Saturday in Douglas County. Those involve a man in his 50s who traveled to and from Spain and a man in his 30s who came to the Omaha area from Singapore. Both are in isolation, but neither is hospitalized.

Anyone who may have been at the facility then is asked to self-monitor for 14 days. That involves taking one's temperature twice a day and watching for symptoms.

Symptoms of the disease include a fever, cough, sore throat and difficulty breathing. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is asked to contact their health care provider. The Health Department asked that people call ahead before going to a doctor’s office or an emergency room.

Douglas County epidemiologists will continue investigating to determine who may have had contact with any of those with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The county now has 16 confirmed cases, not including those brought to Nebraska Medicine’s quarantine or biocontainment units.

The Health Department's information line remains open. That number, 402-444-3400, is answered weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone with questions outside those hours is asked to call the United Way’s 211 Resource Hotline.

World-Herald staff writers Jessica Wade and Natalie Saenz contributed to this report.


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