Fremont Schools Closed, Some Asked to Self-Quarantine After Potential COVID-19 Exposure

March 7, 2020, 4:45 p.m. ·

Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots. (CDC/ Hannah A Bullock; Azaibi Tamin)

Fremont Public Schools are closed next week and health officials are asking some Nebraskans to self-quarantine after potential exposure to the coronavirus disease COVID-19.

Officials confirmed the first case of a Nebraska resident on Friday, a 36-year-old woman from Omaha who had recently traveled to the U.K. with her father. She is in critical condition at the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit at the Nebraska Medical Center.

Fremont Closures

Fremont Public Schools

The following activities will be cancelled or postponed until after March 14: Fremont High School Musical, all athletic and extracurricular activities and practices, all facilities closed for outside use

Midland University

Fremont campus will be closed through March 15. All extracurricular activities through March 15, both home and away, will be cancelled or postponed. Residence Halls and the dining hall will remain open.

Archbishop Bergan Catholic Schools

Closed through March 14. The following activities will be cancelled/postponed: Athletic/activities practices and games/meets, any meetings/presentations scheduled at any of the schools.

Trinity Lutheran Schools

Closed through March 14. The following activities will be cancelled or postponed: Athletic practices and games/meets cancelled, K-3 musical postponed.

The woman first developed mild symptoms while abroad, but was in Nebraska for at least six days before going to the hospital on Thursday.

She attended a Special Olympics event on February 29 at the Fremont Family YMCA, which included about 500 participants, including some from Lincoln.

Basketball players, coaches, and team staff have been asked to self-quarantine until Saturday, March 14 and self-report the potential exposure to the State Department of Health and Human Services using an online form.

Participants who live in Lancaster County are asked to call the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department at 402-441-8006 for information on what to do next.

Anyone who attended the event and develops symptoms of COVID-19 is asked to self-quarantine and call a health care provider for follow-up. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

Fremont Public Schools are closed through March 14, followed by the scheduled spring break from March 15-22. Several other Fremont schools and activities are also closed.

The Fremont Family YMCA is closed over the weekend for "deep cleaning" and will re-open Monday morning.

Nebraska Case Information

Number of confirmed cases – 1

Case undergoing further testing at the Nebraska Public Health Lab - 5

Cases that tested negative – 17

As of March 7. Source: Nebraska DHHS

An online statement says the closures are done "out of an abundance of caution" as "a preventative measure to mitigate, suppress and delay the spread of COVID-19."

In addition to the event in Fremont, the Douglas County Health Department says "a person who has tested positive for COVID-19" was at the VFW Post 2503 on Military Rd. in northwest Omaha on March 4 from 6-7 p.m.

Although risk of exposure is considered "low," anyone who may have been there during that time is asked to self-report the potential exposure using an online form.

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