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Before Josh Sabin brought in supplies from Cash-Wa Distributing of North Platte Monday, staff nurse Bette Palmer checked his temperature. Dee Richey stands by the kitchen doorway.

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Jan Schultz | Johnson Publications

On Tuesday, the main commons area at Chase County Schools was empty and quiet after administration closed the school through the end of next week due to COVID-19. 

School closed for two weeks; no visitors at senior care facilities

Lincoln County has confirmed COVID-19 case; none in SW area

There is now a confirmed coronavirus case in North Platte.

That comes on the heels of two major institutions in Imperial—Chase County Schools and Imperial’s senior care facilities—closing their doors in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Officials with the West Central District Health Department (WCDHD) in North Platte announced the confirmed Lincoln County case at a Tuesday press conference.

The Lincoln County man in his 50s was recently on a cruise and traveled to California. He is self-isolating at home, department officials said. The WCDHD is tracing the man’s steps so that they can contact people he came in contact with. All people who had close contact will self-quarantine.

Myra Stoney, director of the SW Nebraska Public health Department in McCook which covers Chase County, said no confirmed cases have been reported in their nine-county area in southwest Nebraska.

“We’ve had some people tested in the area in hospitals and clinics,” she said.

But, no confirmed cases in their service area have been reported, she said.

Besides Chase, the SWNPHD also serves Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Hayes, Hitchcock, Keith, Perkins and Red Willow counties. 

Stoney also reminded area residents of the CDC warning about recent visits to four Colorado mountain counties—Eagle, Pitkin, Summit and Gunnison

People who have traveled to those counties recently are expected to self-quarantine for 14 days, Stoney said.

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