Provider at Children's Hospital diagnosed with COVID-19

Provider at Children's Hospital diagnosed with COVID-19

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. 

Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha said Wednesday that one of its providers has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

The person worked in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit and had contact with at least 10 patients. Those families, as well as staff members who had contact with the person, have been notified.

The hospital said the provider developed symptoms over the weekend and was immediately tested. The person is isolating at home. It did not say if the person was a doctor, nurse or some other health provider.

The hospital said it continues to adhere to strict quality, safety and infection prevention protocols to ensure the safety and also has taken many proactive, preventative measures to specifically reduce the spread of COVID-19, including increased visitor restrictions at all facilities; detailed screening processes before entering facilities; canceling and rescheduling non-urgent procedures; making modifications to outpatient specialty clinic visits; suspending non-urgent well-check visits at primary care offices; and consolidating urgent care services.

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“At this point, everyone should just take a deep breath and wait till we announce procedurally how we will address these things,” said Matt Larson, associate superintendent of instruction.

As bad as the losses from major event cancellations are, economists say the economic damage they cause is likely to pale compared to the effects of the widespread closings of restaurants, retail stores and other businesses.

The mall announced in a news release that it would suspend its hours, starting at 7 p.m. Monday, with plans to reopen April 6.

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Marcus Hotels & Resorts on Tuesday announced it will close a number of hotels it owns temporarily, including the Marriott Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln.