Kearney County Health Services would like to update our patients on the most recent information regarding COVID-19. As of providing this update, there are confirmed cases in the immediate area (Adams, Buffalo, and Dawson Counties). This brings a total of 48 cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska as of March 22, 2020. Kearney County Health Services is prepared and ready should this virus enter our service area, and affect any of our patients. Despite our readiness, we would like to provide information on some frequently asked questions:

1. What are the symptoms of COVID-19? 

a. These symptoms include any combination of the following: fever/chills, sore throat, coughing, difficulty breathing, and/or shortness of breath. Symptoms of this virus can appear 2-14 days after an individual is exposed. 

b. Originally, a sore throat was considered to be a symptom of only 5% of confirmed cases.  In the last week, a sore throat has become an included characteristic for COVID-19 which is a change. Symptoms such as a Runny Nose, Diarrhea, or Vomiting are still considered to be a smaller percentage of those with confirmed cases.
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