A story encapsulating all the need-to-know information to keep you informed on this worldwide issue. (Sophia Walsh)
A story encapsulating all the need-to-know information to keep you informed on this worldwide issue.

Sophia Walsh

What is Covid-19?

March 19, 2020

Lincoln County joined the world Wednesday when the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed.  This information comes amid massive social distancing shut-downs around the world and in North Platte, Neb. 

Emmalynn Berry
North Platte grocery stores are running out of essentials. Gary’s Super Foods was completely out of toilet paper on March 19. To discourage hoarding, the store has been limiting sales to two packages per person.

Covid-19 is a novel (new), highly-contagious corona virus first detected in Wuhan, China that targets people’s respiratory systems.  Mild to severe symptoms of fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath appear 2-14 days after exposure.  The spread of the virus can spread person to person contact through respiratory droplets when people cough, sneeze, speak and/or breathe out. Older people and those with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease are at a higher risk  of developing severe symptoms which would need hospital treatments.

The virus is spreading exponentially across the globe. The World Health Organization declared a global pandemic on March 11. As of this writing, the U.S. has confirmed cases of  COVID-19 has been confirmed in all 50 United States,  with 27 of those cases in Nebraska. 

 In order to flatter the curve, and lower the impact on health care facilities, president Donald Trump has issued “15 Days to Lower the Spread”  which recommends people stop traveling, self-isolate to groups of 10 or less, and maintain a distance of 6-feet apart. 

 


Timeline

2019
December 31

Corona Virus discovered

A pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan, China.  Reported to the World Health Organization country office.
2020
January 21

First Confirmed U.S. Case

The 1st confirmed U.S. case was in Washington state. January 21, 2020.
March 6

First case in Nebraska is confirmed

An Omaha woman tests positive for Covid-19 the Friday of the NSAA Girls State Basketball Tournament in Lincoln, where the Lady Bulldogs had competed the previous day.
March 11

President Trump issues national emergency

A national emergency is declared to combat coronavirus. 
March 12

NPPSD postpones events

NPPSD moved events like the high school’s production of West Side Story, Elementary parent-teacher conferences, and the activities open-house for freshman. Sports practices are also suspended.
March 15

NPPSD closes schools

All schools are closed until March 23.
March 16

NSAA suspends activities

All NSAA activities practices are suspended until March 30, and competitions suspended until April 2.
March 19

NPPSD calls off school indefinitely

NPPSD cancels the remainder of the school year but says that remote learning will begin on March 30.

1 Comment

One Response to “What is Covid-19?”

  1. Mrs. Odle on March 19th, 2020 7:30 PM

    Keep up the good work. Great article. Enjoyable read.

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