At least 26 US states have now either confirmed or presumptive confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, after Nebraska announced its first case Friday.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts said in a news release that the first presumptive positive case of the virus had been reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
The patient is a woman in her 30s from Nebraska's Douglas county who recently returned from the UK at the end of February.
She started experiencing symptoms and was hospitalized at Methodist Hospital on March 5. After public health officials received notification that she could possibly have the virus on Thursday, they immediately ordered testing for the virus, which came back positive.
Currently, she is being transferred from the progressive care unit at Methodist Hospital to the Biocontainment Unit at Nebraska Medicine / the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).