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24 cast members from North Platte Community Playhouse test positive for COVID-19

24 cast members from North Platte Community Playhouse test positive for COVID-19

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Cast ready to put on a show in ‘Mamma Mia!’ at the North Platte Community Playhouse

Sophie Sheridan, middle, played by Starla Arensdorf, and her friends Ali and Lisa, played by Alex McConnell, left, and Suzi Knolles, respectively, perform the song “Honey, Honey” during rehearsal for the musical “Mamma Mia!” 

NORTH PLATTE — The West Central District Health Department reported 23 new cases of COVID-19 in Lincoln County through Saturday. Eighteen of those cases were identified on Saturday, four on Friday and one on Thursday.

In addition, 24 members of the cast of "Mamma Mia!" had COVID-19 as of Saturday, and Cody Park Concessions and Rides said in a Facebook post that it was shutting down “until further notice,” because of possible staff exposure to the novel coronavirus.

“The most important message that we have for our community right now is to practice social distancing and wear face coverings. We will post new case information as soon as we are able,” the health department wrote in the Facebook post.

There have been 144 cases of COVID-19 in Lincoln County and 155 in the six-county health district. 70 people have recovered and there have been two deaths, according to the WCDHD website.

According to Stu Shepherd, the president of the North Platte Community Playhouse’s board of directors, 11 tests from the “Mamma Mia!” cast came back negative and three unknown.

Of the 38 total cast members tested, 63.2% are positive. Nine of the 24 positive cases are teenage members of the cast.

All cast and crew were tested last week after learning of the first positive case Monday. Most were tested Wednesday and received their results Saturday.

Shepherd said most of those affected have mild symptoms.

Nebraska COVID-19 cases, by the numbers

Numbers last updated at 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8.

Source: DHHS

Total number of positive cases Active cases Total recovered Total number of people tested Deaths due to COVID-19
28,245 7,154 20,746 299,967 345

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