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CDHD concerned to move to Phase 4

Published: Sep. 11, 2020 at 8:53 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Central District Health Department is worried about Central Nebraska moving into Phase 4.

“Our concern is people will see Phase 4 as we’re free, we can go, we can do what we want, everything’s going to be back to normal,” The Central District Health Department Director Teresa Anderson said. “This is not the time to think about that. We think we’re going to have a pretty rough fall with number of cases. We hope we’re wrong. We really do want to be wrong.”

All of Nebraska except Lancaster County will move into phase four starting Sept. 14. Outdoor venues will be at 100% capacity, indoor venues will be at 75% capacity, and events of 500 people or more will need to be approved by the health department.

They are keeping a close eye on schools since the average age for COVID-19 cases is 15 to 35.

“If those in that age group develop COVID-19, they’re not going to be as sick. They’re going to be more mobile, and they are going to be around older people," Anderson said. “They’re going to be around people with underlying issues.”

According to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the health department is expecting a rise in cases in the next couple of weeks.

“For no other reason than the weather turning colder, we’re going to see more cases," Anderson said. "We’re doing our very best to keep people quarantined and isolated once they’ve been in contact with a positive individual, and that’s going to be absolutely essential to getting through the fall successfully.”

The health department stresses the need for people to remain cautious by wearing masks, hand washing and staying home when sick.

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