New COVID-19-related death, more cases in central Nebraska

Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 7:19 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, KEARNEY, GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The South Heartland District Health Department (SHDHD) reported a COVID-19-related death within the district.

“We extend our condolences to the family,” South Heartland District Heartland executive director Michele Bever said. “This was an Adams County man in his 70s, who was hospitalized, with no known underlying health conditions and no known exposure to a positive case.”

This death is part of a previously reported case. Bever explained that SHDHD does not report deaths until the department receives notification regarding cause of death on the death certificate.

“We have community spread in our district,” Bever said. “This is why prevention continues to be important wherever we are: work, school, shopping, church, or gatherings of any kind.”

The health department reported 28 new COVID-19 cases from Friday through Monday. All of those are out of Adams County.

As of Monday, there are 574 cases of the novel coronavirus in the district with 479 recoveries.

Residents can continue to make a difference in the overall risk for spread of COVID-19 in their communities by reducing opportunities for the virus to spread from person to person in any situation. “This means keeping physically distanced from others, wearing cloth face coverings when we are around others, staying home when we have any symptoms, washing our hands, and disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces,” she said.

South Heartland District case counts and trends can be found on SHDHD’s dashboard of local COVID-19 case statistics.

South Heartland wasn’t the only district seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases.

From Friday through Sunday, the Two Rivers Public Health Department reported 75 new cases of the virus. Most of the cases are out of Buffalo County.

COVID-19 cases from September 11 - September 13

  • Buffalo County: 52
  • Dawson County: 8
  • Phelps County: 7
  • Gosper County: 4
  • Kearney County: 3
  • Harlan County: 1

Two Rivers said COVID-19 is still circulating in the district. Health officials recommend continued actions to prevent the spread of any illness such as:

  1. Know how it spreads
  2. Wash your hands often
  3. Avoid close contact
  4. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
  5. Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve
  6. Clean and disinfect
  7. Monitor your overall health and specifically monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19
    1. Stay home if you have symptoms or are awaiting test results

The Central District Health Department’s COVID-19 dashboard shows new cases with Hall, Hamilton and Merrick Counties.

As of Monday, there are 85 new cases of the virus in the last 14 days. 68 of those are out of Hall, 13 out of Merrick and four out of Hamilton County.

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