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SHDHD reports 27 new COVID cases in past three days

The South Heartland District will loosen DHM restrictions for Adams, Clay, Nuckolls and Webster Counties starting on May 18.
The South Heartland District will loosen DHM restrictions for Adams, Clay, Nuckolls and Webster Counties starting on May 18.(KSNB)
Published: Sep. 24, 2020 at 9:21 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Thursday, South Heartland District Health Department (SHDHD) officials reported 27 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past three days (Tuesday – Thursday). The new confirmed cases for the three-day period include: Adams County – 23, Clay County – 1, Nuckolls County – 2, Webster County – 1.

SHDHD Executive Director Michele Bever said three of the 27 newly reported patients required hospital inpatient care. Bever also said a hospitalized COVID-positive individual, reported to SHDHD as a Clay county resident, was determined by investigation to live in another county and was removed from Clay County and SHDHD totals.

“The cumulative number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 is 37 and the total confirmed cases in the four-county health district is 650,” Bever reported.

By county, the cumulative case counts are: 540 cases in Adams, 76 cases in Clay, 15 cases in Nuckolls, and 19 cases in Webster. The health department also reported that 534 South Heartland residents (82%) have recovered from COVID-19 since the beginning of the local outbreak.

“We count as recoveries the individuals who tested positive and have completed their isolation period," Bever said. “This means that at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and at least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and symptoms have improved.”

Bever encouraged residents to take action to protect others.

“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. “We can make a difference in the overall risk for spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Our actions affect others. Please help us turn this trend around by reducing opportunities for the virus to spread from person to person. Let’s keep up the ‘I’ll protect you, you protect me’ approach to keeping our schools, worksites, and events safe.”

South Heartland District case counts and trends can be found on SHDHD’s dashboard of local COVID-19 case statistics. This dashboard, along with updates, guidance, news releases and other COVID-19 information and links can be found on the SHDHD website: www.southheartlandhealth.org. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides daily updates to Nebraska’s coronavirus COVID-19 cases on their Data Dashboard at http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.

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