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SHDHD reporting record amount of COVID-19 cases Monday

The SHDHD reported more COVID-19 positive tests Monday than they have throughout the pandemic.
The SHDHD reported more COVID-19 positive tests Monday than they have throughout the pandemic.(MGN Online)
Published: Oct. 5, 2020 at 9:51 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Monday, South Heartland District Health Department (SHDHD) officials reported 54 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past four days, bringing the cumulative total number of cases in the four-county health district to 782. This includes a daily record high Monday of 29 new cases. The new confirmed cases for the four-day period include: 30 in Adams, 14 in Clay, and 10 in Nuckolls. By county, the new cumulative totals are: 631 cases in Adams, 104 cases in Clay, 26 cases in Nuckolls, and 21 cases in Webster.

In addition to the case counts for the past four days, health officials reported the total new cases for the week ending October 3.

“There were 81 South Heartland residents who tested positive last week,” said SHDHD Executive Director Michele Bever. “This is the eighth-straight week that the case numbers have increased compared to the week before. Our percent positive tests decreased to 7.4% for the week ending Saturday, October 3, down from 14.5% the previous week."

The positivity by county was 8.0% in Adams, 7.2% in Clay, 2.5% in Nuckolls and 3.5% in Webster.

SHDHD is reporting the percent positive tests as the number of positive tests reported each week divided by the total number of test results reported that week. Bever said the department received 870 test results last week, 193% more than the average number of results reported to SHDHD in the previous three weeks. Bever said SHDHD is in the process of converting the weekly positivity calculation to account for specimen collection date rather than test result date and will begin reporting it that way in the future.

Bever also reported two South Heartland residents were admitted to area hospitals in the past eight days due to COVID-19 symptoms.

“COVID-19 can be a severe disease and I urge residents to take it seriously," Bever said. “Please take steps to protect others and yourselves, everywhere you go, in everything you do. The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is circulating in our district at increasingly higher levels. The virus takes advantage of our social interactions – this is how it spreads. It will have the upper hand if we let it and, unfortunately, we are trending in that direction. The simple things we can do to prevent the spread, and to protect each other and our community, are to wear a face covering when out in public, to maintain at least six feet from others in public, to stay home when we have any symptoms, to quarantine at home if we have close contact with someone with COVID-19, to avoid crowds and close contact indoors, to wash our hands frequently, and to disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.”

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.

“We are asking all residents to consider those around them and to take the ‘I’ll protect you, you protect me’ approach to COVID-19 prevention,” Bever said.

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