Kearney area deemed COVID-19 hotspot

The Kearney area has been identified as a COVID-19 hotspot
The Kearney area has been identified as a COVID-19 hotspot(WOWT)
Published: Oct. 8, 2020 at 4:21 PM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Two Rivers Public Health updated the weekly risk dial earlier today, with the indicator rising further into the “Elevated” orange section of the dial. The official press release sent out with the dial indicated there is a significant increase in cases and hospitalizations. More specifically, the largest increase in cases has come from Buffalo County and the area in and around the City of Kearney.

Aside from the rising cases, one particular issue that is very alarming is the reports from acute care hospitals in the greater Two Rivers region that they may be at or nearing capacity. This has caused concern not only with Two Rivers, but other leadership in the Kearney area as well. Two Rivers has been working closely with these leaders to try to get a better handle on the virus in the area.

Jeremy Eschliman, Two Rivers Health Director, is stressing the importance of limiting social interaction at this time.

“I strongly urge people to avoid crowds or gatherings right now," he said. "We really wouldn’t encourage any gatherings of more than 10 people if a gathering is deemed necessary.”

Another thing that Eschliman emphasizes is the importance of vigilant mask usage.

“If you need to be in an area where there are larger numbers of people, wear a mask," he said. "Masks are essential at this time in stopping the current spread of the virus in our area, particularly Buffalo County and the Kearney area.”

He also points out that residents cannot give in to pandemic fatigue. Eschliman encourages people to continue with proper hand hygiene as well as masking and social distancing.

“This virus can be controlled, but we cannot relax on our efforts," Eschliman said. "We all need to remain focused on the end result, which is life getting back to normal.”

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