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Additional COVID-19 death reported in South Heartland District

The South Heartland District Health Department has reported another COVID-19 death.
The South Heartland District Health Department has reported another COVID-19 death.(KOLNKGIN)
Published: Dec. 7, 2020 at 9:52 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - South Heartland District Health Department (SHDHD) officials reported another COVID-19-related death of a previously reported case, bringing the health district total to 34. SHDHD does not report deaths until the department receives notification regarding cause of death on the death certificate.

SHDHD Executive Director Michele Bever says the death was an Adams County woman in her 80s with underlying medical conditions.

“We are sad to report the loss of another South Heartland resident to COVID-19, and we extend our sympathies to the family,” she said.

Bever also reported 165 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past four days (Friday – Monday), bringing the cumulative number of cases in the four-county health district to 3,194. The new confirmed cases for the four-day period include: 96 in Adams, 34 in Clay, 22 in Nuckolls and 13 in Webster. By county, the new cumulative totals are: 2,104 cases in Adams, 493 cases in Clay, 329 cases in Nuckolls, and 268 cases in Webster.

The health department received 380 positive lab reports during the week ending December 5, an average of 54 positives per day. The positivity (percent positive tests) was 16.8%, up from 15.6% the previous week. By county, the positivity was 18.3% in Adams, 12.9% in Clay, 19.4% in Nuckolls and 13.9% in Webster.

“These metrics indicate severe community spread in our district,” Bever said. “In order to turn these trends around, we all need to protect ourselves and each other. We can do this by practicing prevention in everything we do and everywhere we go. We need to stay six feet apart from people we don’t live with, wear masks, wash our hands, disinfect shared surfaces and objects, and stay home when we have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID. Remember to avoid the three Cs: avoid crowded places, avoid close contact, and avoid confined spaces.”

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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