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South Heartland District reports new COVID related deaths

Five additional COVID-related deaths, 90 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases reported by SHDHD
South Heartland District Health Department officials reported five additional COVID-19-related...
South Heartland District Health Department officials reported five additional COVID-19-related deaths of previously reported cases(KWQC)
Published: Dec. 15, 2020 at 9:43 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - On Tuesday, South Heartland District Health Department officials reported five additional COVID-19-related deaths of previously reported cases, bringing the health district total to 42.

SHDHD Executive Director Michele Bever stated that two deaths were Clay County females over 90, both with underlying health conditions, and three deaths were Adams County residents with underlying health conditions, including a female in her 90s, a male in his 70s, and a female in her 70s.

Bever also reported 90 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 3,411.

“There were fewer positive tests - a little more than half as many - reported to us over the past four days compared to the four-day period the previous weekend,” Bever said. “This decrease is good news, especially since we are two weeks past Thanksgiving weekend, when the number of exposures could have been high. This might reflect residents being diligent during the holiday, keeping their gatherings small and practicing prevention,” she said.

The new confirmed cases for the four-day period include: 47 in Adams, 19 in Clay, 19 in Nuckolls and 5 in Webster. By county, the new cumulative totals are: 2,225 cases in Adams, 539 cases in Clay, 361 cases in Nuckolls, and 286 cases in Webster.

The positivity (percent positive tests) for the week ending December 12 was 14.8%, down from 16.8% the previous week. By county, the positivity was 14.8% in Adams, 15.8% in Clay, 20.4% in Nuckolls and 11.7% in Webster.

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