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Concern rising over COVID-19 variants in Nebraska

As cases rise in other parts of the state and new variants are showing up in communities, the...
As cases rise in other parts of the state and new variants are showing up in communities, the Central District Health Department is working to get more people vaccinated.(KSNB)
Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 6:56 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - As cases rise in other parts of the state and new variants are showing up in communities, the Central District Health Department is working to get more people vaccinated.

Even though vaccination rates continue to climb, the department urges everyone to not let their guards down.

Director Teresa Anderson said she wants the pandemic to end and even after promising signs following the early rounds of vaccinations, she thought we would be out of the woods quicker than expected, but the tide is changing and it has Anderson worried.

“I had high hopes of getting control over it and that we would be able to progress into a normal summer, but what we’re seeing now is that the variants are starting to emerge, and they’re starting to impact us here in Nebraska.”

Anderson said cases are rising in urban areas, they’re also starting to see more confirmed cases of the United Kingdom, South American, and Brazilian strains of the virus.

“So it’s a different version, and we don’t know if it’s stronger,” she told Local4 News. “We’re not certain people will get more sick with it. We don’t know that yet, but our fear is that they will. Our other concern is that it’s affecting the younger population - that population that has not been vaccinated yet.”

With these strains now bringing the younger population to the hospital, the health department is working to get them registered and vaccinated as soon as possible. In fact, the department is now allowing people to walk in without an appointment.

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