Two Rivers Health Dept. risk dial dropped slightly

Hospitalizations from COVID-19 have remained low for the past 2 weeks.
Hospitalizations from COVID-19 have remained low for the past 2 weeks.
Published: Apr. 30, 2021 at 7:24 AM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The Two Rivers Public Health Department updated the weekly risk dial on Thursday, April 29, 2021. The risk dial did decrease from the previous week, but risk is still assessed to be “moderate.”

This COVID-19 Risk Dial provides a summary of current conditions in our community. Each color incorporates federal and national guidance published by top public health experts and is coupled with specific guidance. This is guidance and does not replace federal, state, or local directed health measures. At-risk and vulnerable populations should take stringent precautions.

The reasoning for the current risk rating is as follows:

  • COVID-related admissions have remained below 3% for the past 2 weeks. ICU bed availability has fluctuated between 1/3rd to half the district’s total capacity.
  • A little over 7 cases per day were recorded in Two Rivers Health District in the past week, a test positivity rate of 5%, excluding long term care facilities. Positive cases detected are more likely to be clustered within small communities with history of close contact.
  • Testing utilization and availability continues to drop across the district. TestNebraska conducted only 74 COVID tests in the previous week.
  • As of April 26, 39.7% of TRPHD’s eligible population has been fully vaccinated. In general, older residents are more likely to be vaccinated compared to younger residents. However, universal vaccine availability to all aged 16 years and over has not shown a concomitant increase in utilization.
  • For these reasons, the risk dial is lowered from the previous week, although risk is still assessed to be “moderate”. The increase reflects expanded vaccination coverage, decreasing positivity rates and the lowered mortality rates, especially in the last 8 weeks.

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