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South Heartland Health reports new COVID-19 cases

South Heartland District Health Department reports the region is reporting just under 8 cases...
South Heartland District Health Department reports the region is reporting just under 8 cases per day.(KSNB)
Published: May. 4, 2021 at 7:29 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) -The South Heartland District Health Department (SHDHD) director Michele Bever reported 24 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past seven days (April 27-May 3), bringing the cumulative number of cases in the four-county health district to 4,844. The new confirmed cases for the seven-day period were 18 in Adams County and 6 in Clay County. By county, the new cumulative totals are: 3,118 cases in Adams, 766 cases in Clay, 548 cases in Nuckolls, and 412 cases in Webster.

Bever also reported the 14-day average of daily new cases is at 7.6 per 100,000 and has remained just under the District’s goal of 8 per 100,000 for the fifth day in a row. By county, the 14-day average of daily cases per 100,000 is 8.4 in Adams, 11.5 in Clay County, 0.0 in Nuckolls County and 2.0 in Webster County.

“Overall, this is good news for our 4-county region,” Bever said. “But we’d like to see all four counties get below the target 14-day average of 8 cases per 100,000 and sustain it there.”

Bever noted that after being below 8 new cases per 100,000 for 24 days in a row, Clay County crept up above the goal and has remained there for the past nine days. Adams County has remained above the target for all but 3 of the past 33 days. “Nuckolls’ and Webster’s low average numbers of new cases per 100,000 are helping to bring the overall rate down for the district,” she said.

Bever encouraged residents to help keep the trends improving by getting vaccinated. “The COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19, which can have serious, life-threatening consequences. Plus, getting a COVID-19 vaccine will help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19,” she said.

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