COVID-19 growth doubling each week in the Central District

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 3:23 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2021 at 3:30 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Driven by the Delta variant, cases of COVID-19 have doubled for the past four weeks in the Central District.

In the past 7 days there have been a reported 52 cases. This is an alarming increase that does not take into account suspected cases that have not been confirmed, Teresa Anderson, Health Director of the CDHD, said.

”As we move toward school starting and large-scale events like the Nebraska State Fair, this increase is of concern,” Anderson said. “The fact that the numbers are doubling in such a short span of time points toward a lot of spread in our district.”

The Delta variant, which is the majority of new infections of COVID-19 in the country, is 40% more transmissible than the virus that swept through the area beginning in March of 2020. The variant has also been shown to sicken groups, such as those age 18 – 50, at rates higher than that of other strains.

The health department said the best way to protect yourself and others against the variant is to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

In addition to health clinics and local pharmacies, the COVID-19 vaccine is provided at no cost to patients at the Central District Health Department from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Mondays – Fridays with Thursday clinics running until 8 p.m.

You must be 12-years-old or older to receive the vaccine and those 12-18-years-old must be accompanied by an adult.

”Right now, with less than 40% of our district vaccinated, the threat of numbers continuing to climb is very real,” Anderson said. “Over 140 million Americans are fully vaccinated. If you have been holding off or are hesitant, now is the time to protect yourself.”

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