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Central District a hot spot for Covid-19

Published: Jul. 30, 2021 at 7:37 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Delta Covid-19 variant is raging through communities and is even infecting people who are fully vaccinated. Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) changed its guidelines in light of these revelations and is now recommending everyone to wear masks in areas with substantial transmission.

This is calculated by 50 cases per 100,000. A number that’s determined by an area’s case count relative to the population. If places are at or above this threshold, then they are in fact a hot spot for the virus.

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) happens to be a little over that threshold at about 54 per 100,000 cases. Health director Teresa Anderson confirmed nearly all positive tests they’re sending in the lab are of the delta variant.

“According to the CDC guidelines right now, we’re at a high level of transmission because our cases per 100,000 being at 54 and also because our positivity rate is running high, we’re about 22% for positivity,” said CDHD Director Teresa Anderson.

In the last month, on average the department is seeing about 15% of break-though cases out of every 100 positive tests.

“What we’re now finding out is that even if you’ve been vaccinated, whether you have symptoms or not, you can spread it to other people.” Anderson said. “That’s why masks have become in the spotlight again.”

Anderson agrees with the CDC and believes people should be wearing masks indoors. This also applies to schools as well. Anderson believes right now with the way things are going, students should be wearing masks unless they can get cases down by the time schools starts.

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