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CDHD: Three COVID-19 deaths over past 7 days

(Associated Press)
Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 4:23 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Central District Health Department is reporting three deaths this week from COVID-19.

Of the three, one person was in their 40s, one in their 50s and one in their 70s. None were “fully vaccinated” against COVID.

According to the CDC, fully vaccinated persons are those who are ≥14 days post completion of the primary series of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine

This news comes at a time when hospitals in the Central District, made up of Hall, Hamilton and Merrick Counties, are seeing 0-8% ICU bed availability (0-1 beds open) with a total of 21-27 COVID cases requiring hospitalization each day.

In addition to three deaths, the Central District saw 205 confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past 7 days with test positivity rate of 35 percent, which keeps our “transmission risk dial” in the “high transmission” category. A majority of new cases in the past 7 days are among those age 49 and younger.

With transmission high and vaccination rates in the district rising slowly, CDHD recommends those 12 and up receive a COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves.

First and second doses, along with flu shots and COVID booster shots, are now available at drive-thru clinics at our office, 1137 South Locust Street in Grand Island, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and indoors from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays – Fridays with Thursday clinics running until 7 p.m.

There’s also the drive thru COVID-19 testing through Nomi Health from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays at the Central District Health Department’s office.

Nomi Health offers both rapid tests, which are accurate if you have symptoms and yield results in one hour, and PCR tests which are accurate whether or not you have symptoms and yield results in 24-36 hours. 

You can find the most recent information HERE or by calling (308) 385-5175.

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