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TRPHD: 400+ COVID cases reported in week, dial remains in red

The Two Rivers Public Health District’s risk dial dropped slightly despite there being a high...
The Two Rivers Public Health District’s risk dial dropped slightly despite there being a high rate of positive cases this week.(KSNB)
Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 5:20 PM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The Two Rivers Public Health Department COVID-19 Risk Dial remains in the red level.

They said 420 cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the district between October 27 through November 2.

Of the 420, 31 were at long-term care and other residential facilities.

One out of every 8 tests (including routine testing) conducted in TRPHD in the past week was positive.

In the past week, Phelps County recorded 72 cases, over 10% of all tests returned positive. Meanwhile, Dawson County recorded 122 cases. Over half of all new cases in Phelps were aged less than 40 years while a similar proportion in Dawson were aged 40-70 years of age.

Only 1 out of 29 ICU beds across TRPHD are currently available. COVID patients account for over 20% of all medical and surgical beds across TRPHD. About a third of medical/ surgical beds are currently available.

A testing site at the Buffalo County fairgrounds (drive-through testing with prior online registration, Mon & Wed, 9:30-12:30) is now operational. People availing this service are required to register prior to testing at www.trphd.org.

As of Nov 2, 2021, 47% of TRPHD’s total population and 58% of the adult population (18+ years) has received the minimum recommended dose of vaccine (2 doses for Pfizer & Moderna; 1 dose for Janssen). Over 6000 persons across TRPHD have received a booster or extra dose of vaccine. See vaccination report at https://www.trphd.org/covid-19/vaccination-reports.html for details. TRPHD strongly urges all unvaccinated vaccine-eligible residents to avail of COVID vaccination. For schedule of vaccination clinics, see www.trphd.org

Two Rivers said they will begin administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 to 11 hopefully starting next week.

The health department will share the vaccines with all interested providers in the region. If they are not registered as COVID-19 vaccine providers, TRPHD will help them with registration.

They also plan to incorporate this vaccine into their clinics that have been scheduled.

The risk dial remains unchanged from the previous week within the ‘pandemic’ zone. The risk assessment reflects dramatically higher case rates, ICU bed availability, COVID hospitalization rates and the rapid spread of new cases in specific clusters across the district.

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