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Omicron variant presence growing in South Heartland District

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Published: Jan. 7, 2022 at 5:25 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The South Heartland Health District, including Adams, Clay, Nuckolls and Webster Counties is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases this week, with 265 cases reported as of Friday afternoon, compared to 142 cases for all of last week.

Four additional Omicron variant cases were also detected. Of 12 total variant sequence results reported to the health department this week, five were Omicron and seven were Delta.

Due to widespread community transmission of the virus and increasing volume of daily cases, South Heartland is modifying their outreach process to positive cases. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and individuals who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 may not receive a call from the health department. Some may receive an informational text from SHDHD or from Nebraska DHHS. All are encouraged to visit southheartlandhealth.org for guidance regarding isolation and quarantine, testing resources and vaccine information.

In light of high community transmission and detection of more Omicron variant, South Heartland is underscoring the importance of vaccination and boosters to protect against infection, severe illness, hospitalization and death.

Residents may contact their personal doctor or the health department if they have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, additional doses for immunocompromised individuals, booster doses, or COVID-19 testing. COVID-19 vaccines are widely available across the four-county health district and recommended for anyone five years and older.

For locations of COVID-19 tests or COVID-19 vaccine, refer to the SHDHD website, southheartlandhealth.org. Please note the time of the Wednesday vaccine clinics at Allen’s in Hastings is now 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, weekly. Contact South Heartland District Health Department at 402-462-6211 or 877-238-7595.

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