CDHD reports large increase in COVID-19 cases

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) Central District Health Department (CDHD) reports a total of 56 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Central District as of 5 p.m., a significant increase from the prior day’s total. This does not include the number of cases being diagnosed by health care providers without COVID testing based on symptoms alone. The total also does not reflect cases of COVID-19 in individuals whose symptoms may be mild enough that they do not seek healthcare.

The Department says they received word from Governor Ricketts today that additional testing will be available in the district by the end of this week. They say the area will also see reinforcements to the team in the form of additional epidemiology staff to assist with case contacts. When they have lab tests to help identify who actually has COVID-19, they can investigate who those people had contact with and then ask everyone who was in direct contact (defined as closer than 6 feet for 10 minutes) to quarantine for 14 days. They are reaching out to persons who test positive and to their close contacts but are challenged to keep up with the ever-increasing numbers.

They are now working with our healthcare providers to reduce the number of people who are ill at the same time in order to avoid overtaxing our healthcare system. Our best defense is to prevent the spread. That requires all of us taking this seriously.” Because we are all at risk now, we all need to do our part which means staying home when we can, cleaning frequently touched surfaces and leaving six feet between you and other people.