Hastings officials give update on COVID-19

Published: Apr. 1, 2020 at 6:53 AM CDT
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Hastings Mayor Corey Stutte and other local officials gave an update Wednesday morning address current COVI-19 numbers and response to the situation.

Michele Bever with South Heartland District Health Department said 3 of the 4 positive COVID-19 cases in Adams county are being considered community spread cases. Because of the cases of community spread the Directed Health Measure was put in place for the county.

"The DHM will likely go on for approximately 6 weeks with May 11th be the approximate end date. But it could be extended if we have continued community spread and the state feels we aren't making progress," Bever said.

She said there are now 71 tests have been conducted by the SHDHD, 57 negative, 4 positive, one out of state positive and that 9 are still pending.

Bever also stated that testing is expanded to more people, including those who have been directly exposed and for those showing symptoms. Also that they are moving away from pre-screenings, like testing for the flu virus and upper respiratory illnesses and moving right to COVID tests if someone is showing symptoms.

She advised people to call their healthcare provider if they are experiences symptoms.

Eric Barber with Mary Lanning Healthcare said they still have two COVID-19 patients in the ICU and that both are currently in critical condition.

He also went on to say that the hospital is prepared in the event that the outbreak were to get worse, and said he and his staff are grateful for the out-pour of support from the community and other hospitals in the state.

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