SHDHD reports 6 new COVID-19 cases, TestNebraska events in Hastings and Clay Center

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Friday, South Heartland District Health Department (SHDHD) officials reported 6 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases bringing the total number of cases in the 4-county health district to 295.
By county, the totals are 266 in Adams, 23 in Clay, 5 in Webster, and 1 in Nuckolls.

New cases in Adams County:

3 females (1 under 20, 1 in her 20s, 1 in her 30s)
3 males (1 child, 1 under 20, 1 in his 30s)

SHDHD executive director Michele Bever said the health department continues to conduct contact investigations for individuals who test positive and live in Adams, Clay, Nuckolls or Webster counties. “Through contact investigations, we are finding that it is through social gatherings with people outside of a household, close contact in business and work settings, and close contact in other settings that leads to new cases that are being reported to the health department each day,” Bever said.

Bever said the virus can spread easily through close person to person contact whether or not people have symptoms. “People can have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, so we urge South Heartland residents to continue to practice social distancing and prevention to reduce spread and protect those who are at risk.”

“We are encouraging people who are at higher risk to consider getting tested,” Bever said. “We hope that South Heartland residents will take advantage of next week’s TestNebraska events, which are free to those who qualify."

“Anyone who has symptoms, anyone who had close contact with a known case, anyone who is a healthcare worker or first responder, anyone over 65 years of age, and anyone with underlying medical conditions may qualify for testing through TestNebraska,” Bever said.

People can determine if they qualify by registering at testnebraska.com. "At testnebraska.com, individuals will complete a short risk assessment survey and, if they qualify, they are able to schedule a test at one of the test sites,” Bever said.

TestNebraska will be coming to Hastings and Clay Center on May 26-27.

Hastings Location: Adams County Fairgrounds
Tuesday, May 26, 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, May 27, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Clay Center Location: Clay County Fairgrounds
Wednesday, May 27, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
For assistance with registration, contact TestNebraska at 402-207-9377.

South Heartland District case counts by county are updated daily on SHDHD’s COVID webpage: https://southheartlandhealth.org/public-health-data/corona-virus.html. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides daily updates to Nebraska's coronavirus COVID-19 cases on their Data Dashboard at http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.