In the last several weeks, the Callaway District Hospital & Medical Clinics and hospitals across the state have seen a significant increase in the number of patients seeking care for COVID related illness. Our local test positivity rate has increased from 5% in August to around 25% in October and November, signaling a dramatic spike in viral spread throughout our area.
The test positivity is calculated by dividing the number of positive COVID test per week by the total number of tests administered during the week. This is particularly concerning when you take into account that COVID hospitalizations have also increased drastically in the last few of weeks. According to Nebraska DHHS, as of today, there are approximately 905 COVID positive patients in the hospital throughout the state.
Based upon current testing trends, it is estimated that there will be over 1,000 COVID patients hospitalized in Nebraska within the next two weeks. Hospital resources throughout Nebraska are already at or near their capacity. We are asking for the public’s help to ease the strain on our healthcare resources by preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our area.
The best way to prevent the spread of illness is to avoid contact with other people. If contact cannot be avoided, a mask (covering both the nose and mouth) is recommended by the CDC. It is also recommended that everyone practice frequent hand hygiene and avoid crowds/gatherings. These recommendations are especially important as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday when we typically gather with family and friends. We ask that you carefully consider the health recommendations when planning your holidays.
We know that we cannot stop the spread of COVID-19, however, we need your help to slow the spread.