LBPHD COVID-19 Update: 12 New Cases, 14 Recoveries; Risk Dial Increased Remains Elevated

LBPHD: Twelve new COVID-19 cases have been reported in the nine counties of Loup Basin’s district since Monday.

The cases were reported from:
Custer (9) – community spread, contact with known positive
Howard (1) – community spread
Valley (1) – community spread
Garfield (1)- community spread

All known close contacts have been asked to quarantine.

Fourteen new recoveries have also been reported in Custer (5), Howard (3), Greeley (3), Valley (2), and Garfield (1) counties.

District Totals: Positives 353Recovered 288Deaths 11/ Negative Tests: 5124

Blaine: 1/1/0
Custer: 113/83/4
Garfield: 9/9/0
Greeley: 32/29/0
Howard: 110/95/5
Loup: 4/3/0
Sherman: 32/27/2
Valley: 49/40/0
Wheeler: 3/1/0

LBPHD Risk Dial

The dial has increased this week further into the orange. The weekly percent positivity of tests increased this week and the number of cases being classified as community spread also increased. There is increased concern with hospital capacity regionally and throughout the state.

Hospitals are having difficulty transferring to larger hospitals that offer advanced care. Rapid test capacity is extremely limited, TestNebraska continued to have capacity. Other factors that figure into the risk dial calculation include healthcare capacity, and the ability to conduct contact tracing efficiently.

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Disclaimer: this risk dial is determined utilizing district wide data and may not represent an individual county’s current status.