LBPHD COVID-19 Update: 19 New Cases, 24 Recoveries; Risk Dial Remains Elevated

LBPHD: Nineteen 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 (7), contact with known positive (1), unknown due to inability to contact the positive case (1) 
Howard (7) – community spread (2), contact with known positive (5)
Blaine (1)- contact with known positive (1)
Greeley (1)- contact with known positive (1)
Valley (1)- community spread (1)

All known close contacts have been asked to quarantine.

Twenty-four new recoveries have also been reported from Custer (13), Howard (6), Valley (1), Sherman (1), Greeley (1), Loup (1), and Wheeler (1) counties.

District Totals: Positives 441Recovered 337Deaths 11/ Negative Tests: 5517

Blaine: 2/1/0
Custer: 158/106/4
Garfield: 12/9/0
Greeley: 39/32/0
Howard: 126/106/5
Loup: 6/5/0
Sherman: 36/28/2
Valley: 58/47/0
Wheeler: 4/3/0

LBPHD Risk Dial

The dial has remained stable in the orange this week. The weekly percent positivity of tests increased this week and the number of cases being classified as community spread also increased. Some local hospitals are having difficulty transferring patients who require advanced care. The State’s hospital bed availability as of Tuesday, October 13 was at 31%, down from 33% last week.

Rapid test capacity is extremely limited, TestNebraska continued to have capacity but delayed turnaround time. Other factors that figure into the risk dial calculation include healthcare capacity, and the ability to conduct contact tracing efficiently.

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