LBPHD COVID-19 Update: 20 New Cases, 16 Recoveries, 96 Active Cases

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

The cases were reported from:
Valley (9) – community spread (3), contact with known positive (6)
Custer (8) – community spread (7), contact with known positive (1)
Garfield (1)- contact with known positive (1)
Howard (1)- contact with known positive (1)
Sherman (1)- community spread (1)

All known close contacts have been asked to quarantine.

Sixteen new recoveries have also been reported.

District Totals: Positives 483Recovered 374Deaths 13/ Negative Tests: 5646

Blaine: 3/1/0
Custer: 178/126/4
Garfield: 16/11/0
Greeley: 39/33/0
Howard: 131/110/5
Loup: 6/6/0
Sherman: 38/30/3
Valley: 68/54/1
Wheeler: 4/3/0

Cases counts continue to increase at an alarming rate across the district. One hundred and eighty-nine (189) cases, or 41% of the district’s total cases, have been reported in the last three weeks.

According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services dashboard, available bed and ICU capacity has wavered between 30-38% in the past week. At the start of the pandemic response in Nebraska, Governor Ricketts implemented the State’s Directed Health Measures (DHMs) to preserve hospital capacity. Due to the decline in bed availability in the past weeks, the Governor has revised the DHMs to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state and protect hospital capacity.