LBPHD COVID-19 Update: 30 New Cases, 38 Recoveries; Risk Dial Increased, Remains Elevated

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

The cases were reported from:
Custer (14) – community spread (5), contact with known positive (7), unknown due to inability to complete interview (2)
Howard (8) – community spread (5), contact with known positive (3)
Sherman (3)- community spread (1), contact with known positive (2)
Garfield (2)- community spread (1), contact with known positive (1)
Valley (2)- community spread (2)
Greeley (1)- community spread (1)

All known close contacts have been asked to quarantine.

Thirty-eight additional recoveries have also been reported.

District Totals: Positives 513Recovered 412Deaths 13/ Negative Tests: 5807

Blaine: 3/1/0
Custer: 192/149/4
Garfield: 18/13/0
Greeley: 40/33/0
Howard: 139/115/5
Loup: 6/6/0
Sherman: 41/31/3
Valley: 70/61/1
Wheeler: 4/3/0

LBPHD Risk Dial

The dial has moved higher into the orange this week. The weekly percent positivity of tests decreased slightly this week and the number of cases being classified as community spread also decreased. Rapid test capacity is extremely limited, TestNebraska continues to have capacity but delayed turnaround time. The increase in the risk dial is mainly due to the increasing concerns with hospital capacity.

In Nebraska, we are seeing record number of people hospitalized, not only for COVID but other illnesses. Locally, LBPHD has more cases hospitalized than at any other point thus far in the pandemic response. 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.