LBPHD COVID-19 Update: 33 New Cases, 28 Recoveries; Risk Dial Increased, Remains Elevated

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

The cases were reported from:
Howard (10) – community spread (4), contact with a positive (6)
Custer (10) – community spread (4), contact with a positive (6)
Greeley (5)- community spread (3), contact with a positive (2)
Valley (4)- contact with a positive (4)
Garfield (2)-
community spread (1), contact with a positive (1)
Wheeler (1)- community spread (1)
Sherman (1)-
community spread (1)

All known close contacts have been asked to quarantine.

Twenty-eight additional recoveries have also been reported.

As their staff remains in isolation and quarantine working from separate locations, they appreciate you being flexible with the timeliness of updates.

District Totals: Positives 621Recovered 489Deaths 14/ Negative Tests: 6121

Blaine: 3/3/0
Custer: 242/181/5
Garfield: 24/15/0
Greeley: 48/43/0
Howard: 155/131/5
Loup: 10/8/0
Sherman: 46/35/3
Valley: 88/70/1
Wheeler: 5/3/0

LBPHD Risk Dial

The dial has moved higher into the orange this week. The weekly percent positivity of tests increased significantly this week and the number of cases being classified as community spread also increased.

Rapid test capacity is extremely limited, TestNebraska continued to have capacity but delayed turnaround time and two testing options were canceled due to LBPHD staff’s quarantine/isolation. The increase in the risk dial is due to the continued concerns with hospital capacity.

In Nebraska, we are seeing a record number of people hospitalized, not only for COVID but other illnesses. 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.