LBPHD COVID-19 Update: 52 New Cases, 314 Active Cases, 1 Additional Death; Risk Dial Increased

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

The cases were reported from:
Howard (23), Custer (9), Valley (6), Greeley (6), Sherman (5), Blaine (1), Loup (1), Wheeler (1)

All known close contacts have been asked to quarantine.

Twenty-seven additional recoveries have also been reported.

Loup Basin is saddened to report one additional COVID-19 related death in the district. The additional death was a resident of Custer County.

District Totals: Positives 973Recovered 642Deaths 17

Blaine: 10/4/0
Custer: 347/234/7
Garfield: 55/38/0
Greeley: 72/48/0
Howard: 260/160/6
Loup: 12/10/0
Sherman: 88/55/3
Valley: 121/88/1
Wheeler: 8/5/0

LBPHD Risk Dial

The dial has increased higher into the orange this week. The district continues to have a critically high number of cases reported as community spread. Rapid test capacity is extremely limited, TestNebraska capacity is maxed at current testing sites; onboarding another testing site to be up and running next week.

Discussions are being had on the large demand on PPE that will occur in the coming weeks as Nebraska hospitals continue to feel the drastic increase of hospitalized patients. 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.