ELVPHD confirms Delta variant

NORFOLK, Neb. -- The Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department has identified a case of the  B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant of COVID-19 within the district. Other specimens of COVID-19 in the district are being tested to identify possible additional cases.

The health district has noted a decline in COVID-19 cases this summer, though there was a slight uptick in the number of cases starting during the middle of July.

While the cases have increased, the district remains well below the level of cases at the end of 2020.

The health department and state health officials continue to study both variants and cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated individuals to understand the impact on individual health.

Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department says staff continues to investigate COVID-19  cases. The department says cases for individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and for individuals  who have a variant of COVID-19 are investigated more thoroughly than commonly  circulating SARS-CoV-2.

“Though not 100% effective, the COVID-19 vaccines continue to be the best protection against severe illness, hospitalization and death. Our health department operates  COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Tekamah, West Point and Norfolk three days a week for  people to receive their vaccines,” said Melanie Thompson, Emergency Response Coordinator for the health department.

Anyone in the district wishing to make an appointment to get vaccinated can visit http://www.vaccinate.ne.gov to sign up.