Health District reports six Covid-19 deaths in southeast Nebraska

BEATRICE - A public health district that covers five southeast Nebraska Counties is confirming six recent deaths from COVID-19.

Public Health Solutions says the deaths occurred over the past two weeks. with the ages of those who died, ranging from 33 to 94 years old.  The deaths include five males and one female.

PHS Spokesperson Megan Garcia says records show two of the individuals had been fully vaccinated with four being unvaccinated.

Public Health Solutions officials note that hospitals within the district are filling up with higher numbers of COVID patients, but also other critical conditions that require higher levels of care.

Kim Showalter, PHS Health Director urges people to become vaccinated, saying it is the best protection against becoming severely ill and requiring hospitalization if exposed to the virus.

As of Thursday, 44.63% of the five-county district's residents have been fully vaccinated.

You can find vaccination sites near you, by calling PHS at 402-826-3880.   The district covers Saline, Gage, Jefferson, Thayer and Fillmore Counties.