Richardson County COVID mortality rate doubles nearby communities

NEBRASKA CITY- New data from the Southeast District Health Department shows that although COVID-19 numbers as a whole are trailing, certain counties are seeing an influx of cases recently.

Overall, COVID-19 numbers are more slim than previous months. Although, for Richardson county, on average in the month of May, there were more than two confirmed cases per day. There was 62 confirmed cases in Richardson county for May, with the most activity reported on May 19th and 24th.

Along with the increase in cases within the county, Richardson county has also had 24 deaths from the 803 COVID-19 cases within the county. This nearly three percent mortality rate doubles all nearby counties, with the next highest being Pawnee county with a mortality rate of nearly 1.7 percent.

According to the departments COVID-19 dashboard, there's a total of 3,980 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 64 deaths as of June 3rd, 2021.

Otoe County has received the most confirmed cases with 1,477 and 13 deaths, followed by Nemaha and Richardson county with 803 confirmed cases.

Southeast District Health Department official Grant Brueggeman, did not give any speculation as to the cause of Richardson county's high mortality rate, nor any correlation between the deaths.