COVID-19 Cases Continue To Rise in District
The Central District is seeing an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases caused by the lingering Delta variant. As we move into both the cold weather and holiday seasons where people will spend more time indoors, we strongly urge that people use mitigation efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The increased number of cases represents the fifth pandemic surge for our district. At the end of last week, CDHD noted that 37% of all COVID-19 tests were positive with the number of cases per 100,000 people, used to accurately compare areas with different populations, was 301. This is a high number that has kept the “risk dial” on our COVID dashboard in the red since mid-August of this year.
An increasing number of cases in upcoming weeks is now likely due to several factors including the Delta variant’s high transmission rate, low vaccination rates, colder weather forcing people indoors and the upcoming holiday season where gatherings with many different people, sometimes in crowded settings, can set the stage for viral spread. An added concern is the onset of influenza season, which generally translates into increased hospitalizations, adding to the burden health care workers have been shouldering for the last 20 months.
CDHD advises anyone who is eligible but has not yet gotten vaccinated to get both the COVID-19 and the Influenza shots as soon as possible. Vaccinations are safe and effective and are proven to reduce the number of illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths from these illnesses. Other measures to protect yourself include socially distancing from others and getting tested for COVID-19 if you feel sick.
Nomi Health offers free COVID-19 testing from 8 am – 3 pm, Wednesdays – Fridays at the CDHD, 1137 South Locust Street in Grand Island. They offer both same day rapid tests for those with COVID-19 symptoms (same day results), and PCR tests, with results available in 24-36 hours after testing.
CDHD offers vaccine clinics from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday and 7 pm on Thursdays. The COVID-19 vaccine is now available and recommended to protect children age 5-11. COVID-19 adult boosters are also available. Vaccines are given at no cost but if insured, CDHD bills for vaccine administration. Find out more at our website, www.cdhd.ne.gov.