Weekly COVID-19 Risk Update

Weekly COVID-19 Risk Update
Courtesy/Two Rivers Public Health Department.
December 5th, 2021 | Two Rivers Public Health Department

KEARNEY – Two Rivers Public Health updated the weekly risk dial on Wednesday, December 2, 2021. The risk dial remains in the red “Pandemic” level of risk.

-368 cases of COVID-19 were recorded in TRPHD between November 24 – November 30. Over 15% of all tests in the district are positive.
-Multiple methods are currently used for COVID-19 testing across the district including home rapid tests.
-As of Wednesday morning, no ICU beds were available across TRPHD. 30% of all currently occupied beds are accounted for by COVID-19 patients. Staffing shortages & increased admissions are impacting bed availability in TRPHD and across Nebraska.
-171 deaths due to COVID-19 have been announced by the health department. Over 20% of those occurred since September 1, 2021.
-A public COVID testing site is now open in Kearney city at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds. Testing results
are available the same day and are offered Mondays & Wednesdays 9:30AM – 12:30PM. Those desirous of
COVID testing are requested to register at https://login.registermytime.com/tw/2rphd for scheduling.
-As of Nov 29, 2021, 48% of TRPHD’s total population and almost 60% of the adult population (18+ years) has received minimum doses as recommended (1 or 2 as indicated), compared to about 57% of the entire state population. TRPHD strongly urges all unvaccinated vaccine-eligible residents to avail of the COVID vaccination through their healthcare provider, pharmacy or TRPHD. For schedule of vaccination clinics,
See https://vaccinate.ne.gov/en-US/
-For these reasons, the risk dial is unchanged from last week in the ‘severe’ (red) zone. The dial reading reflects drastically reduced ICU availability, higher hospitalization rates and low vaccination rates across the county.

ABOUT TWO RIVERS PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Two Rivers Public Health Department engages collaborative partners, community leaders and the public to promote healthy lifestyles, provide preventative education, assure environmental quality, and create more healthy and safe communities for all who live within the district. Follow TRPHD on Facebook and Twitter @2RPHD

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