Two Rivers Health District reports steady COVID-19 risk dial

Two Rivers Health District reports steady COVID-19 risk dial
Courtesy/Two Rivers Public Health Department, Kearney, Nebraska.
August 4th, 2022 | Katie Mulligan, TRPHD Planning Section Supervisor

Kearney — The weekly risk dial for COVID-19 in the Two Rivers Public Health District remained within the yellow “Moderate” level of risk according to the latest survey released on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.

Some notable features of the latest survey:

-519 cases of COVID-19 were recorded in TRPHD between July 27-August 2. 167 new cases were reported in the past week.

-In the past 4 weeks, Kearney, Lexington and Holdrege have seen a steady rate of new cases, between 50-80, between 5-16, and between 9-25 respectively in the three cities.

-26% of all COVID tests conducted at hospitals and clinics in the past week have been positive, public testing utilization has dropped, however.

-As of August 3, 54% of the total population of TRPHD has received the minimum prescribed dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Half of the people fully vaccinated have received at least one booster, including 75% of those aged 60 years and over.

-As of Wednesday morning, 26% of ICU beds and 36% of Medical/surgical beds in TRPHD are available, COVID accounts for 33% of current ICU admissions.

-TRPHD offers COVID testing at the Two Rivers Public Health Department office at 516 W. 11th Street, Kearney. Testing is offered Mondays & Wednesdays 9:30AM – 10:30AM. Those interested are required to register at https://login.registermytime.com/tw/2rphd for scheduling.

-TRPHD is distributing free COVID-19 test kits from the office daily.TRPHD strongly urges all unvaccinated vaccine-eligible residents to avail of the COVID vaccination or booster shots through their healthcare provider, pharmacy or TRPHD. For schedule of vaccination clinics, see www.trphd.org

-For these reasons, the risk dial is the same as the previous week, within the ‘moderate risk’ (yellow) zone. The dial reflects a steady weekly incidence rate and consistent COVID-related morbidity outcomes in hospitals across the district over the past 4 weeks.

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