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Two Rivers Public Health Department Updates COVID-19 Risk Dial

KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) – Two Rivers Public Health updated the weekly risk dial on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. The risk dial remains in the “Pandemic” red risk level.

384 cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the TRPHD between November 10 and November 16. This is an increase of more than 25% compared to the weekly average recorded in September and October.

Access to testing has increased in Buffalo County, causing the positivity rate to drop steadily, unlike Dawson, Phelps and Gosper counties, where between a quarter and a third of all tests performed outside of healthcare facilities long-term patients were positive last week. The rate of COVID cases as a proportion of Nebraska’s population is double the national average.

Only one in 28 intensive care beds is currently available in the TRPHD, almost 40% of the intensive care beds in use are occupied by COVID patients. Across the TRPHD, less than 25 percent of medical and surgical inpatient beds are currently available. Staff shortages continue to hamper efforts to increase bed availability, both in the Two Rivers District and throughout Nebraska.

A public COVID testing site is now open in the town of Kearney at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds. Test results will be available the same day and are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Those wishing to undergo COVID testing are asked to register at www.trphd.org for scheduling.

As of October 5, 2021, 47% of the total TRPHD population and almost 59% of the adult population (18 years and older) have received the minimum recommended doses (1 or 2 as indicated), compared to approximately 57% of the total of the state’s population. . The TRPHD urges all unvaccinated residents who are eligible for the vaccine to be vaccinated against COVID through their healthcare provider, pharmacy or TRPHD. For the schedule of immunization clinics, see www.trphd.org

For these reasons, the risk dial is slightly increased compared to last week in the “pandemic” zone. The increased reading of the dial reflects the weekly incidence of cases, declining critical care availability and higher hospitalization rates across the county.

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