WAYNE – Health officials in the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department are still cautioning residents as a new variant has recently been found in the four-county health district.
According to a release from NNPHD, the Delta COVID-19 Variant has been identified as having infected someone living in the Health District.
The Delta Variant is the newest variant in a long list of variants that have developed due to mutations occurring in the COVID-19 virus. The Delta Variant has been classified by CDC as a “Variant of Concern” due to its ability to more easily spread, because it has shown some resistance to some COVID-19 treatments and an increased ability for illness even after being fully vaccinated.
While the Delta Variant was identified as originating in India, it is important to note that the NNPHD case is not travel related.
NNPHD Health Director, Julie Rother, stresses, “it is extremely important not to let your guard down. This virus will continue to be present in our communities and will continue to cause illness and death. Although the number of cases has significantly decreased, using the tools we have to limit the spread of the virus in order to prevent the development of new and more concerning variants is our main goal right now.”
The best tool to limit the spread of the virus and prevent future variants from developing is through vaccination. Other effective ways to limit the spread include wearing a face mask, keeping a 6-foot distance from others and washing your hands well and often. It is also very important that people continue to stay home and away from others if they have any of the COVID-19 symptoms and get tested. There are many reasons, specifically new variants, that warn residents that they need to continue to do what they know works to slow the spread and protect their communities and loved ones.
For the week of June 6 – 12, there were three new positives bringing the total positives to 3,999 with 3,928 since recovered. Cedar County had two new positives (933 or 953 recovered); Dixon County saw one new positive (678 of 695 since recovered; Thurston County no positives (1,163 of 1,189 since recovered) and Wayne County no positives (1,154 of 1,162 since recovered).
For more information on COVID-19, visit www.nnphd.org, www.dhhs.ne.gov or www.cdc.gov. If you need any accommodations for testing or vaccination, contact NNPHD at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-375-2260 or 402-375-2200.