NNPHD COVID-19 Case Report For Week Ending January 15, Free Vaccine Locations Provided

WAYNE – For a third straight week the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department Health District had more than double the amount of total positive tests in a week, this time during the week ending on January 15.

The percentage of the District being fully vaccinated increased from 50.08% to 50.34%.

According to a release from NNPHD, cases per 100,000 for a seven-day reporting period were listed at 1,494 which saw an increase of 873 from week ending January 8. The positivity percent rate rose from 20.24% to 25.19% recently. The 1,494 total is considered a high transmission level according to NNPHD which is 100 or more cases per 100,000. Substantial is between 50 – 99.99; moderate is 10 – 49.99 and low transmission is considered less than 10.

The Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department Health District is made up of Cedar, Dixon, Thurston and Wayne counties.

NNPHD officials were permitted to share county-level data this past week, which can be found below.

Testing rose from 934 to 1,623 with 455 tests coming back positive last week. An increase in active cases by 409 now brings the total to 759.

Since January 1, COVID-19 cases have increased more than eight times in the NNPHD Health District. There were 56 new cases the first week of January, 189 the second week and again 455 new cases just last week.

The active hospitalization category remained at seven while COVID-19 related deaths stayed at 72.

Julie Rother, Health Director, said the COVID-19 vaccine is one of the best tools to utilize to prevent serious illness and death.

Access free COVID-19 vaccines in the area by  contacting Keller Pharmacy in Ponca (402-755-2216); The Apothecary in Pender (402-385-3350); Providence Community Pharmacy in Wayne (402-375-8862); Steffen Drug in Hartington (402-254-3549); Northeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership in several locations (800-445-2505) and Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department in several locations (800-375-2260).

Visit nnphd.org, like Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department on Facebook or call 402-375-2200 for more information.