NNPHD COVID-19 Risk Dial Drops Into Moderate Category, Thurston County Breaks 1K In Total Positives  

WAYNE – After dropping out of the red ‘severe’ category in early December, counties within the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department saw another decrease in the NNPHD COVID-19 Risk Dial falling out of the orange ‘high’ category.

According to a release from NNPHD, the dial is back in the yellow ‘moderate’ category for the first time since August 12, 2020.

There were 32 new COVID-19 positives as of Wednesday evening.

Of the 3,360 total positives, 2,981 have since recovered and there have been over 22,500 total cumulative negatives and nearly 26,000 total tests for the NNPHD Health District.

Wednesday’s report also included new positives since last report/total positives/total number recovered for each county in the health district. Cedar (14/792/687); Dixon (6/584/514); Thurston (7/1,003/870) and Wayne (5/981/910).

Two of the four counites in the NNPHD Health District saw a slight increase in weekly COVID-19 totals from January 3 – 9 to January 10 – 16. Dixon county jumped from 12 to 20 while Wayne county rose by one from 17 to 18. Cedar county decreased from 33 to 24 while Thurston county also fell from 31 to 27.

There have been 39 deaths (same as last week) in the NNPHD Health District with an additional five pending investigation. Also, of the 191 ever hospitalized, only nine were currently hospitalized.

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Also, as of Wednesday, DHHS officials reported another weekly decrease of current hospitalizations being 439 as of January 19. Last week, that total was at 457.