NNPHD COVID-19 Risk Dial Drops Lower In ‘High’ Category

WAYNE – As 2020 comes to an end, the updated Northeast Nebraska COVID-19 Risk Dial continues to see a slight decline.

According to a release from NNPHD, the COVID-19 Risk Dial went down again but remains in the orange ‘high’ category.  The dial is designed to help communities better understand the current risk of getting the virus in this area.

There were 16 new COVID-19 positives as of Wednesday evening.

Of the 3,083 total positives, 2,495 have since recovered and there have been over 19,000 total cumulative negatives and over 23,000 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 (1/711/559); Dixon (5/543/435); Thurston (9/900/702) and Wayne (1/929/799).

Only Dixon County saw a slight increase in weekly COVID-19 totals from 21 to 25 between December 13 – 19 and December 20 – 26. Cedar County decreased from 36 to 12; Thurston County went 57 down to 42 and Wayne County fell from 35 to 14.

There have been 34 deaths in the NNPHD Health District with an additional three pending investigation. Also, of the 177 ever hospitalized, only five are currently hospitalized.

Visit nnphd.org or call 402-375-2200 for more information.

Also, Department of Health and Human Service officials released their updated current hospitalizations. As of December 29, there were 517 which has gone down from last week’s 566.