NNPHD COVID-19 Risk Dial Drops Lower In ‘High’ Category, Updated DHM’s Released

WAYNE – As families get together, community members are doing the right thing when it comes to using the tools in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

According to a release from NNPHD, the COVID-19 Risk Dial went down slightly again 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 19 new COVID-19 positives as of Wednesday evening.

Of the 3,017 total positives, 2,327 have since recovered and there have been over 19,000 total cumulative negatives and over 22,000 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 (5/700/492); Dixon (8/535/400); Thurston (4/868/675) and Wayne (2/914/760).

Only Thurston County saw a slight increase in weekly COVID-19 totals from 40 to 57 between December 6 – 12 and December 13 – 19. Cedar County decreased by three to 36; Dixon County dropped from 32 to 21 and Wayne County fell from 43 to 35.

There have been 34 deaths in the NNPHD Health District with an additional three pending investigation. Also, of the 171 ever hospitalized, only five are currently hospitalized.

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

Also, NNPHD health officials will be providing updates about the vaccine as the COVID-19 vaccine is here. The vaccine will be given based on CDC identified priority groups.

Phase 1A has started for healthcare workers including emergency medical services and long-term care residents. Vaccine allocation recommendations can be found on the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department Facebook page.


Officials with the Department of Health and Human Services reported another decrease in current hospitalizations in Nebraska. The state went down from 677 last week to 566 as of December 21.

A five-phase series of Directed Health Measures (DHMs) remain in effect for the entire state. DHM restrictions are aimed at preserving hospital capacity for urgent medical care as COVID-19 hospitalizations remain elevated.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts announced Wednesday that with less than 15% of hospital beds needed for COVID-19 patients, the state would move to the blue threshold, which is the fourth of the five series of directives. Restrictions will be eased effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday, December 24 and go through January 31, 2021 to permit indoor gatherings at 75% capacity.

An outline of the DHMs is available at https://www.dropbox.com/s/hmadcuih3j2xlyd/Color-Coded%20%20Phase%20Comparison%2011.13.20.pdf?dl=0.

Executive Order 20-36 remains in force.  It gives public bodies the option to meet virtually by videoconference or teleconference through January 31, 2021.  Full text of the executive order is available by clicking here.

A chart comparing the color-coded phases of the State’s pandemic response plan is available by clicking here.