NNPHD COVID-19 Risk Dial Remains In ‘High’ Category

WAYNE – As the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department COVID-19 Risk Dial remained the same as last week, the statewide hospitalization numbers saw another slight decrease.

According to a release from NNPHD, the dial remained on the lower end of 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 22 new COVID-19 positives as of Wednesday evening.

Of the 3,196 total positives, 2,672 have since recovered and there have been over 20,000 total cumulative negatives and over 24,000 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 (10/737/629); Dixon (3/555/464); Thurston (5/955/739) and Wayne (4/949/840).

Only Wayne County saw a slight increase in weekly COVID-19 totals from 14 to 15 between December 20 – 26 and December 27 – January 2. Cedar County remained at 12; Thurston County decreased from 42 to 36 and Dixon County decreased from 25 to 10.

There have been 34 deaths in the NNPHD Health District with an additional four pending investigation. Also, of the 179 ever hospitalized, only six 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 January 5, there were 515 which has gone down from last week’s 517. As of Tuesday, nearly 39,000 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been given to Nebraska hospital, health care and emergency medical services workers and those who will be vaccinating priority groups in the months to come. First doses have been given to roughly a third of the state’s health care population. In addition, second doses began to be administered this week with nearly 850 doses given as of Tuesday