NNPHD COVID Risk Dial Updated To ‘High’ Category

WAYNE – After spending three weeks in the same spot a shade into the red ‘severe’ category of the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department COVID-19 Risk Dial, the health district drops back into the orange.

According to a release from NNPHD, Wednesday’s COVID-19 Risk Dial is still in the ‘high’ category as those who live in the health district of Cedar, Dixon, Thurston and Wayne counties are still being reminded to take the proper precautions.

NNPHD Orange color meaning.

All four counties also saw a decrease in weekly totals as Wayne County dropped from 60 to 43; Cedar (81 down to 72); Dixon (47 down to 31) and Thurston (35 down to 28) from November 22 – 28 to November 29 – December 5 totals.

Over 20,000 tests have now been reported with 34 new COVID-19 positives in the most recent update. Of the 2,686 total positives, 1,702 have since recovered and there have been over 17,000 total cumulative negatives 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 (4/599/297); Dixon (6/471/295); Thurston (15/764/531) and Wayne (9/852/579).

There have been 24 deaths in the NNPHD Health District with an additional seven deaths currently pending investigation as of December 5. Of the 161 ever hospitalized, there are currently 15 COVID patients being hospitalized from the four-county area.

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