WAYNE – With Wednesday being Veterans Day, staff at the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department reported their daily COVID-19 update along with risk dial and data one day earlier.
According to a release from NNPHD, the COVID-19 Risk Dial for the health district of Cedar, Dixon, Thurston and Wayne counties has moved into the red ‘Severe’ category for the first time.
Among the ‘Severe’ COVID-19 Pandemic Outbreak red color on the dial states data points that inform the dial color of red:
COVID-19 ‘Red’ Risk Dial information.
- Widespread community or regional spread of COVID
- There is a large increase in confirmed COVID positive cases OR percent positive cases which may possibly overwhelm the local and/or regional healthcare system
- There is a large increase in Flu-like and COVID-like cases which may possibly overwhelm the local and/or regional healthcare system
- Hospitals are needing or are close to needing additional capacity
- There is not enough testing capacity for health care workers
- There is not enough capacity to conduct investigation and contact tracing
- There are shortages of testing supplies or critical medical equipment needed to treat COVID-19
- There are personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages impacting health care workers
As of Tuesday evening, 52 new COVID-19 cases were reported and of the 1,663 total positives, 903 have since recovered. New positive since last report/total positives/total number recovered were also posted for Cedar County (6/289/146), Dixon County (9/263/149), Thurston County (18/541/332) and Wayne County (19/570/276).
For the week of November 2 – November 8, Wayne County saw 115 COVID-19 positives, up 44 from the previous week while Thurston County rose by two to 68, Dixon County went up 35 to 52 as Cedar County dropped 11 to 34.
As of November 8, there were 15 individuals in the hospital with 60 of the 88 ever hospitalized being discharged. The NNPHD Health District is reporting 11 deaths with two additional that are currently pending investigation.
For more information, visit nnphd.org or call 402-375-2200. Also, view more information on the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department Facebook page.