Central Nebraska sees uptick in COVID-19 cases

Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department has not noted an increase in cases throughout the last week.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Adams, Clay, Nuckolls and Webster counties have seen an increased number of COVID-19 cases throughout the last seven days, the Hastings-based Health Department said on Tuesday.

The South Heartland District Health Department said the risk level of community transmission, based on the rolling number of cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days, has increased to moderate.

Community positivity has increased to a high level, the department said.

Yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still puts the COVID-19 risk in Adams, Clay, Nuckolls, and Webster counties at the lowest level.

That classification is updated on Thursdays and includes hospital data, not just case numbers.

“Testing in our area decreased last week but the number of confirmed cases increased,” Michele Bever, executive director of SHDHD, said in a press release. “Cases more than doubled to 8 confirmed cases last week compared to 3 the week before.”

The department reports that the BA.2 omicron variant has now been identified among recent cases in the area.

“What residents need to know about BA.2 is that it is more highly transmissible than the original omicron and that COVID-19 vaccination is effective in protecting against severe BA.2 illness, hospitalization and death,” Bever said.

People who are eligible to receive a second booster to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19, include:

  • Certain immunocompromised people and people over the age of 50 who received an initial booster dose at least four months ago will be eligible for another mRNA (Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech) booster.
  • Adults who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at least four months ago may now receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department said that as of Tuesday, there were 11 COVID-19 patients in hospitals, none of whom were on ventilators.  The community’s COVID-19 risk dial remains low (green), as the risk of spread and impact of the virus on the community remains low.

At-home test kits are still available in the main lobby of the Health Department, 3131 O” St., during regular business hours.

Test kits are also available at all Lincoln City Library locations.

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