COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations continue to increase in the central district health zone | Local news from the Big Island

The Central District Health Department says it continues to see an increasing number of COVID-19 cases as well as an increasing number of hospitalizations for COVID-19.

As of Wednesday, the COVID-19 test positivity rate was 48%.

“In Hall, Hamilton and Merrick counties, for almost every negative test there is a positive test,” Teresa Anderson, CDHD health director, said in a press release. “Although not all COVID-19 patients require hospitalization, if you are not vaccinated in Nebraska, the risk of being hospitalized is 10 times higher. “

Overall, hospitals in Nebraska are reporting a continuing increase in the rate of admissions of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients in the 30 to 50 age range.

As of Wednesday morning, “for the Tri-Cities region, there were a total of two of the 57 intensive care beds available and there were 109 adult COVID-19 patients hospitalized,” Anderson said in the statement.

“We understand that our metro hospitals are very limited in accepting transfers from greater Nebraska. This means that our critical access hospitals have nowhere to transfer patients who need advanced care, ”he said. “Getting vaccinated now can prevent unnecessary hospitalizations. COVID-19 vaccinations provide relief for hospital staff, prevent unnecessary illness and death. “

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