New COVID-19 records set in Central District

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) – The Central District Health Department is seeing a record number of COVID-19 cases, with more than 1,300 positive cases and a 59% positivity rate seen in the past seven days.

From Jan. 7 to Jan. 13, 1,373 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Hall, Hamilton, and Merrick counties. In Hall County, 1,160 cases have been reported, with 127 reported in Hamilton County and 86 reported in Merrick County. A death was also reported.

According to the CDHD, this record number of cases and positivity can be attributed, in part, to the extremely transmissible variant of Omicron. Currently, the number of cases is hitting young people the hardest, with those aged 10 to 49 seeing the highest number of positive cases. The rapid increase in cases in the 0-9 age group is also of concern. You can find more information about our COVID-19 dashboard at

These figures beat old records set on Wednesday with 870 confirmed cases over a seven-day period. The previous peak for this region was in November 2020 when we had 710 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and had a positivity rate of 45.4%. Breakthrough infections are common with the Omicron variant, but those who are up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations (two doses plus a booster) are exponentially less likely to experience the worst effects of the virus, including persistent fever, lesions lungs and death. .

According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, those who received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were 11 times less likely to be hospitalized and those who received their booster dose were 46 times less likely to be hospitalized. hospitalized than people who were not vaccinated. These numbers, taken from actual hospitalizations in Nebraska in December, reflect data from the rest of the country.

Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent COVID-19 and avoid the worst symptoms. Other mitigation efforts include wearing tight-fitting surgical masks in public, social distancing and testing if you develop symptoms. If you test positive or have been exposed, new isolation and quarantine protocols are currently available on our website.

CDHD will offer first and second COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with Thursday clinics continuing until 7:00 p.m. Nomi Health is also offering COVID-19 testing by appointment only due to current high demand. Find out more on our website, For more information, call (308) 385-5175.

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