Three Rivers Public Health Department (3RPHD)gave us an update Friday afternoon on total lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases within the district. Parentheses indicate changes since Wednesday, June 24.
- Dodge County: 672 cases (+9)
- Saunders County: 74 cases (+8)
- Washington County: 47 cases (+2)
Total 3RPHD Case Count: 793 cases (+19)
Over the last 14 days, Dodge County has seen 59 new cases. Dodge County is still ranked 4th overall in new case counts over the 14 day period.
- Douglas: 1,157 cases
- Lancaster: 232 cases
- Sarpy: 228 cases
- Dodge 59 cases
Total 3RPHD Cases Over 14 Day Period (June 12-26): 80 new cases
As of Friday morning, local hospitals reported 269 (-27) medical beds were available and 100 (+3) patients were hospitalized with COVID-19. Of the 362 ventilators available to area hospitals, 126 (+8) were in use, including 24 (-2) for confirmed COVID-19 patients.
According to the Nebraska DHHS dashboard, there have been 18,346 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 12,314 recoveries within the state. Nebraska has tested 165,195 people and has had 146,656 negative test results. There are 260 reported deaths.
Assume that COVID-19 is present in all our communities and conduct yourself accordingly. Please be aware of the COVID-19 symptoms, which may include a fever, cough, sore throat, severe fatigue, loss of taste, and smell, or difficulty breathing. In most cases, a person will have more than one of these symptoms. Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms or develops symptoms should contact their health care provider and tell them how you are feeling and any possible history of exposure. Please call ahead before you go to the doctor’s office or an emergency room.
As some restrictions due to COVID -19 are relaxed, 3RPHD asks you to remember the basics. Maintain social distancing, wear a cloth mask in public, and wash your hands often for 20 seconds with soap and water. It is a time to take care of yourself and remember to reach out and help others when you can.
Test Nebraska is here and 3RPHD is encouraging more individuals to seek testing. Help us identify cases, predict and give employers and the public reassurance that those who have COVID-19 know it and are staying home. Visit https://www.testnebraska.com/en to take the test and see the schedule. There is no cost for this test through Test Nebraska.
Why is it important to consider testing?
- The sooner we can identify COVID-19 cases, the sooner we can get back to our normal way of life.
- In addition to social distancing, widespread testing is a proven, effective way to combat the spread of COVID-19.
- Testing gives us crucial data that we need to track the spread of the virus, contain it, and to help find a cure and save lives. For more information about COVID-19 please visit www.threeriverspublichealth.org, http://dhhs.ne.gov/coronavirus.