CDHD Raises Covid Risk Dial
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Nearly half of Nebraska’s adult population has now been vaccinated against the coronavirus. The state said Monday that 49.6% of the population aged 16 and up has now been fully vaccinated and more than 1.5 million doses of the shots have been administered across Nebraska.
As businesses and some schools are getting more and more relaxed with their mask policies, The Central District Health Department has increased its COVID-19 risk dial to 1.9. Last week it was 1.3
“This is still in the ‘yellow zone’, but two weeks ago, the risk dial was 1.1 and last week it was 1.3 so we are moving in the wrong direction.” states Anderson. CDHD reports 67 new cases of COVID-19 last week as compared with 37 new cases the week before last. The total tests for last week increased by just 33 over the previous week.
The risk dial represents a number which is calculated from several different measures, including the following: overall positivity rate, last week’s positivity rate, trajectory of cases in past 14 days, adult ICU availability, ventilator availability, community spread, testing availability, and ability to contact trace in 24 hrs. Anderson explains, “The increase in the risk dial comes from the increase in the percent of positive cases and from the trajectory of cases in the past 14 days, both of which have increased significantly.”
The Hastings Public School Board voted 5-3 last night to drop their mask requirement on all of their campuses for the last week of school.
The mandate has been in effect since the beginning of the school year.
Masks will still be required at graduation.
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