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COVID-19 numbers continue to rise
Published: Aug. 1, 2020 at 9:21 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The coronavirus pandemic is not over. And health experts in the area, along with the experts at the West Central District Health Department (WCDHD), are concerned.

In the health district encompassing Lincoln County, Thomas County, Hooker County, McPherson County and Arther County, numbers have increased since July quicker than they did in the first several months of the pandemic. Shannon Vanderheiden with the WCDHD is worried because she sees so many people not wearing masks or social distancing when she is out and about.

Barb Petersen with Great Plains Health is concerned too. Peterson said COVID-19 affects people each differently, so often people do not realize how bad it can truly get.

Petersen said it is our “American duty” to protect each other. She added that the person infected could be a nurse or other health care provider, saying we must work hard to keep each other safe.

As of Saturday the WCDHD is in the high-moderate level on the Risk Dial. There have been 99 positive cases of COVID-19 in the health district; 91 in Lincoln County, four in McPherson County, three in Hooker County, and one in Thomas County.

· Current Directed Health Measure for the WCDHD jurisdiction: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Documents/WCHD-DHM-August1.pdf

· COVID-19 Risk Dial & Community Guidance: https://wcdhd.org/what-we-do/health-services/emergency-preparedness/coronavirus/risk-dial.html

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