West Central Health answers the public’s COVID-19 questions

West Central Health answers the publics questions on COVID-19
West Central Health answers the publics questions on COVID-19(Kaylie Crowe)
Published: Sep. 9, 2020 at 10:29 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The public asked questions Wednesday night at the West Central Health board meeting. This meeting served as an update on why the current regulations are in place. The board went over their current information such as the effectiveness of masks. The board stated current studies show masks are effective and beneficial to slowing the spread. Doctors throughout the state of Nebraska have collectively agreed that they are for masks and recommend the community continue to wear them.

Ron Hanson with North Platte Public Schools also attended and spoke on his gratitude that their collaboration with the health district has contributed to a successful start of the school year. West Central Health Executive Director Shannon Vanderheiden says studies have shown that masks have been beneficial in preventing the spread of COVID 19.

“There has been long exposures of contact where masks were worn and in that study there were masks that were community masks - so cloth masks, there were masks that were N-95 which you typically seen in a medical environment, and their were surgical masks," said Vanderheiden, "In that particular study long periods of time very close contact no one became symptomatic. I believe it was around 48 percent tested for COVID-19; none of them tested positive and 100 percent of those individuals did not have any type of symptoms.”

They said their goal as a board is to keep the district safe and that is why they do what they do. West Central Health asks for patience as things change every day in these unprecedented times. Vanderheiden also stated that when tested for COVID-19, it is important patients quarantine for 10 days minimum before returning to work or school.

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