Three people in the Central District Health Department area died of COVID-19 during the last seven days, Central District Health reported Wednesday.
The deaths consisted of one person in his or her 40s, one in their 50s and one in their 70s. None was “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19.
“This comes at a time when hospitals in the Central District, made up of Hall, Hamilton and Merrick counties, are seeing 0-8% ICU bed availability (0-1 beds open) with a total of 21-27 COVID cases requiring hospitalization each day,” says a CDHD news release.
“In addition to three deaths, the Central District saw 205 confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past seven days with test positivity rate of 35%, which keeps our ‘transmission risk dial’ in the ‘high transmission’ category,” the release says. “A majority of new cases in the past seven days are among those age 49 and younger.
“With transmission high and vaccination rates in the district rising slowly, CDHD recommends those 12 and up receive a COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves,” CDHD says.
First and second doses, along with flu shots and COVID booster shots, are now available at a drive-through clinic at the CDHD office, 1137 S. Locust St.
The hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Shots are available indoors from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, with Thursday clinics running until 7 p.m.
Drive-through COVID testing is offered through Nomi Health from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays at the CDHD office.
Nomi Health offers both rapid tests, which are accurate if you have symptoms and yield results in one hour, and PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests, which are accurate whether you have symptoms and yield results in 24 to 36 hours.
For more information, visit www.cdhd.ne.gov or call 308-385-5175.