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Recent COVID Surge Underscores Need for Vaccines


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The Central District, including Hall, Hamilton and Merrick Counties, is in the midst of a COVID-19 surge that has resulted in hundreds of new cases over the past 7 days and 5 COVID related deaths since December 3.  

This last week has seen 412 lab confirmed cases in the three counties. This number is 66% higher than at this time last year. The 5 deaths include three men and two women ranging in age from 36-94. Most of the increase in cases can be attributed to variants of COVID-19 including Delta and the highly transmissible Omicron.

Surges in COVID-19 vividly illustrate the need to get vaccinated against this potentially deadly virus. Those who are vaccinated are far less likely to experience severe symptoms of COVID-19 which can include permanent lung damage, long lasting fatigue and death. While break through infections are common with the Omicron strain, vaccination has been proven to widely and consistently prevent the worst symptoms of the virus. According to the CDC COVID Tracker website, roughly half of Central District residents are vaccinated.

As of December 16, 2021, those who are fully vaccinated include:

-83% of those age 65+
-55% of those age 30-49
-40% of those age 16-29
-10.7% of those age 0-15

Currently, those who are 16 and above can get Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines and a booster shot 6 months after the second dose. We expect that age range to be expanded later this week. Please watch our website, www.cdhd.ne.gov and social media for more information as it becomes available.

CDHD offers COVID-19 vaccines from 8 am – 4:30 pm Mondays – Fridays and is open until 7 pm on Thursdays.  Nomi Health offers drive through  COVID-19 testing from 8 am – 3 pm Mondays – Fridays and 8 am – Noon on Saturdays at our location. Please register prior to getting tested. For more information please call (308) 385-5175. 


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