COVID-19 Update 7/31/20: TRPHD increases risk assessment

COVID-19 Update 7/31/20: TRPHD increases risk assessment

HOLDREGE, Neb. (KGFW) – Two Rivers Public Health Department has increased the area’s COVID-19 risk assessment from “moderate” to “elevated” after 30 new cases were reported Wednesday. 27 were in Buffalo and Dawson Counties. Since tracking began, nearly 90% of the district’s confirmed cases have been asymptomatic. There are 190 current cases with symptoms, 67 of the District’s 885 overall confirmed cases have required hospitalization.

344 new COVID-19 cases were reported statewide yesterday. There are 150 active hospitalizations. Four new deaths brings the state total to 328, according to the State’s dashboard. Despite an increase in cases, Nebraska’s overall positive test rate continues to decline. Now at 9.5% from a high of nearly 20% at one point.

Herman Cain has died due to COVID-19 complications. Though known best nationally as a former US presidential candidate, The Omaha World Herald reports Cain was known in Nebraska for moving here and rescuing Godfathers Pizza – which was founded in Omaha – then engineering a buyout of the turned around Pizza chain. Cain once said that he had ‘earned his stripes in the business community in Omaha.’

Douglas County spending $1.85M in virus relief on vehicle

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The Douglas County board has approved spending $1.85 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to buy a mobile command center for the sheriff’s office. The decision came despite objections from board members who said the money should be used for rent assistance and other human needs. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the board voted 4-2 Tuesday to approve the expenditure. Sheriff Tim Dunning and supporters said the vehicle could be used for mass vaccinations in rural areas. Coronavirus numbers continue to climb in Nebraska. On Thursday, the state’s online virus tracking tool showed 265 new confirmed cases and three more COVID-19 deaths.