The Nebraska National Guard held a testing event last week in McCook hosted by Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) that screened 102 people for COVID-19. All test results from this event were negative. Individuals from the nine counties in the health district were contacted and given an appointment based on their level of risk. Three levels of risk were prioritized: persons with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 who were not seen by a provider for testing, persons with travel history within the past 14 days to an area of high transmission (aka hotspot), and high risk healthcare workers and first responders. An additional testing in North Platte hosted by West Central District Health Department screened 6 people from the SWNPHD health district.
Mass testing is an important strategy to help identify hidden cases. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), data has shown that 25% of all cases of COVID-19 are asymptomatic, meaning they do not show any symptoms. Asymptomatic carriers may be spreading the disease without knowing it, which is also why wearing a mask in public is important to protect the people around you.
While no cases of COVID-19 were discovered during this event, three other cases were identified through medical provider testing. COVID-19 testing is being done daily at area clinics and hospitals. The following 3 positive cases have been identified:
- Case 1 – a male in his thirties in Red Willow County, by community transmission.
- Case 2 – a male in his twenties in Furnas County, related to travel outside the health district.
- Case 3 – a male in his twenties in Furnas County, by direct contact with Case 2.
Community transmission is when someone has COVID-19 and public health officials are unable to identify how or where the individual became infected.
Direct contact is when someone has been around a person with confirmed COVID-19 for longer than ten minutes and within 6 feet or less. Being at a local grocery store at the same time while shopping with someone who may be infected would not be considered direct contact.
If you have been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, talk to your healthcare provider about the possibility of being tested. This is also recommended for anyone who is experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, sudden onset of cough and/or shortness of breath, fatigue, and sore throat.
This virus is spreading in the community through person to person spread, and now is the time to use extra caution. Please limit your contact with people who live outside of your home. Maintain social distancing when you are out and about, and make sure to keep 6 feet apart from others. Wear a mask in public. Use hand sanitizer after public contact, and then wash your hands immediately after returning home.
DHHS has a statewide coronavirus (COVID-19) information line to help answer general questions and share the latest information and resources with Nebraskans to help keep them informed. The number is (402) 552-6645; hours of operation are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. CST, 7 days a week.
For more information on COVID-19 in southwest Nebraska, visit swhealth.ne.gov. You can also follow SWNPHD on Facebook and Twitter. SWNPHD serves Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Hayes, Hitchcock, Keith, Perkins and Red Willow counties. SWNPHD is located at 404 West 10th St (1 block north of Arby’s) in McCook or at 501 Broadway in Imperial (5th St. entrance); 308-345-4223.
(Grand Island, NE) - A candidate aiming for a seat on the Hall County Commissioners has been cited for Misdemeanor theft. At about 10:00 am Monday the Grand Island Police Department took a complaint of a theft of a campaign sign from 1911 North Rd. The campaign sign belonged to Karen Bredthauer. After interviewing the victim, suspect, and witness in this case, a citation was given to her republican opponent in May’s upcoming Primary election Todd Morgan. Morgan admitted to removing the signs.
Bredthauer, the incumbent in the district 2 County Commissioners race says the entire incident calls into question the morals of her opponent.
As of now, charges have not yet been filled by the Hall County Attorney’s office.
This is a developing story and KRGI news will continue to follow the story and provide updates as they become available.
NEW YORK (AP) — The baseball organization that presents the annual MVP awards will consider whether the name of former commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis should be pulled from future plaques. A longtime official of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America says the issue will be put up for discussion. Former NL Most Valuable Players Barry Larkin, Mike Schmidt and Terry Pendleton this week told The Associated Press they would favor removing Landis’ name because of concerns over his handling of Black players. Landis was hired in 1920 as MLB’s first commissioner and no Blacks played in the majors during his quarter-century tenure.
NEW YORK (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have replaced the New York Yankees as the opponent for the Chicago White Sox in the Field of Dreams game on Aug. 13 at Dyersville, Iowa. The schedule change caused by the new coronavirus pandemic meant the White Sox no longer play the Yankees this season. The new opponent, first reported by The Des Moines Register, was confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the arrangements who spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the matchup has not been announced. Major League Baseball hopes to announce its new schedule next week.
UNDATED (AP) —The tour’s latest policy change on the coronavirus means Cameron Champ can play the Rocket Mortgage Classic this week in Detroit. Champ tested positive for the virus last week when he arrived for the Travelers Championship. That meant he had to self-isolate for 10 days without showing symptoms. Champ was asymptomatic when he tested positive. The tour says he had three negative tests over the next three days. The tour consulted with the CDC on its policy change. Now, anyone who is asymptomatic and tests positive will be eligible to return with two negative tests at least 24 hours apart.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —Catcher Patrick Bailey has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants that includes a $3.8 million signing bonus. He was selected 13th overall in last month’s amateur draft, The 21-year-old hit .296 with six homers, including three grand slams, and 20 RBIs in 17 games in the pandemic-shortened season as a junior at North Carolina State. He earned the Johnny Bench award as the top Division I catcher, an honor also won the Giants’ Buster Posey in 2008 and Joey Bart in 2018.
UNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma athletics department is cutting $13.7 million from its budget, blaming those cuts on fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Budget cuts include a 10% salary drop for any employee earning at least $1 million per year. Athletic director Joe Castiglione said the moves were the “first steps” in responding to the financial losses associated with virus outbreak.
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