Boone County now in ‘elevated risk’ category for COVID

Boone County’s risk rating moved into the orange or “elevated risk category” for coronavirus last week, according to the weekly situation report issued by East Central District Health Department (ECDHD) last Friday, Oct. 9.
All four counties within the ECDHD are now considered in elevated risk for COVID-19.
ECDHD also repoted four COVID-related deaths as “pending” within the district. This includes one in Boone County, one in Nance, one in Platte and one in Colfax County.
COVID-19 hospitalizations were rising both locally and across the state according to ECDHD, and “the dramatic increase in hospital resource utilization has the potential to overwhelm local and state medical and public health resources.”
Boone County’s COVID cases increased by 16 during the past week. As of Tuesday morning, Oct. 13, the county had 114 positive tests since the pandemic began in April, with 29 cases diagnosed in the past 14 days, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The county has had 85 recoveries, with no deaths officially listed.
Nebraska’s COVID case numbers increased by more than 4,500 during the week ending Tuesday, Oct. 13.