Boone County COVID risk moved to ‘high’ by ECDHD

Even though COVID vaccinations are well underway, Boone County is still being rated in the orange or “high” category for COVID risk, according to East Central District Health Department (ECDHD).
In its most recent situation brief, dated March 5, ECDHD lists Boone County with 11 new cases in the past seven days, a seven day average incidence of 30.3 cases per 100,000 population, an overall percent positive of 20.2 percent.
Boone is the only ECDHD county in the high category. All others are in the blue or “elevated” category. Nance County had only one new COVID case in the past seven days.
The COVID dashboard managed by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services listed Boone County on Monday with 515 total cases and 18 new positive tests in the past 14 days.
All area residents are urged to continue wearing masks, maintain social distancing and avoid crowded places, close contact, and confined spaces.
Vaccination Plan / Registrations
ECDHD, along with hospital and pharmacy partners, continue to prioritize Phase 1B vaccinations for persons age 65 and older, with special emphasis on those age 85 and older. They have also started vaccinating priority groups, starting with educators.
Vaccine availability varies from day to day. The state is now receiving the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine, in addition to Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
All residents, regardless of age are urged to register online at, or call 833-998-2275 or 531-249-1873 for registration assistance.