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South Heartland reports four new COVID deaths, drop in cases

Four deaths reported, positivity rate down
Some good to report from health department
Some good to report from health department(KOLNKGIN)
Published: Dec. 22, 2020 at 10:06 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Four additional deaths from the four-county region served by South Heartland District Health Department have been reported. The new deaths include a two women from Clay County and one man and one woman from Adams County. All COVID-19 related death victims were in their 90′s.

There have now been a total of 46 deaths in the South Heartland area.

The latest report also says there were 63 lab confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the district from Friday through Monday. Forty of the new cases were in Adams County, 15 in Clay County and four each in Nuckolls and Webster counties.

The district also reported a drop in the positivity rate for those tested the week of December 19. That rate was 9.3-percent, down from 14.8-percent the previous week. It was also the first week below the ten percent mark since October 3.

“We are glad to see the downward trend in new daily cases continuing,” said District Executive Director Michele Bever. “However, we need to remain extra vigilant with COVID prevention over the next several weeks, especially with school break, December sports tournaments, holiday gatherings and other higher risk opportunities for coronavirus spread,” she said.

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