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Central District Health Department hosts ‘Year in Review’ for local leaders

Published: Jul. 19, 2021 at 10:01 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Central District Health Department hosted their annual joint meeting with members of the Grand Island City Council, Hall County Board and several other local leaders on Monday.

They talk about their budget, a year in review and how they are currently standing. After more than a year of COVID-19 in the community, a large majority of the presentation was about the virus.

“We have made amazing progress against COVID and I thank each and every one of you in your leadership position,” CDHD Director Teresa Anderson said to the crowd. “We have a ways to go, but we believe we will win this battle.”

Winning that battle may be harder than expected, as cases are rising again in the central district and many are the delta variant.

“When the level of virus is high, that’s when the virus mutates,” Anderson said. “That’s when they develop new variants because they have fertile ground. What we really want to do is reduce that fertile ground to no ground at all.”

Governor Ricketts ending the state of emergency brought another struggle for the department and made it harder for their contact tracers.

“We are no longer able to quarantine anyone, but we can recommend quarantine,” Senior Community Health Nurse Jonna Mangeot said. “Now when we call people we don’t really have any authority or ground to stand on.”

The department asks that people continue to do what we know works. That’s being vaccinated if you’re able, or continuing to wear your mask if not.

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