Area health departments predict another COVID-19 surge this fall

Area health departments are predicting another COVID-19 surge to happen this fall.
Published: Jul. 27, 2022 at 8:16 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - COVID-19 cases have been increasing over the past few weeks around central Nebraska.

Cases are on the rise in both the South Heartland and the Central District, and when looking at the bigger picture, health department directors are saying that if the trend continues, we’re in for yet another surge in cases this fall.

South Heartland District Health Department Executive Director Michele Bever said the cases this year are mimicking the trends we saw during the past two years.

“As we move through summer, the end of summer, and we have more travel during the summer — and then we have more folks inside in the fall that, it’s just a better opportunity for the virus to spread,” Bever noted.

In the last week, SHDHD reported the positivity rate, case numbers and COVID hospitalizations have all increased from previous weeks.

CDHD Health Director Teresa Anderson told Local4 News cases are also trending upwards in their district. She said she expected cases to surge after students head back to school this fall.

“What we’re seeing right now is that we have an increased number of cases, it’s just kind of stayed steady, we haven’t seen it drop off as we would hope,” Anderson said. “What we think will probably happen is that, it may just stay the way it is right now, may drop off a little bit, but as soon as school gets started — give that a couple of weeks — we’ll see increased numbers again.”

Both Anderson and Bever suggested, people who haven’t been vaccinated go get their doses. They also both recommended a booster shot for those who haven’t received one yet this calendar year.

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