County close to goal of 5% COVID-tested

    After Sunday’s TestNebraska session in Imperial, health professionals at the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) believe they are close to the Governor’s goal.
    As the pandemic threatened, Gov. Pete Ricketts informed public health departments he’d like to see 5% of each county’s population tested for COVID-19.
    That would equal 198 people in Chase County when using the 2010 U.S. Census count of 3,966.
    Kathie Skeen, SWNPHD’s Emergency Planning Coordinator, said Tuesday after Sunday’s TestNebraska screening of 39 people, Chase County should be near that 5% goal.
    TestNebraska also conducted a testing in Imperial June 11, which drew 30 people. Added to the testings done at clinics, hospitals and other sites, Skeen feels the 198 goal for Chase County should be close, if not there.
    National Guard personnel were in Imperial Sunday to conduct the 8 a.m. to 12 noon session at the EMS building, all in a drive-up format.
Two new cases in SWNPHD
    SWNPHD was notified last week of two additional persons in the district who have tested positive for COVID-19.
    One case was in Keith County and another in Furnas County. Both were males in their 20s, who are self-isolating at home.
    According to SWNPHD Director Myra Stoney, the Keith County male’s case was related to community spread, while the one in Furnas County was linked to travel.
    Stoney said neither of the recent positive cases are results from the TestNebraska events the past week.

 

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