District COVID numbers drop, but Chase County up

    Christmas week brought additional good news across the health district in southwest Nebraska with lower COVID case numbers, mirroring a trend the past six weeks.
    Officials at Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) said 166 new cases were recorded the week of Dec. 22-28. That’s down again from 177 the week prior.
    However, cases in Chase County took a big upswing with 41 new positive cases the week of Dec. 22-28.
    The upswing comes after the previous two weeks had 11 new cases each week, and three weeks before that with 24 new cases each week in the reporting data.
    While Red Willow County’s 46 cases still topped the entire district the past week, Chase County was second highest.
    The breakdown of the other county numbers shows Dundy-4; Frontier-6; Furnas-8; Hayes-3; Hitchcock-17; Keith-29; and Perkins-12.  
    No new deaths were reported the past week.
    Since record-keeping started in the district, the recent numbers bring the total to 2,875 cases with 2,611 cases recovered.
    Even though Gov. Pete Ricketts has improved the state’s risk dial to blue, in the SWNPHD it remains at orange, said Myra Stoney, health director.
    She said healthcare systems in the district and across the state are burdened, but adequate, for the number of

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