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COVID-19 this week: Two more deaths in Buffalo County, rising cases statewide
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COVID-19 this week: Two more deaths in Buffalo County, rising cases statewide

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DAWSON COUNTY — Two more deaths due to COVID-19 were reported in Buffalo County this week as Nebraska ranks seventh nationally for new cases per capita.

Cases confirmed on Monday, Oct. 12

  • Buffalo County – 8
  • Dawson County – 7
  • Gosper County – 1
  • Harlan County – 1

Cases confirmed on Tuesday, Oct. 13

  • Buffalo County – 11
  • Phelps County – 10
  • Dawson County – 6
  • Franklin County – 4
  • Kearney County – 2
  • Harlan County – 1

Cases confirmed on Wednesday, Oct. 14

  • Buffalo County – 24
  • Kearney County – 17
  • Phelps County – 8
  • Dawson County – 7
  • Franklin County – 2
  • Harlan County – 2

Cases confirmed on Thursday, Oct. 15

  • Buffalo County – 22
  • Phelps County – 9
  • Dawson County – 2
  • Franklin County – 2
  • Gosper County – 1
  • Kearney County – 1
  • Harlan County – 1

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There were two more deaths in Buffalo County due to the virus, a female in her 60s and a man in his 70s.

The Omaha World-Herald reported on Thursday, Nebraska ranks seventh in the nation for new cases per capita, positivity rates of 12.95 percent is now eighth in the country and hospitalizations have increased 36 percent from the peak number reached in the spring.

Governor Pete Ricketts stated in a recent press conference on Wednesday he was not ready to make any changes to the directed health measures currently in place.

All of Nebraska is currently under phase four, which only places restrictions on indoor gatherings, limiting them to 75 percent of rated occupancy.

Ricketts said in a past press conference the next step after phase four is no directed health measures. The current measures are set to expire on Oct. 31, there has been no word on if they will be extended.

Two Rivers updated their risk dial on Thursday, the risk remains the same as last week, in the elevated section, near the cross over into the pandemic level.

Buffalo County continues to be a hotspot for the virus, with 232 active cases, there has been 490 reported in the last four weeks. There have been 1,452 total reported cases.

Dawson County has 35 active cases, 80 have been reported in the last month, and the total is now 1,157. To the south Gosper County has 13 active cases, with 23 reported in the last month, the total is now 52.

Kearney and Phelps County have also seen higher numbers of reported cases, with 36 and 53 active cases respectively. In just the past month there have been 145 cases in both these counties alone.

The Two Rivers reports 3,196 total cases in their region, 2,195 of which are no longer symptomatic. There have been 27 deaths.

Nebraska, as a state, now reports 55,428 total positive cases, 37,653 recoveries and 535 deaths.

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