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Rivers Public Health Department

By year’s end, roughly half of the 90,000 population in the seven-county Two Rivers region, and 60% of those over age 18, were fully vaccinated as the new omicron variant of COVID-19 was spreading rapidly across the nation and had been confirmed here.

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Local health professionals were worried that a surge of COVID cases could be a tipping point. That news worried Edwards enough that he asked what KPS could do to reduce the health risks. He asked area doctors and health leaders in an Aug. 24 email “to inform KPS in how we may assist or facilitate addressing our community’s current medical and health situation.”

Since Oct. 15, the University of Nebraska at Kearney has not had an indoor mask mandate for students, employees and visitors on the campus. Th…

Two Rivers said 356 cases of COVID-19 were recorded in its seven counties Oct. 20-26. In the past month, 1,272 new cases have been detected in the region, including 80 at long-term care and other residential facilities.

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