Two Rivers Public Health Department reported 398 new cases of COVID from Dec. 29-Jan, 4, more than twice as many as the 186 cases Dec. 22-28. Cases have seesawed all month, with 315 new cases Dec. 8-14 but just 224 cases Dec. 15-21.
More than 420 new cases of COVID were reported in the Two Rivers region Oct. 27-Nov, 3, and the weekly risk dial has sat in the red pandemic level for seven consecutive weeks.
Susan Puckett, community health nurse at Two Rivers, called the new variants “worrisome” at Friday’s weekly public Two Rivers press conference. Two Rivers includes Buffalo, Dawson, Franklin, Gosper, Harlan, Kearney and Phelps counties.
By early November, pediatric COVID vaccines for ages 5-12 are expected to be available through the Two Rivers Public Health Department.