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Douglas County News | National News | Statewide News | 07/28/21

COVID-19 on the rise in Two Rivers district; vaccinations up, too

Mary Jane Skala, Kearney Hub

KEARNEY — COVID-19 is on the rise in the area.

On Friday morning, the Two Rivers Public Health Department reported 35 new cases of COVID-19 in its seven counties for the week of July 16-21. That figure is 13 more cases than the 22 reported for July 9-16. Buffalo County accounted for 26 of those, or nearly 75%.

New cases included:

– Buffalo County – 26

– Kearney County – 4

– Dawson County – 2

– Phelps County – 2

– Gosper County – 1

No new cases were reported in Harlan or Franklin counties. The figures raise the total number of cases to 10,709 in Two Rivers since March 20, 2020.

COVID vaccinations rose 15.8% this week, with 624 doses given July 13-19 compared with 539 shots the week of July 6-12. This marks the first time in more than a month that more doses were given in one week than the week before. From May 31 to July 9, weekly vaccination rates across Two Rivers fell almost 50% compared with the previous six-week period (April 15-May 30.).

Erik Hamik, owner/pharmacist at U-Save Pharmacy at 3611 Second Ave., said more people came in to get vaccinated this week, compared with recent weeks.

“It really picked up in the last week,” he said. “They can just walk in, although it’s quicker if they call.”

The biggest age group showing an increase in vaccinations last week was ages 0-17, with a 27.7% increase in doses compared with the previous week. Two Rivers said 4.7% of people aged 0-17 in its seven-county region are now vaccinated, but that is a bit misleading since vaccines are not yet available for people younger than age 12.