Four Corners COVID-19 Update 12/29/2021

Title: Covid Updates

Four Corners values the partnerships we have throughout each community. Before we close this year to begin another, an update is needed. We are sharing news about the Omicron COVID variant and new information from the CDC. We are also including numbers from the past year and some data about our current situation.

 Omicron

As of December 20, 2021, Omicron has been detected in most states and territories and is rapidly increasing the number of COVID-19 cases. As of Wednesday, December 29, 2021, Four Corners has not received any reports of the Omicron variant in the District. The CDC expects that anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others and expects this variant to cause a surge of COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks.

 Testing & Vaccines

Since November 1st, when Four Corners began offering COVID tests, 199 tests have been done by the Department. The type of test at Four Corners tests for Influenza A & B, and COVID-19.

Four Corners began giving vaccines on December 23, 2020. There were 21 vaccines given in 2020. In 2021, 5,968 total vaccines were given by Four Corners. A total of 45,804 COVID vaccines have been given in the Four Corners Health Department district in 2021.

 Current Situation

The past 7 days (December 22 to December 28) have seen 158 new positive (lab-tested) COVID-19 cases in the Four Corners District.  The 7-day case total for each county is as follows:

  • Butler County— 39 (7 day case rate/100,000 population = 484)
  • Polk County— 13 (7 day case rate/100,000 population = 246)
  • Seward County— 54 (7 day case rate/100,000 population = 312)
  • York County— 52 (7 day case rate/100,000 population = 378)

An additional death from November has been determined to be COVID-19 related. This was a man in his 70’s from Seward County. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 95 for the Four Corners District.  Seward County has had 41 total COVID-19 related deaths, Polk County 22, York County is at 19, and Butler at 13.

New Guidance

Monday, December 27, the CDC changed their quarantine and isolation recommendations for the general population.

  • When a COVID test is positive, isolate for 5 days. After 5 days, if there are no symptoms or symptoms are resolving, home isolation can be ended. A mask is to be worn for 5 more days.

For those who have been exposed to someone with COVID, quarantine may look different.

  • If exposed and vaccinated with a booster or are fully vaccinated/not yet eligible for a booster, quarantine is not needed. A mask should be worn around others for 10 days. If possible, a COVID-19 test should be taken on day 5.
  • If exposed and unvaccinated or have not had a booster but are eligible, home quarantine for 5 days. If possible, test on day 5. Then continue to wear a mask around others days 6-10.
  • If exposed and have symptoms, stay home and get tested.

Go to this CDC site to learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html

Vaccines and boosters are still highly encouraged and are shown to be effective against infection. COVID-19 vaccination decreases the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. CDC strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 5 and older and boosters for everyone 16 and older. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our communities.

COVID vaccine clinics are held weekly Four Corners on 2101 N. Lincoln Avenue in York on Tuesday and Friday from 12PM to 4PM. These clinics are held at Four Corners on 2101 N. Lincoln Avenue in York. All three vaccines and boosters (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) are offered at each clinic, including Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 and over. There is no charge for the vaccine.  Registration at www.fourcorners.ne.gov  is appreciated. No vaccine clinic will be held on December 31st. Remember to bring your vaccine card.

Go to this Four Corners link for more vaccine options:   https://fourcorners.ne.gov/programs-services-2/coronavirus-covid-19-information/covid-19-vaccine-information/

Testing is available weekly at Four Corners on Monday and Thursday from 11AM to 1PM. Registration is not required but appreciated. No testing will be done on December 30. Go to this link to register and for more information: https://fourcorners.ne.gov/programs-services-2/coronavirus-covid-19-information/

Four Corners will be holding zoom briefings for each county that anyone can attend Thursday, December 30 at these times: York at 8:30, Polk at 10:00, Seward at 1:00, and Butler at 2:30. To attend go to this link: https://fourcorners.ne.gov/events/month/

For questions or to learn more, call Four Corners at 402-362-2621 or 877-337-3573 or email us at info@fourcorners.ne.gov