Sept 29, 2021—Four Corners Health Department Update: COVID-19 Cases and Deaths, West Nile cases

Sept 29, 2021—Four Corners Health Department Update: COVID-19 Cases and Deaths, West Nile cases

COVID REPORT

As of September 29, the total cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in the Four Corners District is 6,485. There were 263 new cases in the previous 14 days, with 115 of those cases recorded in the past 7 days.

The health department reports 2 COVID-19 related deaths from mid-September, both from Seward County:

  • A man in his 60’s who had been hospitalized;
  • A woman in her 50’s who had been hospitalized.

Up to this point there have been 87 total COVID-19 related deaths in the Four Corners District.  Seward County has recorded 38 total, York County 19, Polk County 18 and Butler County 12.

Over the prior 7 days (Sept 23-29), the weekly total for each county are as follows:

  • Butler County—23
  • Polk County—17
  • Seward County—26
  • York County–49

For cases occurring Sept 23-29, the age breakdown was:

AGE                 #Cases              %
0-12                     8                     7
Teens                   6                     5
20s                     14                   12
30s                     23                   20
40s                     14                   12
50s                     20                   17
60s                       9                     8
70s                       7                     6
80s                     10                     9
90s                       4                     4
TOTAL               115                 100

Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Vaccines are now being offered at Four Corners vaccine clinics for those who were originally vaccinated with Pfizer vaccines, and:

  • Are at least 65 years of age, or
  • Have an underlying health condition that puts them at risk for serious illness.

You are eligible to receive a Pfizer booster vaccine if it has been at least 6 months since your last Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.  If you have any questions about if or when you could receive a booster, please call the health department at 402-362-2621.

Four Corners Health Department holds walk-in clinics every week.  Walk-in clinics offering Pfizer (ages 12+) and Johnson & Johnson (18+) vaccines are held every Tuesday, and on Thursdays, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines (for ages 18+) are offered. COVID-19 vaccine clinics are held at:

  • The Four Corners Health Department at 2101 N. Lincoln Ave in York
  • From 12-4PM
  • There is NO CHARGE for the vaccine.

For the District, clinic times and locations, and how to get a vaccine, are listed at https://fourcorners.ne.gov/programs-services-2/coronavirus-covid-19-information/covid-19-vaccine-information/.

WEST NILE VIRUS REPORT

West Nile Virus has also made an unwelcome appearance in the Four Corners District this September.  There have been 3 individuals reported with West Nile, all who have been seriously ill with the neuroinvasive form of the disease.  This means the virus was found in spinal fluid, resulting in meningitis and/or encephalitis, and causing symptoms involving the nervous system.  Two of the three individuals were hospitalized.  The three individuals each reside in three different counties in the district.

West Nile virus is spread through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.  In turn, the mosquito can pass the virus to humans.  We want everyone to remember the steps to protect ourselves from mosquito bites.

To fight the bite:

  • Use mosquito repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535;
  • Remove mosquito breeding sites, such as standing water in garbage cans, gutters, ditches, wading pools, tires, flowerpots, or similar water-holding containers.  Change water in bird baths on a regular basis.
  • Add larvicides (in the form of pellets or donuts to kill mosquito larvae) which can be purchased at most hardware, farm or gardening centers, to animal drinking troughs, water gardens, ornamental fountains, ditches and ponds.
  • Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes and socks.
  • Ensure that window and door screens are in good repair.

For any questions, please contact Four Corners at 402-362-2621 or visit the website at www.fourcorners.ne.gov.