Only one in 28 intensive care beds is currently available in the district and nearly 40% of them are occupied by patients with COVID-19. In addition, less than 25 percent of medical and surgical inpatient beds are currently available.
Staff shortages continue to hamper efforts to increase bed availability, both in the Two Rivers District and throughout Nebraska.
As of November 5, 47 percent of the total population of Two Rivers and nearly 59 percent of the adult population had been fully immunized, compared to nearly 57 percent of the state’s total population.
As of Nov. 16, Dawson County continued to have the highest percentage of its population fully vaccinated at 49.3 percent, Gosper County is at 45.4 percent.
Two Rivers strongly urges all unvaccinated residents who are eligible for the vaccine to be vaccinated against COVID through their health care provider, pharmacy or TRPHD. For the schedule of immunization clinics, see www.trphd.org.
For these reasons, the risk dial is slightly increased compared to last week in the “pandemic” zone. The increase in the dial reading reflects the weekly incidence of cases, declining critical care availability and higher hospitalization rates in the counties, according to Two Rivers.
According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, there are 461 active COVID-19 hospitalizations statewide. This is now higher than the last peak in hospitalizations, which occurred on September 20, when 448 people were hospitalized.