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COVID-19 Risk Dial

What is Happening Now?

This COVID-19 Risk Dial provides a summary of current conditions in the South Heartland District. The Risk Dial is just one tool that can help residents know the general risk of COVID-19 spread in the health district (Adams, Clay, Nuckolls and Webster counties).

The Risk Dial Guidance provides action information for each risk level (color), incorporating federal and national guidance published by top public health experts. There is specific guidance for the general public and for at-risk and vulnerable populations in various settings, including at home, or outside the home (at work, in social settings, or in public). This is only guidance and does not replace federal, state, or local directed health measures. At-risk and vulnerable populations should take stringent precautions. Click on the links below to view the Risk Dial Guidance.

September 23, 2020 Risk Dial Update: 

The risk dial summary score is 2.1, in the elevated risk (orange).  Residents and visitors are encouraged to review the level-specific recommendations that go along with the yellow and the orange risk levels.

  • Weekly positivity (percent positive tests) was 10.1% for the week ending September 19, (6.8% previous week)
  • Rolling three-week positivity average increased to 8.7% (up from from 8.0% previous week)
  • Lab turnaround time improved with 70% of test results returned within 2 days; average lab turnaround time = 3.9 days
  • More cases reported compared to the previous week (net increase of 61%); 3-week average net increase in cases of 37%
  • 14-day average new daily cases: 10.3 per 100,000 (8.6 per 100,000 previous week)
  • SHDHD area hospitals averaging 45% intensive care unit (ICU) bed availability
  • Six (6) patients hospitalized due to COVID-19, including one in critical care. No ventilators in use.
  • Able to complete contact tracing within 24 hours for only 56% of last week's positive cases
  • New positive tests and exposures in individuals associated with schools and colleges
  • Improved testing availability with free testing in Hastings every day: Mary Lanning on weekdays, Hastings Convenient Care on weekends
  • Understanding the Data in the Risk Dial - Coming SOON!

General Community Guidance and Recommendations

  • At Home

    Physical Distancing AT HOME

     * No distancing for people without symptoms, unless they are under quarantine as a result of being exposed to someone who is infected

     * Self-isolation of symptomatic persons

     * Outdoor activities with distancing are acceptable.

    Face Coverings AT HOME

     * No face coverings for people without symptoms, unless they are under quarantine as a result of being exposed to someone who is infected

     * Face coverings for symptomatic people

     Hand Washing AT HOME

     * Frequently wash hands for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching high contact surfaces, sneezing/coughing/touching face, or before eating

    Illness Monitoring AT HOME

     * Monitor for COVID-like symptoms

    Disinfecting AT HOME

     * Enhanced disinfection, especially for high contact surfaces (door/other handles, light switches, bathroom fixtures)

  • Outside the Home

    Physical Distancing OUTSIDE THE HOME
     * Consider staying at home most of the time, with caution for non-essential travel and work 
     * Distance at least 6 feet from anyone outside the home
     * Work from home if possible
     * Individual outdoor activities such as walking, biking, etc. are acceptable
     * Cautious expansion of interactions with others, outdoor activities preferred
     * Gatherings only with modifications for COVID-19
     * Events only as guided by SHDHD
    Face Coverings OUTSIDE THE HOME
     * Face coverings recommended when unable to distance
     * Face coverings for symptomatic people
    Hand Washing OUTSIDE THE HOME
     * Frequently wash hands for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching high contact surfaces, sneezing/coughing/touching face, or before eating
     * Use hand sanitizer when handwashing is inaccessible or infeasible
    Illness Monitoring OUTSIDE THE HOME
     * If ill with Flu-like or COVID-like symptoms, stay at home
     * Minimize contact with symptomatic people
     * Daily temperature checks at work
    Disinfecting OUTSIDE THE HOME
     * Avoid bare hand contact with any high touch surface
     * Use barrier such as paper towel or clothing when bare hand contact is unavoidable
     * Wash hands or apply sanitizer after touching high contact surfaces
     * Enhanced disinfection, especially for high contact surfaces (door/other handles, light switches, bathroom fixtures)

  • At-Risk and Vulnerable Populations

    For adults over age 65, anyone with underlying health conditions, and other populations at heightened risk from COVID-19:
     * Stay home as much as possible
     * Rely on help for needs outside the home (groceries, medications, etc.)
     * Distance from those working outside of the home