Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department (ELVPHD) has received notification that two individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 have tested positive with the California variant B.1.429; both of these individuals live in the same household. We have occasional cases of reinfections of COVID-19, as well. Before a case is deemed a reinfection, a specimen is sent to the Nebraska Public Health Lab for confirmation. These people tested positive for COVID-19 at three months prior to another positive test for the virus.
During the most recent 2-week period, ELVPHD has averaged 46 cases per week compared with 41 cases per week during the prior 2-week period.
ELVPHD continues to vaccinate those aged 18+ in the health district with weekly public vaccination events. We encourage individuals who live or work in our district (Burt, Cuming Madison and Stanton counties) to check the COVID-19 vaccine appointment page on our website (www.elvphd.org) for available appointments or call us at 402-529-2233 for those who are unable to make an appointment online.
ELVPHD receives both Moderna and Pfizer vaccine. When providing Pfizer vaccine, those who are aged 16+ can receive the vaccine, and when providing Moderna vaccine, the allowable ages are 18+. To date, ELVPHD has provided over 16,500 COVID-19 vaccines. In addition to the vaccines provided by the health department, many clinics and pharmacies are also providing COVID-19 vaccines in the district.
We urge residents and visitors to our health district to continue to follow public health recommendations, to stay home when you are ill, wear a mask when in public places, avoid crowded spaces, and get your COVID-19 vaccine.