Covid-19

Phases for COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

     Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) is following the rollout plan for COVID vaccinations as directed by Nebraska’s governor and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).      The rollout plan is divided into phases, and the first phase has 3 sections called 1A, 1B, and 1C. Within each of the phases, the categories are…

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Protect Our Hospitals By Governor Pete Ricketts November 11, 2020

Sometimes the only way out is through. That’s certainly true of the coronavirus pandemic. We can’t stop this virus, but we can slow its spread. Right now, there’s an urgent need for all of us to take personal responsibility for slowing the spread by using the tools we have to protect our healthcare system. The…

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COIVD-19 Cases Continue to Climb in Southwest Nebraska

     Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) had a total of 947 cases of COVID-19, 681 of which occurred in the past 30 days reported November 2nd.  A breakout by county includes:  Chase – 165 Dundy – 36; Frontier – 46; Furnas – 99; Hayes – 22; Hitchcock – 60; Keith – 135; Perkins – 78;…

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Public Urged: Step Up to Control COVID Spread

     With the alarming increase of COVID cases in McCook and the surrounding area, Community Hospital, Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department, and the City of McCook, urges the public to step up personal precautions of mask wearing, social distancing and diligent hand washing.      “Red Willow has had 64 positive COVID cases in the past 14 days…

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Cluster at Cheyenne County Village identified in Cheyenne County, Kansas

Cheyenne County, Kansas–Cheyenne County Hospital/County Health Department is announcing a cluster of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cheyenne County, Kansas. The cluster involves 43 confirmed residents and employees of the Cheyenne County Village. We anticipate KDHE reporting Cheyenne County Hospital as an outbreak with 3 confirmed employees and further testing being conducted. Though there have been…

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2020 Dundy County Fair Underway, but No Carnival or Parade

Dundy County 4Hers kicked of the 2020 Dundy County Fair with shooting sports on Sat- urday, the fashion show on Sunday, and the companion animal shows on Monday. This year’s fair is going to look a lot different as the COVID-19 pandemic health cri- sis has impacted every fair event in some way and forced…

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DCS Outlines Plans to Start New School Year

If the new school year started this week, the Dundy County Stratton School District would start the 2020-2021 school year with students in the classroom. School district admin- istrators, teachers, and board of education has been working- with public health officials on an school operations plan for the new school year. DCS sent a letter…

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Most Events are a GO at the Dundy County Fair

     The Dundy County Ag Society and the Benkelman Lion’s Club conducted a separate meetings at the Dundy County Fairgrounds last Friday night. The top topic for discussion was the 2020 Dundy County Fair and what events would take place. Here’s the rundown of what was decided. The NSRA Rodeo, Enduro, and Stock Car races are on…

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Hitchcock County fair Will happen, at least 4h events

Hitchcock County Extension Educators are excited to announce that yes there will be a county fair this year.  There will be a few changes due to health directives. Kimberly Cook, the 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator for Dundy, Hitchcock, and Hayes Counties, says the 4H animal shows, activities, and exhibit halls are expected to be…

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