ICU bed availability a factor in keeping risk dial in the red

KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) – Two Rivers Public Health updated their weekly risk scale on Thursday, December 9, 2021.

  • 345 cases of COVID-19 were recorded in TRPHD between December 1st and December 7th. About 11% of all tests registered in the district are positive. Case numbers have increased in Phelps County in particular, with Holdrege hitting the highest weekly average of cases recorded in the city since November 2020.
  • On Wednesday morning, there were no ICU beds available in TRPHD. COVID-19 patients account for over 30% of all medical beds currently occupied. Across Nebraska, 13% of adult ICU beds and 21% of hospital beds were available as of December 8, 2021.
  • ICU bed availability in Nebraska and TRPHD is at its lowest since the pandemic began in March 2020; adult med / surgical beds are at their lowest level since November 2020.
  • A public COVID test site is now open in Kearney City on the Buffalo County Fairgrounds. The test results are available on the same day and are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Those who want a COVID test must register at for planning.
  • By December 8, 2021, over half of the total population of TRPHD had received at least one dose, and 48% had received the minimum recommended doses (1 or 2 as indicated), compared to over 63% of the total state population. TRPHD urges all residents who have not been vaccinated to be vaccinated to get the COVID vaccination through their healthcare provider, pharmacy or TRPHD. The schedule of the vaccination clinics can be found at

For these reasons, last week’s risk scale has been raised to the “heavy” (red) area. The scale value reflects the drastically reduced availability of the intensive care unit, higher hospitalization rates and persistently high test positive rates for TPHD.

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