News Release WCDHD
NORTH PLATTE, Neb.-The COVID-19 Community Risk Dial provides a summary of current COVID-19 conditions in the West Central District. Each level of risk: low (green), moderate (yellow), elevated (orange), and high (red) are determined by federal and national guidance published by top public health experts and is coupled with specific guidance for actions to take at home, at work, and in the community.
The following data is used when determining dial placement:
• Weekly Positivity Rate
• Overall Positivity Rate
• New Cases
• ICU Availability
• Ventilator Availability
• Community Spread
• Testing Availability
• Contact Tracing
• Direct contacts of positives
• Cases per million per day
• Medical & Surgical Bed Availability
• Availability of Reliable and Valid Antibody Testing
• Availability of effective treatment modalities for COVID-19
• An effective vaccine that is widely available
• Being able to easily obtain PPE through standard supply chains
The risk dial will be updated every Thursday after we have presented the information to the Public Health Command Center. We will be posting dial updates to our website, Facebook page, as well as our dashboard.
“We want to remind the community about the necessity of practicing social distancing and wearing face coverings when in public, especially when attending events within the community. These measures are vital to our community to keep us healthy and safe”, said Shannon Vanderheiden, Executive Director of WCDHD.