Covid-19: Local active cases remain steady

School has been in session locally for just over a month and while most people were hopeful that COVID-19 was in the past, the novel coronavirus is still prevalent locally. Active cases have remained steady for the past month, therefore COVID-19 quarantines and isolations are still occurring among students and residents. 

Nemaha County’s new health officer Nikki Keim said Nemaha County is still following the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s guidelines for COVID-19.

“We are following KDHE’s quarantine and isolation guidelines,” Keim said.

These guidelines can be found at www.kdheks.gov.

Case Statistics

Nemaha County

On Tuesday, Sept. 21, Keim released updated COVID-19 case numbers for Nemaha County. She reported 35 active cases, as well as two patients who are currently hospitalized. According to KDHE, Nemaha County has had 1,796 positive cases, since the onset of COVID-19 in March 2020. 

Variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus also have been present in Nemaha County. According to KDHE, Nemaha County has had 41 variants detected. Thirty-three of those are the delta variant, while eight are the alpha variant. Only 44 specimens have been sequenced in Nemaha County.

Brown County

On Friday, Sept. 17, the Northeast Kansas Multi County Health Department released – via their Facebook page – updated COVID-19 case numbers for Brown County. They reported 15 active cases, as well as two patients who are currently hospitalized. Since the onset of COVID-19 in March 2020, Brown County has had 1,365 positive cases and 32 deaths.

Variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus also have been present in Brown County. According to KDHE, Brown County has had 21 variants detected. Nineteen of those are the delta variant, while two are the alpha variant. Only 37 specimens have been sequenced in Brown County.

Statewide

According to KDHE, as of Monday, Sept. 20, there have been a total of 399,369 positive cases statewide, as well as 5,916 COVID-19 related deaths, since the onset of the COVID-19 virus in March 2020.

Nationwide

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as of Monday, Sept. 20, there have been a total of 42,031,103 positive cases nationally, as well as 672,738 COVID-19 related deaths, since the onset of the COVID-19 virus in March 2020.

Vaccination Statistics

Nemaha County

According to KDHE on Monday, Sept. 20, Nemaha County has a vaccination rate of 567 people per 1,000, ages 12 and over who have been fully vaccinated.

Brown County

According to KDHE on Monday, Sept. 20, Brown County has a vaccination rate of 401.2 people per 1,000, ages 12 and over who have been fully vaccinated.

Statewide

According to KDHE, as of Monday, Sept. 20, 1,275,934 people have received two doses of one of the COVID-19 vaccinations, while 1,567,860 have received one dose. KDHE is also reporting that 45.8 percent of Kansans have completed the COVID-19 vaccine series.

National

According the CDC, as of Monday, Sept. 20, there are 181,728,072 who are fully vaccinated or 54.7 percent of the total U.S. population. The CDC is also reporting that 64 percent of the U.S. population ages 12 and older are fully vaccinated. As for ages 18 and older, the CDC reports that 65.9 percent of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated. As for the U.S. population for those ages 65 and older, 82.9 percent is fully vaccinated.

More more information regarding COVID-19 visit kdheks.gov and cdc.gov. Nemaha County Health Officer Nikki Keim can be reached at heath.officer@nmcoks.us or by calling 785-334-0100.

Heather Stewart219 Posts

Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.

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