For those of us that thought we are protected in our small town bubble from the current pandemic you can take heed or continue on a reckless path.

The pandemic which we thought would blow over us has hit and hit hard. The first case was listed in Holt County in early May. July 9th reported three cases in the county. On Sept. 10th the case load was reported to be 32 cases.

In less than a month we have gone from 32 to 133. Yes there is more testing going on but rightly so because in the last month we have seen numerous hospitalizations and transfers to other health care facilities of Covid-19 patients and at least one death. The virus is here and yes people are wearing masks but probably not enough of us are. It doesn't take but a second to hang a mask on your blinker on your car and throw it on when you go into pay for gas or buy groceries. It is your right not to wear a mask but it is your duty to look out for your fellow man with a compromised immune system or the elderly neighbor that has a weakened immune system.

As of Monday, Oct. 5 the North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) has been made aware of 62 additional cases across the district since last reporting on Friday: 22-Holt, 3-Cherry, 5-Antelope, 15-Knox, 12-Pierce, 1-Brown, 1-Rock, 3-Boyd.

Case count update as of 10/5/2020 at 5 p.m.: 859 Total Cases (TC), 345 Recoveries (R), and 16 Deaths (D). A reminder that Total Case (TC) numbers are represented first, and of those total cases the number of Recovered (R) persons is represented second, and total case related Deaths (D) is represented third.

Antelope: TC: 115, R: 34, D: 1

Keya Paha: TC: 2, R: 1

Boyd: TC: 34, R: 11

Knox: TC: 222, R: 105

Brown: TC: 60, R: 12, D: 2

Pierce: TC: 137, R: 75, D:8

Cherry: TC: 92, R: 44, D:4

Rock: TC: 64, R:30

Holt: TC: 133, R: 33, D: 1


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