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  • Two deaths reported in NNPHD

    The Northeast Nebraska Public Health District reported today (Friday, June 12) two more COVID-19 deaths within its four-county service area that includes Thurston, Cedar, Dixon and Wayne Counties.

    The NNPHD did not specify which of the four counties the residents who died live. They are both younger individuals, however, with one a child and the other in their 20s. Both had underlying health conditions.

    The NNPHD said that more information would be released, but not at this time.

  • Thurston County records third death

    The Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department reported Thurston County's third COVID-19 death today (Monday, June 8).

    The total number of cases in the county has climbed to 124 total. The latest death was identified as a male in his 60s with underlying health conditions. The county's second death was announced on June 4 and was a male in his 50s, also with underlying health conditions. 

     “Our sympathies are extended to all who have lost loved ones to this virus.” said Julie Rother, NNPHD Health Director. 

    Look for more information in this week's Pender Times.

  • Thurston County's first COVID-19 death announced

    The Winnebago Tribe and the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department have confirmed the first known death from COVID-19 in Thurston County.

    The current announced total of cases within the county stands at 35, according to NNPHD’s latest figures. The vast majority at this point in time appear to be members of the county’s two Native American tribes.

    The Winnebago Tribe has publicly offered condolences to the family and friends of its member who died. At this point in time, no further information about the individual has been released.

  • The total number of known COVID-19 cases in Thurston County spiked by six more today to bring the current total to 28.

    The Northeast Nebraska Public Health District announced new cases today (May 14) and there were new positives in each of its four counties. The current totals are Cedar (6), Dixon (25), Thurston (28) and Wayne (5).

  • The Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department updated its COVID-19 case totals tonight (May 13) and there are now 22 known positives within Thurston County.

    In all, eight positive cases were added to the district’s total to bring it to to 56. In addition to Thurston County’s total, the other counties in the area are Cedar (6), Dixon (24) and Wayne (4).

  • Thurston County now has 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19 after new positive cases were announced today by the Northeast Nebraska health department. 

    So far, there have been 393 tests conducted with 298 negatives. The breakdown by county in the NNPHD is Thurston (16), Cedar (6), Dixon (22) and Wayne (3).

    The latest positive tests include a male and female in their teens and 20s.

  • The Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department announced 10 new cases in its four-county service area today (Friday, May 8), including four new cases in Thurston County bringing the total number here to 13.

    There are now 13 in Thurston County, five in Cedar, 21 in Dixon and two in Wayne County).

    Of the 10 new cases, two are in their 20s, three in their 30s, two in their 40s and one each in their 50s, 70s and 80s.

  • Thurston County adds new COVID-19 cases, standing at 9 total

    The Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department announced five new cases today (Thursday, May 7), including three new ones in Thurston County to bring the total here to nine.

    So far, there have been 338 tests reported for people living in the health district that comprises Thurston, Cedar, Dixon and Wayne Counties. There are 39 positive tests total with the following breakdown: Cedar 5, Dixon 15, Thurston 9 and Wayne 2). There are 39 tests currently pending results.

  • The Dakota County Health Department reported two more deaths related to the COVID-19 virus Thursday afternoon.
    In its latest update, 32 new cases were reported in Dakota County, bringing the total to 1,046.
    Two people in the county died as a result of the virus. Information on the deaths were not available.
  • Tyson Fresh Meats to re-open Dakota City plant Thursday
    After shutting down operations for four days to deep-clean the facility, officials at Tyson Fresh Meats re-opened their facility in Dakota City Thursday morning in hopes of resuming limited operations of their beef plant there.
    The plant closed down late last week to allow for deep cleaning and sanitization of the entire facility. Officials at the plant said that all team members who have returned to work have been tested, and any employees who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus will remain on sick leave until they’ve satisfied official health requirements for a return to work.
  • Dakota County surpasses 1,000 mark in COVID-19 cases
    In just over three weeks, Dakota County has gone from zero COVID-19 cases to over 1,000.
    The Dakota County Health Department reported 25 new positive tests for the virus on Monday, bringing the county’s total to 1,005 cases. Only Hall County (1,170) has more positive tests in the state, according to numbers from the Central District Health Department in Grand Island.
    No additional deaths have been reported. Dakota County’s second death was reported over the weekend, a woman in her 60’s who was an employee at Tyson Fresh Meats in Dakota City.
    More than 660 tests were attributed to the Dakota City food-processing plant, according to a story last week in the Sioux City Journal. Company officials have refused to release numbers as to how many employees have been tested and how many have tested positive.
  • Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department (NNPHD) is reporting two new positive cases of confirmed COVID-19 within the health district today (Saturday, May 2), including one in Thurston County that brings the total here of known cases to six. Today’s patients are residents of Dixon County and Thurston County.  One patient is a male in his 70’s and the other is a female in her 20’s.  The public health investigations have been completed to find close contacts to ensure quarantine and isolation measures are being taken. The sources of the infections have been identified. 
    As of Saturday evening, there have been 265 COVID-19 tests reported for people living in the NNPHD Health District of Cedar, Dixon, Thurston and Wayne Counties.  The results of these tests include 24 positive cases (Cedar - 4, Dixon - 12, Thurston - 6, and Wayne County - 2), 211 negatives, and 30 tests currently pending results.  
  • Dakota County reported its second death due to the COVID-19 virus Saturday.
    The Dakota County Health Department’s latest news release Saturday indicated 30 new cases of the virus, bringing the county’s total to 972, the second highest among Nebraska’s 93 counties.
    Details of the gender and age of the deceased were not available.
  • Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department (NNPHD) is reporting two new positive cases of confirmed COVID-19 within the health district today (Friday, May 1). The patients are residents of Dixon County and Thurston County. One patient is a male in his 30’s and the other is a female in her 30s. The public health investigations have begun to find close contacts and ensure quarantine and isolation measures are being taken. The sources of the infections have been identified.

    As of Friday evening, 05.01.2020, there have been 263 COVID-19 tests reported for people living in the NNPHD Health District of Cedar, Dixon, Thurston and Wayne Counties. The results of these tests include 22 positive cases (Cedar - 4, Dixon - 11, Thurston - 5, and Wayne County - 2), 208 negatives, and 33 tests currently pending results.

  • Tyson officials still mum on numbers despite Journal report
    Officials at Tyson Fresh Meats’ plant in Dakota City remain firm in their refusal to release the number of employees who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, in spite of a report Friday by the Sioux City Journal that notes 669 workers have tested positive for the virus since testing started less than a month ago.
    The meat-processing plant closed temporarily on Wednesday and will remain so until deep cleaning of the plant is finished on Monday, when most of its 4,300-worker team is expected to return to duties.
  • The Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department announced five new positive cases today (Wednesday, April 29) in its four-county service area, including one new case in Thurston County to bring its total to four so far.

    The new cases within the NNPHD include four males in ages ranging from 20 to 64 and one female in her 50s.

  • Beginning Friday, Tyson Fresh Meats will pause production at its plant in Dakota City, according to a news release from the company Wednesday.
    The pause will run from May 1-4, giving officials a chance to do a “deep cleaning” of the entire plant. They are working with Dakota County Health Department officials and will be screening plant employees for COVID-19 this week with help from the Nebraska National Guard.
    Employees will continue to be compensated during the four-day shutdown.
  • The Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department has announced several new cases within its district tonight.

    That includes a new case in Thurston County, bringing the total here to three. Cedar County also had its first positive cases with two total.

  • The Dakota County Health Department has reported its first death in relation to the COVID-19 virus Saturday afternoon.
    The fatality is in age range of 60 years old and over. No other details were available regarding the death.
    The death brings the state’s total to 50.
    A total of 167 new cases were reported Friday by the DCHD, bringing Dakota County’s total to 462 cases. At last check, 20,112 tests have been done statewide with 2,421 positive cases reported.
  • Thurston County has confirmed its second known case of COVID-19.

    The Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department announced today (Thursday, April 23) that a male in his 20s has tested positive. This is the fourth case with the NNPHD region that comprises Cedar, Dixon, Thurston and Wayne Counties.

Thursday, October 29, 2020
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