An update from the health department...
At 11:50 p.m. on July 30, 2021 Nebraska Executive Order No. 20-15 expired. This order allowed PHS (and all local health departments) to “disclose specific data to the public, in a good faith effort to prevent and lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of a person or the public arising from or related to COVID-19”. With this order in place, PHS was allowed to release county-level data on testing numbers, positive case counts, etc. The expiration of this Executive Order prevents PHS from releasing this data at a county-level for any county with a population of less than 20,000. Currently, Gage is the only county in the PHS district with a population of more than 20,000. This necessitates a change in what and how we report data to you, our constituents.
Above, you will find the 14 day case rate for Gage County, and for the PHS district. The district data includes all five counties of Fillmore, Jefferson, Gage, Saline, and Thayer. We are also posting the percent of fully vaccinated individuals (all ages), the 14-day positive case count and cumulative deaths for our district.
Throughout this pandemic, PHS has worked hard to be transparent and provide all data for which we had access. We regret this change in reporting, however we are required to follow strict state law in order to protect the identity and personal health information of all residents living within our district. We will not be able to release county-wide data for any county other than Gage, even if you call our office. We appreciate your patience as we make this change in our data reporting.
The CDC does provide county-level data at this time. Please know there is a bit of a lag in the local data getting to the CDC so it may not be just-in-time information, but it should be very close to accurate.
To access the CDC nationwide data and search for your county, please click here: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view
A copy of Executive Order No. 20-15 can be found here: http://govdocs.nebraska.gov/docs/pilot/pubs/eofiles/20-15.pdf
If you have questions on this change, please call our office at 402-826-3880.