The North Bend Eagle


COVID cases level off locally

by Nathan Arneal
Published 7/8/20

Last week Dodge County reported 14 new COVID-19 cases, with Saunders County reporting four.
In the 20-day span ending Sunday, Dodge County saw 55 new cases, or 2.75 per day. In the 20 days prior to that, there were 248 new cases in Dodge County, or 12.4 per day.

Dodge and Saunders counties also reported their second straight week without a COVID-19-related death after suffering nine deaths in the two weeks prior to that. That two-week span, from June 9 to June 23, accounts for 75 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in the two local counties since the pandemic began.

Hospitals in the Three Rivers Public Health Department area of Dodge, Saunders and Washington counties continue to have plenty of space available. As of Monday, 42% of hospital beds, 49% of intensive care beds and 81% of ventilators were open and available.

As of Monday, 88 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 in the three-county area.
Last week the Three Rivers area reported a positive test rate of 3.6%, the lowest rate recorded since the peak of 18.3% in late May.

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