Farm Bureau - Melissa Wheeler

The North Bend Eagle


COVID-19, variants still here

Published 7/21/21

FREMONT ­— Three Rivers Public Health Department (3RPHD) has identified two new cases of the Delta variant (India) in Washington County. In addition, six new COVID-19 variants (U.K.), three in Dodge County, two in Saunders County and one in Washington County. To date, Dodge County has a total of 19 identified variants of concern, sixteen B.1.1.7 variants (U.K.) and three B.1.427/429 (California) variants. Saunders County has a total of 11 variants of concern consisting of nine variants (U.K.), one COVID-19 variant (Brazil), and one Delta variant (India). Washington County has a total of 23 variants of concern, 20 variants (U.K.), one COVID-19 variant (Brazil), and two Delta variants (India). This totals 53 lab-confirmed variants of concern within our health district.

“There is no better time to get vaccinated, than right now,” executive director of 3RPHD Terra Uhing said. “Variant cases continue to increase along with COVID-19 related hospitalizations across the state. The vaccines protect against variant strains. It is so important that we taking steps forward toward getting back to normal.”

Below is the walk-in clinic COVID-19 vaccination schedule:

• Dodge County; Tuesday 7:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Three Rivers Fremont location.
• Saunders County; 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, Three Rivers Lake Wanahoo Clinic 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
• Washington County; 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month First Lutheran Church in Blair 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

In addition, you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine through any of our healthcare partners, Methodist Fremont Health, Memorial Community Hospital and Health Center, Saunders Medical Center, Ashland Pharmacy, or Scribner Drugstore. Local supercenters such as Walmart, Hy-Vee, Bakers, and Walgreens all offer the vaccine as well, as does Medicine Man Pharmacy in North Bend.

As a reminder, if you are home-bound or require special accommodations and wish to receive a COVID-19 test or vaccine, please contact us at 402-704-2245.

Sadly, we are announcing five new deaths related to COVD-19. Three Dodge County women, all in their 90s and two Washington County women, one in her 90s and one in her 80s. This brings our health district to a total of 132 COVID-19 related deaths: 83 in Dodge County, 20 in Saunders County, and 29 in Washington County.

3RPHD Data Dashboard is updated each weekday and can be found at:

For questions or more information about COVID-19, please call Three Rivers at 402-727-5396, email or visit


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