As of Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, three hundred and ninety-seven (397) COVID-19 cases have been reported by Loup Basin Public Health Department (LBPHD).

This increase is the largest single week jump in LBPHD’s district.

Single digit (less than 10 cases) increases occurred within the district from May 22 through July 31. An average of 16 new cases a week were reported each week in August and 23 cases per week in September. The first two weeks of October have had surges of 48 and 75 cases.

Through contact tracing interviews, 52 percent of the cases in October have been unable to identify the source of their exposure. Many of those individuals have reported attending large gatherings such as weddings, church, birthday parties, sporting events, etc.

The breakdown by county, shown in the first image, shows the number of positive tests since the start of the pandemic, the number of those considered to be recovered and the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Early in the pandemic, the average age of cases in the district was in the 70s. Currently the average age of positive cases is 50.

A graphical representation of the age groups of positive cases in LBPHDs district can be seen in the second image.

Loup Basin Public Health Department serves nine counties including Blaine, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Howard, Loup, Sherman, Valley and Wheeler.

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