Two more COVID deaths locally, but other numbers show some improvement

Two more COVID-related deaths have been reported in Douglas County, according to the latest update from the local health department.

Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health reported on Friday that a pair of women in the age range of 65 to 75 years old died of COVID-related causes. That brings the total number of COVID deaths in Douglas County during the pandemic to 94.

However, other COVID-related statistics showed some improvement days earlier. Among the numbers are:

• 39.36 new COVID cases are being recorded per day in Douglas County, based on a 14-day rolling average. That number is down from a recent high of about 42 cases per day. County health leaders have said they would start advocating for a countywide mask mandate and possibly other restrictions if the county is consistently adding more than 50 cases per day.

• On Friday, 32 new cases were reported. That was below the 14-day rolling average.

• Over the last 14 days, 2.2% of all PCR COVID tests administered in the county have come back positive for the virus.

• The county has 840 active cases. That is nearly unchanged from the 838 active cases the county reported on Sept. 10. County health leaders have said they will start advocating for a mask mandate and possibly other restrictions if the total number of active cases gets above 1,000.

• On Friday, 13 inpatients were being treated for COVID at LMH Health.


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