Dakota County Enters Phase 3 Reopening With Low COVID-19 Infection Rates

July 6, 2020 - 2:23pm

Four counties are entering Phase 3 of reopening Monday, joining the rest of Nebraska with loosened COVID-19-related restrictions.

Hall, Hamilton, and Merrick Counties in central Nebraska, and Dakota County in northeast Nebraska, had the most severe outbreaks early on in the pandemic, but have since seen low infection rates.

Dakota County Health Department director Natasha Ritchison says new cases have been falling for weeks, but people still need to be careful.

"I am confident that we are capable of keeping these numbers low, and very, very hopeful that through education and practicing our social distancing and mask wearing and hand hygiene that we will move forward," Ritchison said.

There have been about 1,800 COVID-19 cases in the county and 37 residents have died. Most cases are connected to the Tyson beef plant in Dakota City.

The county has averaged only two or three cases per day for the past month.

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