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Dr. Huse: COVID cases doubling about every 10 days

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Posted at 9:12 AM, Aug 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-10 17:16:48-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - In an address to the Douglas County Board, health director Dr. Lindsay Huse says COVID-19 cases are currently doubling about every 10 days.

Within that, Huse says a doubling of cases among kids 12 to 14 have been linked to clusters and outbreaks at camps and school group activities that happened over the past few weeks.

Hospitalizations have also risen into the triple digits, including the first pediatric hospitalization the county has seen in a while.

County commissioner Maureen Boyle says the trends in Huse's report are leading to a crisis.

"This is becoming a crisis to our hospitals. We're back to getting where we were before, and I don't feel like there's a sense of urgency among the community to recognize that,” Boyle said. “I just want to stress that the hospitals are being overrun, there are diversions, we're sometimes closing the ER and having to divert to other places. So, you may not get to go to the hospital you want to or have the surgery you need."

Huse did note the demand for a vaccine went up in the past week.

Watch her remarks below or on the 3 News Now Facebook page.

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