Jun 22, 2021 12:30 PM

Dr. Donahue: 'We have a solution for COVID; we just need to use it'

Posted Jun 22, 2021 12:30 PM

By PPHD

"The overall bottom line is – vaccine is working – keeping people out of the hospital, reducing transmission throughout our state; and it's doing it despite the presence of each of the primary variants detected in Nebraska." Stated Dr. Matthew Donahue, MD, Acting State Epidemiologist, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.  Dr. Donahue joined to discuss the implications for the variants circulating specific to the Panhandle and the role of vaccination. 

Dr. Matthew Donahue
Dr. Matthew Donahue

"It's all of our responsibility to talk to our loved ones and friends about vaccination.  Vaccination is why fewer people are dying, why fewer people are hospitalized, and it's how we are getting back to normal." Dr. Donahue urged all of us to talk about why we chose to be vaccinated. "Choosing vaccination is making our homes, workplaces, and get-togethers safer. We have a solution; we just need to use it."

There are 31 cases of the Delta B1617 variant identified in Nebraska; eight are in the Panhandle.  If you have questions about the COVID vaccine, please reach out to your medical provider. 

COVID Vaccine is available across the Panhandle; anyone 12 and older can get vaccinated! There is no charge for the vaccine.

  1. Box Butte/Grant: https://tinyurl.com/25mwaapu | safeway.com
  2. Walk-ins welcome
  3. Dave's Pharmacy: Hemingford & Alliance, Monday-Friday, 8 AM - 5:30 PM
  4. Alliance Community Pharmacy, Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM - 6 PM
  5. Cheyenne/Deuel: https://tinyurl.com/5b5uac8p | walmart.com | safeway.com
  6. Dawes/Sioux: https://tinyurl.com/x5d5nnbn | walmart.com | safeway.com
  7. Walk-ins welcome
  8. Western Community Health Resources, Monday-Friday, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  9. Garden: To schedule an appointment visit vaccinate.ne.gov and a provider will call you
  10. Walk-ins welcome
  11. Regional West Garden County Clinic Front Desk, Monday-Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM
  12. Kimball: https://tinyurl.com/d2u8txrs
  13. Walk-ins welcome
  14. Kimball Health Services, Monday-Friday, 8 AM - 4:30 PM
  15. Morrill: https://tinyurl.com/sb8mvumm
  16. Walk-ins welcome
  17. Morrill County Hospital Clinic, Wednesdays, 8 AM - 4 PM
  18. Sheridan: https://tinyurl.com/cvrmkv38
  19. Walk-ins welcome
  20. Gordon Rural Health Clinic, Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM- 9:30 AM
  21. Scotts Bluff/Banner: https://tinyurl.com/w6b84fkf | walmart.com | safeway.com | walgreens.com
  22. Walk-ins welcome
  23. Gering CAPWN Health Center, Monday-Friday, 9 AM-12 PM & 1 PM-4 PM
  24. Scottsbluff County Immunization Clinic, Monday-Friday, 9:40 AM-12:30 PM & 1:30 PM-5:30 PM

People who are fully COVID vaccinated will not be required to quarantine due to close contact. If you have lost your COVID vaccine card, go to https://tinyurl.com/2zh7uhhu.

We are reporting the death of one Dawes County Female in her 80s. "We share peace and comfort with her friends and loved ones," said Engel.

Unified Command confirms 11 more cases of COVID in the Panhandle since last reporting on Monday, June 14. The investigations are underway; all close contacts will be quarantined.