Twelve COVID-19 patients were hospitalized at Great Plains Health hospital in North Platte as of Monday, Oct. 25, which is in line with the average daily number of virus patients during the previous week.

Over the previous seven days, the average per day was 11.6 virus patients at the hospital.  

Of the 12 who were hospitalized on Monday, 10 were not vaccinated. Three patients were on a ventilator, GPH spokeswoman Megan McGown said in a social media post.

McGown said the average age of COVID-19 patients at the hospital is 64 years old.

The hospital also reported the recovery of a 25-year-old man after 18 days on a ventilator. David Ovalle was discharged on Monday, Oct. 18. Staff lined the hallways and clapped as David was wheeled out. He briefly took off his mask so he could thank employees with a broad smile as he left.


At the North Platte public schools, there were 9 COVID-19 cases as of Thursday, Oct. 18, spokeswoman Tina Smith said, which is more than double the 4 cases reported a week earlier.

Smith said only one classroom in the school district is under a mask requirement, as a precaution to prevent the spread of the virus, compared to two classrooms the week before.  

Six-county health district

The West Central District Health Department reported 91 positive tests during a seven day period that ended on Oct. 25, compared to 81 cases the week before.

There were 377 total cases in the district as of Oct. 25.

The percentage of adults over the age of 18 in the district who are fully vaccinated is 48.02% 46.05%, the health district said, compared to 46.05% one week earlier and 44.49% the week before that.

(This report was updated on Tuesday, Oct. 26 with newer information from the WCDHD.)

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