The number of cases of COVID-19 increased in the North Platte schools during the week, but the number of patients with the virus at Great Plains Health decreased.

The number of cases in the school district called for masks to be required throughout one of the districts 10 buildings. Previously, masks were required in a classroom or two in recent weeks.

Here is an overview of the COVID-19 situation in the North Platte and Lincoln County area:

In the North Platte public schools (as of Nov. 4):

No. of reported cases – 27

No. of schools with mask requirements – 1

In the West Central Health District: (6 counties, as of Nov. 4):

No. of COVID-19 cases in Oct – 397

No. in Sept –617

No. in Aug – 477

Percentage of adults fully vaccinated — 48.4%

Known cases in last 7 days – 184

Known cases, previous 7 days – 239

At GPH Hospital, (as of Nov. 5):

No. COVID-19 patients — 14

No. not vaccinated — 10

Ventilators in use – 4

Available staffed beds — 5

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