Even though there’s no mask mandate, the Douglas County health director says now is not the time to ditch them. Especially if you’re indoors or around a lot of unvaccinated people.Dr. Lindsay Huse says COVID-19 cases are continuing to climb in Douglas County.”We are now sitting higher than we were at the previous high point for this delta wave if you will,” Huse said.With high hospitalization rates and a shortage of health care workers, the health department is concerned as 91 percent of pediatric ICU beds are currently full. “We certainly have hospitals systems that have zero beds. Whether it’s COVID, heart attack, a car accident, there is very little capacity for care right now,” Huse said.Huse says many of those are RSV cases, but she still says there is high COVID-19 transmission in people ages 0 to 19.”Currently cases here in Douglas County are still occurring pretty heavily in our pediatric population,” Huse said.At this point, Huse says she’s hoping vaccination efforts really help with the spikes.If you still haven’t been vaccinated, Huse says it’s too late to build your immunity by Thanksgiving, but you could still get the shot and build your immunity by Christmas.

Even though there’s no mask mandate, the Douglas County health director says now is not the time to ditch them. Especially if you’re indoors or around a lot of unvaccinated people.

Dr. Lindsay Huse says COVID-19 cases are continuing to climb in Douglas County.

“We are now sitting higher than we were at the previous high point for this delta wave if you will,” Huse said.

With high hospitalization rates and a shortage of health care workers, the health department is concerned as 91 percent of pediatric ICU beds are currently full.

“We certainly have hospitals systems that have zero beds. Whether it’s COVID, heart attack, a car accident, there is very little capacity for care right now,” Huse said.

Huse says many of those are RSV cases, but she still says there is high COVID-19 transmission in people ages 0 to 19.

“Currently cases here in Douglas County are still occurring pretty heavily in our pediatric population,” Huse said.

At this point, Huse says she’s hoping vaccination efforts really help with the spikes.

If you still haven’t been vaccinated, Huse says it’s too late to build your immunity by Thanksgiving, but you could still get the shot and build your immunity by Christmas.