Lawrence’s hospital has had zero COVID-19 inpatients for two days in a row, according to a community update Wednesday.
This is the first time that LMH Health can say that since June 11, 2021, Rebecca Smith, a spokesperson for the hospital, wrote in the update.
Overall, COVID case numbers in Douglas County are down significantly. The rolling 14-day average of 4.4 new cases reported to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health is the lowest the county has seen since early July 2021, shortly after the Delta variant hit.
On Wednesday, LDC Health reported just 116 active COVID-19 cases in the county. That number, too, is on par with statistics from July 2021.
As the good news continues locally, health officials continue to monitor the BA.2 variant, Smith wrote.
“We still haven’t seen any case reported in Douglas County, though BA.2 accounts for more than a third of the COVID-19 cases in the U.S. right now,” Smith wrote. “While it’s likely hospitalizations will increase, we are hopeful this variant will not bring a major surge. A lot remains to be seen, though, especially when it comes to severity of illness.”