Nebraska reports more COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations – Community News

Nebraska reports more COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska registered a second consecutive week of increased COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continued to rise, prompting the state to resume daily updates on the virus.

The state reported 5,104 new virus cases to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week. That was an increase from 4,177 cases in the previous week, according to at the Omaha World Herald. Before that, cases had fallen flat or slightly for several weeks.

The seven-day moving average of daily new cases in Nebraska has also risen in the past two weeks from 308.43 new cases per day on Oct. 24 to 861.14 new cases per day on Sunday.

The rate of growth in Nebraska’s cases over the past week ranks fifth in the country. All states in the upper Great Plains, including North and South Dakota, are in the top 20 nationally in terms of virus cases per capita.

Gov. Pete Ricketts said Monday the state would restore its daily virus dashboard website as hospitalizations rise. Previously, the state had scaled back to weekly updates of virus statistics when hospitalization rates were lower.

Last week, an average of 400 Nebraskans were hospitalized with COVID-19, up from 386 the week before. That number of COVID patients, coupled with regular patients, continues to put pressure on state hospitals.

The state also reported 26 deaths last week to give it a total of 3,001, according to CDC data.

The percentage of Nebraskans who are fully vaccinated rose again last week from 56.2% the week before to 56.5%.