Active COVID-19 Cases In Neb Top 16,000 With 311 Hospitalized

 Nebraska Health and Human Services reported 924 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday along with 162 recoveries and 3 more deaths.

That shot the number of active cases to a record 16.825 with 311 hospitalizations

        Nebraska has now had 54,467 cases, 530 deaths, and 37,112 recoveries. The number of available hospital beds, ICU beds, and ventilators remained unchanged at lower than desired levels.

        Gov Pete Ricketts has consistently said a key part in keeping the pandemic in check is not to overwhelm the state’s hospital system, and he admitted at a news conference yesterday the current numbers are a bit troubling.

    Ricketts said he’s continuing to meet with Chief State Medical Officer Dr Gary Anthone to monitor the situation.

COVID-19 cases account for about 8% of all hospitalizations in Nebraska and several hospital officials warn that a shortage of healthy staff and not beds or ventilators may be their achilles heel.

       Panhandle Unified Command reported 24 new cases and 16 recoveries yesterday, growing the number of active cases to 220, including 19 who are hospitalized. The region now has 2,278 total cases, 987 recoveries, and 11 deaths. 

       Dawes County added 2 new cases and 5 recoveries, dropping the number of active cases to 25. The county has had 180 cases and 155 recoveries.

      Chadron State College had no new cases but did have another staffer recovery, leaving just 5 active cases – 2 students and 2 staff. CSC has had 60 positive cases, including 50 students, since the pandemic began. 

     The Chadron Public Schools remains at 3 active cases, one each at the high school, middle school, and intermediate school with no breakdown between students and staff. The district has had 20 confirmed cases and 3 individuals remain in quarantine.