COVID-19 Death Count At 299 In NebraskaPosted by John AxtellDate: July 17, 20202 ViewsLINCOLN – The number of COVID-19 deaths in Nebraska continues to grow. Health and Human Services recorded 8 more deaths yesterday after 5 on Wednesday, pushing the state total to 299.The number of new positive coronavirus tests fell below 200 for the first time this week, but the 155 that were recorded brought the total to 22,13416,501 of the state’s cases have recovered, but 96 of the active cases are hospitalized. 39% of the state’s hospital beds remain available along with 41% of ICU beds and 81% of ventilators remain available.Panhandle Unified Command confirmed 3 more cases yesterday, 2 in Scotts Bluff County and 1 in Kimball County with one new recovery in Kimball County. That brings the totals to 369 cases, 295 recoveries, 5 deaths, 69 active cases, and 2 active hospitalizations.A total of 6,279 cases have been conducted with 5.8% coming back positive. Free tests are being offered again this morning from 7-9:00 in Chadron.Because the TestNebraska program is being offered through Chadron Community Hospital, there’s been some confusion over the location of the drive-thru testingInstead of being at the current hospital, it’s offered at the entrance to the ER of the old hospital off Morehead Street at Wilson Park. An online assessment at testnebraska.com is required to be able to get tested.