COVID-19 Toll Now 86; Governor Cites Success In “Flattening The Curve” Posted by John Axtell Date: May 07, 2020 2 Views LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The Nebraska Dept of Health and Human Services reported 4 deaths for the second day in a row on Wednesday, bringing the state total to 86. Another 333 COVID-19 cases were reported, pushing that total to 6,771 with 30,987 negative tests. Despite the continued growth in the number of deaths and cases, the latter at a higher rate of positive tests than a week ago, Governor Pete Ricketts says he’s staying the course on his decision ease coronavirus limits. Ricketts told his daily coronavirus news conference that the key measurement isn’t deaths, cases, or percentage of positive tests – it’s how high and fast numbers are growing, and that his efforts on “flattening the curve” have kept the growth at a level that isn’t taxing the state’s hospitals. PLAY SOUNDBITE Panhandle COVID-19 Unified Command reported 4 more cases yesterday, bringing the Panhandle total to 62. The new cases included 2 Morrill County women, one in her 70s and one in her 50ths, both close contacts of earlier cases. Close contact is also listed as the cause of a Scotts Bluff County man in his 20s, but investigators were unable to determine the cause for a Cheyenne County man in his 70s – leading to his case being listed as community spread. The case of a Scotts Bluff County woman in her 40’s announced on Tuesday has now been listed as community spread as well. Unified Command says 38 of the 62 positive cases have already recovered., including 22 of Scotts Bluff County’s 22 and all 10 of Kimball County’s cases. Cheyenne County’s 8 cases include 5 recoveries, but only 1 of the 7 cases in Morrill County has recovered while Box Butte County’s lone case remains in isolation.