Nebraska COVID-19 Deaths Top 500Posted by John AxtellDate: October 05, 2020198 Views The number of COVID-19 deaths in Nebraska has topped 500. Nebraska Health and Human Services reported 4 deaths yesterday, putting the death toll at 501. There were 404 new cases of COVID-19 along with 218 recoveries and active cases to 12,693 including 249 who are hospitalized. The state has now recorded 47,807 cases with 34,613 recoveries and 501 deaths. The availability of hospital beds and ICU beds both improved, all beds to 35% and ICU beds to 33% while ventilators stayed at 78% available. Panhandle Unified Command doesn’t update its figures over the weekend, so the latest totals for the Panhandle remain 933 cases, 822 recoveries, 9 deaths, 102 active cases, and 3 hospitalizations. Dawes County has 137 cases, 130 recoveries, and 7 active cases including 4 at Chadron State College – 2 students and 2 staff. The college reported one student recovery and one employee testing positive on Friday with another student testing positive on Sunday. The CSC music department has several students and one faculty member, which has led to the precautionary cancelling of Tuesday’s Community Band rehearsal.