Nebraska Tops 60,000 COVID Cases; 19,827 Active CasesPosted by John AxtellDate: October 22, 2020343 Views Nebraska has topped 60,000 COVID-19 cases and continues to set records for active and hospitalized cases as well. Nebraska Health and Human Services Wednesday reported 899 new cases, 218 recoveries and 11 deaths as the total number of confirmed cases reached 60,308. Active cases jumped from 19,157 to 19,827 with 400 hospitalized, 20 more than on Tuesday. Nebraska has had 576 deaths and 39,905 recoveries. Despite the growing number of hospitalizations, 27% of the state’s ICU beds remain available along with 37% of all hospital beds and 78% of ventilators. Panhandle Unified Command also had significant increases yesterday with 104 new cases and only 20 recoveries, resulting in a record 486 active cases – 84 more than on Tuesday – while hospitalizations rose by 6 to 24. The Panhandle has now had 1,572 total cases with 1,075 recoveries but still just 11 deaths. Dawes County added 1 new case and 1 new recovery, leaving the number of active cases to 29 with 206 total cases and 177 recoveries. Chadron State College had one student recover, leaving 3 active cases – 1 student and 2 staff – out of 64 total cases, 52 of them students. The Chadron Public Schools still have 2 active cases, both at the high school, but added a 5 individual to quarantine.