Nebraska COVID-19 Numbers Continue To Improve Posted by John Axtell Date: December 29, 2020 309 Views Nebraska Health and Human Services on Monday reported 875 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 along with 1,423 recoveries and 28 deaths for 57,670 active cases. The state’s numbers have been improving since early this month when it had the 5th-highest rate of new cases in the nation. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the average of the past 2 weeks has been 680 new cases per 100,000 population – the 33rd-highest rate of infection in the nation. The number of active hospitalizations rose by 7 to 534, still one of the lowest counts in the last 2 months. The peak of 987 cases occurred on Nov 20. The availability of hospital beds dropped 2 points to 35% and ICU beds by 4 points to 38% while availability of ventilators stayed at 72% for the fifth straight day. Nebraska has so far recorded 162,849 total cases with 103,592 recoveries and 1,587 deaths.