New COVID Cases, Pace Of Vaccinations Both Slowing Down

     Figures from Nebraska Health and Human Services show the number of new COVID-19 cases has dropped to levels not seen since last July, but the pace of vaccinations is also slowing down.

      Nebraska had 1,166 new cases during the week that ended on Saturday, a drop of 29% from the week before, but the number of vaccine doses administered in those 7 days was only about a third of the mid-April peak. 

      Nebraska Health and Human Services reported 256 new confirmed cases and no deaths on Tuesday with 47,306 active cases including 139 hospitalizations. There have been 220,481 total cases and 2,244 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

      The growth in cases remains down in the Panhandle, where the Panhandle Public Health District’s COVID-19 Risk Dial is unchanged from last week at the break between the low or green category and the yellow or moderate range with the risk level 1.0.

     Panhandle Unified Command reported no new cases on Tuesday, with just 25 new cases in the last 14 days and 9,020 total cases. There are 2 hospitalized cases, but the number of COVID related deaths remains unchanged at 191.

    26,011 people in the Panhandle have received at least one dose of vaccine. In Dawes County, 2,404 people or a third of the eligible population are fully vaccinated with Sheridan County at 1,216 or 30% and Box Butte 2,914 or 36% fully immunized. 

     Statewide, almost 1-million 459-thousand doses of vaccine have been administered with nearly 57% of the state’s population 16 and older at least partially protected and more than 669,000 individuals or 45.1% of the 16-plus population now fully immunized.

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