OMAHA – A University of Nebraska Medical Center expert says he doesn’t expect the COVID-19 pandemic to peak in Nebraska for at least another week or two, even if next week’s easing of social distancing restrictions doesn’t trigger an increase in cases.
Professor of Epidemiology Dr Ali Khan says the number of cases will likely continue to steadily increase because testing is increasing, which doesn’t necessarily reflect a spreading of the virus.
Dr Kahn says it’s important to stay vigilant as more people get out and interact. More contact tracers are being trained and will play a key role in identifying how COVID-19 patients became infected and who they may have had contact with.
A model developed by UNMC predicts more than 18,000 cases and 311 deaths in Nebraska by mid-July if the state hits its peak on May 11. A model from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation predicts 463 deaths by August 4.