Rate Of New COVID-19 Cases Ramping Up In Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The number of coronavirus cases in Nebraska have slowly trended upward this summer after the state eased restrictions and more businesses reopened.

The seven-day rolling average of new daily cases has risen over the past two weeks from 212 per day for the week ending July 19 to 285 new cases per day for the week that ended this past Sunday.

Nebraska Health and Human Services reported 254 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the state total to 26,956. Another 4 deaths were also added for a total of 338 while 122 more recoveries were reported, pushing the count to 19.677.

Nebraska currently has 6,978 active cases including 152 who are hospitalized, 8 more than on Sunday, but 41% of all hospital beds and 43% of ICU beds in the state remain available along with 80% of respirators.

Panhandle Unified Command confirmed 7 more cases of COVID-19 since its last report last Friday – 5 adults and 2 children 19 or younger, all from Scottsbluff County. There were also 5 more recoveries.

The Panhandle now has 439 positive tests, 378 recovered cases, and 6 deaths – leaving only 55 active cases and just current hospitalization.