Feb. 16: COVID hospitalizations decling in Nebraska
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- The number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations has improved enough in Nebraska that Omaha is eliminating its mask mandate.
Some of the state’s largest hospitals also are easing restrictions. The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus statewide has fallen steadily since peaking Jan. 28 at 767. State health officials said 436 people were hospitalized Tuesday. That’s the lowest level since early November.
The CEO of Bryan Health in Lincoln, John Woodrich, said his hospitals are planning to lift all visitor restrictions for non-COVID patients next month. All their remote workers will return to the office starting Feb. 27.
The number of COVID cases being reported by the state has also decreased in the last week. Health officials confirmed over 4,000 positive cases between Feb. 2 and Feb. 8. For the last seven days, Nebraska has had only 2,462 cases. These do not include positive results from at-home tests, those numbers are not reported to the state health department.
Nebraska has confirmed 42 more virus-related deaths since Feb. 9. That brings the state’s COVID death toll up to 3,182.
About 67 percent of the state’s five and older population has been fully vaccinated, the same as reported last week.
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