The surge is not only occurring in Lincoln. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday reported 415 active COVID-19 hospitalizations statewide, nearly double the number from a month ago.
School officials, health experts and parents are focused on how to keep kids in school — and protected from the coronavirus. Experts say a significant share of kids suffer lingering symptoms for weeks and months after COVID-19 infections.
Calls to hospitals from Lincoln to North Platte, from Omaha to Topeka, ended with the same response: we don't have a bed in our ICU. "Worse, Mark was one of my very best friends," Dr. Michael Zaruba said.
Vaccination in Nebraska has morphed into a public health version of hand-to-hand combat, where medical providers go person-to-person, holding intensely personal conversations and trying to correct rampant vaccine misinformation.