On Feb. 7, 2020, some 57 Americans who had been in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak, landed in Omaha and were shuttled to Camp Ashland.
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Nebraska recorded 14 COVID-related deaths during the past week, bringing the pandemic total to 4,746.
COVID cases in Nebraska hit a nine-month low last week with the state apparently experiencing something it has never seen during the three-year pandemic — a winter lull.
Only 19% of adults in Nebraska, 22% in Iowa and 18% nationally are up to date on all their shots.
Combined with the low rate of people up to date on their booster shots, the more contagious variant is translating into more cases, hospitalizations and deaths, an expert said.
A new variant, XBB.1.5, now is becoming dominant in the U.S., according to the CDC. But that variant has not yet appeared in Nebraska variant surveillance reports.
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The Food and Drug Administration warns that rapid antigen tests appear less sensitive to omicron and therefore worse at detecting it. Veuer’s Maria Mercedes Galuppo has the story.
This is how health care workers test for the flu and COVID-19. When you get both, at the same time, its called a co-infection. But this time, media has latched on to a nickname: "flurona."
Omicron infections seem to be less severe; does this mean the pandemic is nearly over? With vaccinations and a less virulent variant, many believe so. Source by: Stringr
The latest variant, omicron, has produced a worrisome rise in hospitalizations amongst children. Source by: Stringr
Cloths masks are not effective against the highly contagious omicron variant. According to health officials, here are the face masks that offer the most protection against the omicron variant. Source by: Stringr
While the state's cases were up 100% over the past two weeks, that percentage ranks only 41st nationally, as cases are surging across the country.