Health departments, private testing companies and others have been working to beef up COVID-19 testing capacity in parts of Nebraska where tests have been hard to come by.
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The state continued a monthlong flattening of its delta surge. But there was one notable change: The CDC added 399 COVID-related deaths that it apparently hadn't previously counted in Nebraska's tally.
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.
Nebraska hospitalizations due to COVID-19 overall were up 6% last week, with an average 364 patients hospitalized with the virus. But new admissions were down by 9%.
Nebraska’s two-week case growth rate of 63% was down somewhat from last week’s but still ranked eighth highest in the nation.
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.
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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.
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