Lancaster County has seen more than 5,000 cases in less than two weeks, leading to further strain on hospitals.
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The governor said the state has issued a new directed health measure suspending some inpatient and outpatient surgeries at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Lincoln was the last city in Nebraska to have a mask mandate.
Dr. James Lawler of the University of Nebraska Medical Center sees a “high likelihood” of an increase when the state gets hit with the brunt of the fast-spreading omicron variant in the next couple of weeks.
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"There's much less reserve and flexibility now than we had a year ago, and I think we're only entering the really bad part of this respiratory season," Dr. James Lawler said. "I think we're going to get the triple whammy of delta, omicron and flu."
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