In Lancaster County on Monday there were 102 people hospitalized, with 22 on ventilators. The county also reported that a woman in her 50s died. She was unvaccinated and had been hospitalized. Meanwhile, the total number of available beds has shrunk from about 4,200 to 3,900 due to staffing issues, which contributed to the rising population of COVID patients, the governor said. Dr. Gary Anthone, the state’s chief medical officer, said the number of new coronavirus cases in the state has begun to slow after 11 weeks of increases.
Roughly 2,400 people are in the hospital for other reasons, according to the state health department. At that time, there were about 337 COVID patients in the state’s hospitals, which was about one-third of the state’s peak of 987 set in November of last year.
Lincoln’s COVID-19 case decline could be start of positive trend The executive order follows an Aug. 26 declaration of a hospital staffing emergency in Nebraska.
Last week, the number of cases increased by 2% over the previous week, Anthone said, which is down from a rapid late summer increase attributed to the Delta variant, and may indicate Nebraska is following other states in the region that have reported declining infection rates. COVID-19 case numbers drop at LPS; indoor field trips suspended
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