COVID cases in Nebraska nearly double

The number of COVID-19 cases in Nebraska nearly doubled over the past two weeks as the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus continues to spread. 

Nebraska reported 5,000 new cases for the week ending Friday, according to data from the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

That's up from 3,700 the previous week and nearly double the 2,600 cases recorded the week before. 

The state says 323 people were hospitalized with the virus in the state as of Tuesday.