Nebraska COVID-19 hospitalizations reach highest level in six months

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Weekly COVID-19 data released by the state of Nebraska shows a number of hospitalizations not seen since Nebraska's directed health measures ended.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 217 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 59 more than the last DHHS report last week. According to the University of Nebraska Medical Center's pandemic recovery model, the state hasn't been over 200 hospitalizations since February. At that point, Nebraska was still in the middle of more restrictive directed health measures.

Nebraska averaged 367 recorded cases of COVID-19 per day last week, nowhere near the highs seen last November, but a 30 percent jump over the previous week.

The latest DHHS report also revealed a different type of trend. An average of 3,300 Nebraskans were vaccinated daily last week. Just over 50 percent of Nebraska residents are now fully vaccinated.