New virus cases at lowest level since July in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The number of new virus cases in the state has declined to levels not seen since last July but the pace of vaccinations is also slowing down across Nebraska.

The state reported 1,166 new cases during the seven days that ended on Saturday, according to the Omaha World-Herald. That’s down 29% from the 1,653 cases the state reported the week before.

“We are going in the right direction,” Douglas County Health Director Adi Pour said.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Nebraska decreased over the past two weeks, going from 323.14 new cases per day on April 18 to 199.00 new cases per day on Sunday.

The state said more than 70,000 vaccine doses were administered across Nebraska last week. But that is down from 93,284 doses the week before and well below the mid-April peak of 211,057 doses in a week.

 

More than 45% of the state’s population has now been fully vaccinated against the virus and 1.46 million doses have been given statewide.

The state said 220,481 cases and 2,244 deaths have been reported since the pandemic began. The number of people hospitalized with the virus in the state remains relatively low at 139.

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