Jul 28, 2021 12:30 PM

Nebraska health officials worry about uptick in COVID cases

Posted Jul 28, 2021 12:30 PM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Public health officials have expressed growing concern about an increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Nebraska, primarily among residents who haven’t been vaccinated.

Officials say they were worried about the slow-but-steady increase in infected people who end up hospitalized, putting pressure on COVID-19 treatment units.

Nebraska reported 978 new cases in the week ending Thursday.

That's a 42% increase over the previous week and exactly double the 489 new cases logged two weeks earlier.

Most other states have seen larger increases, especially Southern states with lower vaccination rates.

Nebraska’s growth rate ranks 41st nationally.