Feb 01, 2022

Hospital CEOs say omicron surge may have peaked in Nebraska

Posted Feb 01, 2022 1:30 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska hospital officials said Monday that it appears the latest surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the highly contagious omicron variant may have peaked in the state, but hospitalizations remain extremely high.

The number of cases the state reported to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fell last week to 22,302 for the week ending Thursday from the previous week's record of 29,141.

But the large number of COVID-19 patients across the state, which hit 739 Sunday, continues to strain hospital capacity.

And hospitalizations might still continue to rise in the days ahead because they tend to lag a week or two behind the number of cases.