COVID-19 cases increasing in Nebraska

Mike Stucka

New coronavirus cases increased in 8.6% in Nebraska in the latest week ending Sunday as the state added 1,750 cases. The previous week had 1,612 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Nebraska ranked 32nd among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week the United States added 379,753 reported cases of coronavirus, an increase of 1.1% from the week before. Across the country, 30 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Within Nebraska, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Polk, York and Boone counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Douglas County, with 491 cases; Lancaster County, with 346 cases; and Sarpy County, with 258. Weekly case counts rose in 41 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in York, Polk and Sarpy counties.

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Nebraska ranked 20th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 25.7% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 24.5%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows.

In the week ending Sunday, Nebraska reported administering another 109,092 vaccine doses, compared to 110,356 the week before that. In all, Nebraska reported it has administered 775,509 doses.

Across Nebraska, cases fell in 36 counties, with the best declines in Douglas, Platte and Adams counties.

In Nebraska, eight people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 14 people were reported dead.

A total of 206,388 people in Nebraska have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 2,135 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 29,818,528 people have tested positive and 542,356 people have died.

Registered nurse Candy Russell gives a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine to Ray Tuten during a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, on March 16.