With Covid Hospitalizations On Rise, Health Care Providers First In Line For Vaccine
Nebraska is continuing to see hundreds of new COVID-19 cases each day. Officials confirmed 702 new cases yesterday, bringing the total in the state to 64-thousand-499. There have been 603 COVID-19 related deaths in Nebraska during the pandemic. Nebraska officials say health care providers and elderly and vulnerable residents will be first in line to get a coronavirus vaccination when it becomes available as early as this year. Gov. Pete Ricketts and public health officials say they plan to give those groups top priority in their plans to distribute their limited share of the vaccine, once it’s developed and shipped. The announcement came as Nebraska sees a record number of people hospitalized because of the coronavirus. The number of new virus-related hospitalizations jumped to a record-high 436 on Saturday, and the number on Sunday held fairly steady at 435.