First Delivery Of Covid Vaccine To Arrive This Week; Hospitalizations Down A Little
Nebraska reported its smallest number of new virus cases since early November on Saturday as the state prepares for the first doses of a coronavirus vaccine to arrive. The state said 811 new virus cases were reported Saturday to give the state a total of 147,688 cases since the pandemic began. That marked the first time since Nov. 2 that the daily tally of new cases was below 1,000. Nebraska said 711 people were hospitalized with the virus on Saturday, which was down from 759 the day before. Also Saturday, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services said 11 more prison staffers had tested positive for the virus. Meanwhile, The first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine is expected to arrive in Nebraska this week. FedEx is expected to start delivering more than 15-thousand doses of the Pfizer vaccine to the state as soon as today. Officials at CHI Health and Methodist Health System tell WOWT that they both anticipate receiving the first doses of the vaccine today, and they plan to start distributing it to the highest priority groups.