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Another 300+ New Covid Cases Push NE Total Toward 28,000; City Council To Vote On Mask Mandate

Aug 7, 2020

State health officials announced 332 new cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now 27,821 confirmed cases of the virus in the state, and 340 deaths. The Department of Health and Human Services reports 40 percent of hospital beds and 79 percent of ventilators are available. The Omaha City Council is expected to vote on a mask mandate on Tuesday. The council plans to propose an emergency ordinance to put the requirement in place, and needs six of the seven members to vote yes to immediately go into effect. If voted down, a regular ordinance needs only four votes to pass, but would not go into effect for 36 days.