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NE Covid Total Approaches 42,000; Spikes Among Elderly/Young Adult Populations

Sep 23, 2020

Hundreds of new COVID-19 cases are reported in Nebraska.  Health officials confirmed 397 new cases yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 41-thousand-785.  There have been 461 COVID-19 related deaths in Nebraska during the pandemic. Officials in the Omaha bedroom community of Blair are reporting a coronavirus outbreak at a nursing home, with at least 24 residents and eight staff members infected. The Three Rivers Public Health Department reported the outbreak at Crowell Memorial Home in Blair. The facility is licensed for 108 assisted living and skilled nursing beds. Another Blair facility was the site of one of the first nursing home outbreaks in Nebraska. Carter Place in Blair temporarily closed after 13 residents and six staff members tested positive in the spring. Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases is spiking in younger adults in Douglas County.  Health officials say the county's highest increase in coronavirus cases this past week was in people between the ages of 20 and 30.  The rise in cases is believed to be due to people attending unsafe Labor Day weekend gatherings.