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Nebraska Covid Total Tops 7000; State Will No Longer Report Numbers Of Affected Meat Processors

May 8, 2020

State health officials announced five additional deaths related to COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now 90 total deaths from the virus in the state, and seven-thousand-190 total cases. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says 47-percent of hospital beds and 75-percent of ventilators are still available. Governor Pete Ricketts says nearly one of every six cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska are meatpacking workers. The governor says more than one-thousand coronavirus patients are employees at food processing plants, but declined to say where the cases were found. Three meatpacking workers in Nebraska have died from the virus. Local health officials are no longer reporting coronavirus numbers from the state's meat processing facilities. News Channel Nebraska reports Governor Pete Ricketts said the state won't release specific numbers on cases at meatpacking plants due to privacy concerns. Local health departments were previously reporting the numbers as they came in. The Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department has announced 220-workers at the Tyson plant in Madison were infected with COVID-19. The plant has also stopped production there.