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School Campuses Become Virus Hotspots As State Covid Total Soars Past 35,000

Sep 4, 2020

Credit Norfolk Daily News

State health officials reported 474 new cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now 35-thousand-469 confirmed cases of the virus in the state, and 404 deaths. The Department of Health and Human Services says 34 percent of hospital beds and 82 percent of ventilators are available. Three new COVID-19 clusters were announced at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Officials say five cases were reported at the Chi Omega sorority house, and eight were found in FarmHouse fraternity. Six cases were reported on a floor at Eastside Suites, becoming the first floor of a residence hall to be placed in quarantine. Twelve total coronavirus clusters have now been announced on campus. Meanwhile, more than 120 students and staff members in Douglas County schools are testing positive for COVID-19.  The Public Health Department says 67 students and 55 staff have tested positive.  The department says more than 750 staff and students are being quarantined.  The county's asking parents and kids to make good decisions over the long Labor Day weekend, like using masks, and avoid large crowds.