State health officials reported 497 new cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now four-thousand-281 cases of the virus across the state, including one-thousand-25 in Hall County. Nebraska state health officials say the state has seen a jump in COVID-19 deaths following technical difficulties with the state's coronavirus tracking portal in recent days. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says the state saw 3 new deaths from the virus yesterday, bringing the state total to 71. Eight of the deaths were reported out of hard-hit Hall County. On Wednesday, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services reported a fourth state prisons staffer had tested positive for the virus. State officials say that while its latest number of coronavirus deaths is accurate, the reported number of confirmed cases continues to lag actual counts due to the technical problems.