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Weekend Puts NE Covid Total Over 38,000 As Counties Loosen Restrictions

Sep 14, 2020

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Nebraska is set to loosen COVID-19 health measures in most counties.  Starting this week, all counties in the state except for Lancaster County will move into phase four.  During phase four, outdoor venues can operate at 100-percent capacity, indoor venues can open at 75-percent capacity, but large-scale events will still need approval from their local health department director. The number of COVID-19 cases in Nebraska is increasing.  As of yesterday, there had been 38-thousand-188 cases and 434 coronavirus-related deaths reported statewide.  Douglas County has seen the most cases in the state with 14-thousand-448. The Department of Health and Human Services reports 36-percent of hospital beds and 83-percent of ventilators are available. Iowa officials said the number of coronavirus cases in the state increased by 814 Sunday and two additional deaths were reported.