Nebraska COVID Cases Down Slightly This Week; Hospitalizations Up to 9%

Sept. 8, 2021, 2 p.m. ·

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New CDC data shows COVID-19 cases in Nebraska are down nearly 6% over the past week.

The 7-day average for cases, as of Sept. 6, dropped to just under 700 cases from more than 800 per day a few days prior. This does not mean cases are headed down for good, as they very well could climb again. As of now, however, CDC stats look promising.

Weekly data from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services shows the state added another 5,153 cases this past week, which is about 735 cases per day or a little higher average than what the CDC currently has for the same time period, but roughly shows a similar number.

Also in the weekly data, active hospitalizations grew to 379 in the state, which is just over 9% of Nebraska's hospital beds. If the state reached 10% occupancy, that could mean indoor restrictions statewide from the Governor’s Office.

DHHS also added another 23 COVID deaths this week, which is a little more than previous weeks. Another 0.6% of the state's population became fully vaccinated this week, pushing the total to 53.4%. Nearly 5% of the state is partially vaccinated.

As of Wednesday, the Governor does not have a COVID press conference scheduled this week.