Nebraska Surpasses 100k COVID-19 Cases, Nears 800 Deaths

Nov. 16, 2020, 9:06 p.m. ·

(Data: DHHS. Graphic: Flourish)

State health officials reported 3,440 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, the highest one-day total yet by about 760 people.

The day's new cases pushed the state to a total 101,601 cases since the start of the pandemic. The state's COVID-19 dashboard reports a little over half of those cases (54,095) are recovered.

Dr. Kelly Cawcutt is associate medical director of infection control and epidemiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She says public health officials should enact more restrictions, and all Nebraskans should follow guidelines.

"The front line of defense is what you do in public, and what you do when you gather in small groups in small areas, at someone's home for a dinner party, or something else where we're unmasked and we can still spread the virus," Dr. Cawcutt said.

Monday's update also included record high active hospitalizations, with 938 people in the hospital. So far 797 Nebraskans have died, including 81 in the past seven days.

Virus spread in Nebraska is considerably worse than it was at its highest point in the spring, according to every major metric.

Click through some of the numbers below, or visit the NET News data page here.