The ACLU of Nebraska and another group submitted a public records request to the state Thursday seeking statewide data on cases of COVID-19 and deaths due to the virus broken down by race and ethnicity.
The COVID Tracking Project, in partnership with the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, compiles race and ethnicity data from every state that reports it in order to capture the impact of the outbreak on vulnerable communities.
HHS officials have said previously that they have been working with local health departments to enhance the process needed to capture such data, which is important to the health agency as well. But the information is not always available in the electronic data submitted to the agency.
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The governor says more data is needed before decisions can be made on holding wedding receptions, allowing youth soccer and adult sports, reopening bars or perrmitting the Nebraska State Fair to proceed as scheduled, among other things.
What most of his customers did not know is that he grew up in Poland as Zelik Dimenstein and narrowly survived the Holocaust. He and his wife, Minde, arrived in Omaha in 1949 from a postwar Displaced Persons camp in Germany.
There are encouraging signs that the virus may have already hit its peak. Fewer people are seeking hospital care. Confirmed coronavirus cases in Hall, Hamilton and Merrick Counties seem to be declining, though delayed results from testing might play into that.
Ruby Jones walked out of CHI Health’s Immanuel Rehabilitation Institute on Thursday morning after surviving a battle with the coronavirus that left her weakened but more determined than ever to gain back her strength, gab with her two “old lady” best friends again and hug her family close.
A leading theory is that people are waiting out their symptoms at home because they’re afraid to come to the hospital and risk exposure to the virus. Doctors are concerned that such delays could mean missing out on time-sensitive treatment and result in long-term damage and disability.
Pediatricians say their offices, like other clinics and hospitals, have established practices to keep kids, parents and providers safe from the virus, so families can feel comfortable coming back in for needed care and checkups.