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Douglas County's highest number of COVID-19 tests in 24-hour period results in over 200 new cases

Douglas County's highest number of COVID-19 tests in 24-hour period results in over 200 new cases

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Douglas County reported 203 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday after a record number of tests were performed.

The new cases were the result of 1,483 tests being performed in the previous 24 hours — the most ever in that time period, according to a spokesman for the Douglas County Health Department. The rate of positive tests was 14%.

Those cases bring the county to a total of 2,414, according to the Health Department. They will be registered with the state and show up in the official statewide total this week.

In Lancaster County, officials reported 13 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the county’s total to 799.

As of Sunday evening, Nebraska’s official number of coronavirus cases stood at 10,348, up 128 from the day before. The statewide confirmed death toll held steady at 123.

As of Saturday night, 127 people were hospitalized with the disease in Douglas County. There were 472 medical surge beds available. Of the 374 ventilators available to area hospitals, 135 were in use, including 45 for confirmed COVID-19 patients.

The Health Department has confirmed that 412 county residents have recovered from the illness.

The Douglas County Health Center said Sunday that 14 residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have fully recovered. Three residents remain hospitalized in stable condition, which means that there are no active cases of COVID-19 at the Health Center at 4102 Woolworth Ave.

“This is a relief and we are grateful to be on the road to recovery, but we are still seeing what’s happening with the number of positive cases outside the facility,” said Erin Nelson, administrator of the Health Center. “Our goal is to stay COVID-19 free, and our staff is on board to continue the fight. Our focus is to continue to support the residents and to maintain engagement with their families as the visitor ban continues for the facility.”

Since March 29, the Health Center had reported 37 COVID-19 cases overall: 23 involving long-term care residents and 14 involving employees. Six residents died, and 12 employees are back at work after having fully recovered.

Douglas County Board member Mary Ann Borgeson said she continues to be impressed with the leadership at the Health Center.

“It’s incredible to see our administration and staff keeping each other safe while also providing a high level of quality care,” she said. “Working during this COVID-19 pandemic is no easy feat, and all of our employees are doing it with pride.”

With some restrictions related to the pandemic being relaxed, health officials remind everyone that wearing a cloth mask in public is still recommended. Wearing a mask protects those around you, and their masks protect you.

World-Herald staff writer Nancy Gaarder contributed to this report.

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Nancy Gaarder helps cover public safety and weather events as an editor on The World-Herald's breaking news desk. Follow her on Twitter @gaarder. Email: nancy.gaarder@owh.com

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