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Six new coronavirus deaths reported in Nebraska; state reports increase of 311 cases

Six new coronavirus deaths reported in Nebraska; state reports increase of 311 cases

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Health officials reported six new coronavirus deaths in Nebraska on Saturday.

The deaths include two more residents at the Douglas County Health Center.

The long-term care residents, both men in their 70s, had been hospitalized for weeks after testing positive for COVID-19, according to Douglas County Health Center officials.

One employee and two residents also have tested positive for COVID-19, and since March 29, the Health Center has reported 35 cases in all — 22 residents and 13 employees.

Four residents have died from the disease.

“We truly do feel like we have the virus contained,” Erin Nelson, administrator of Douglas County Health Center, said in a press release. “We know there are a lot of people who are nervous about some of the restrictions in the community being lifted, but we are going to continue to do our best to keep the residents and our staff safe.”

One of the first long-term care residents hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19 has recovered and is back at the Health Center.

Another death was reported in Dakota County. The county in northeast Nebraska also reported 462 cases as of Saturday, an increase of 167 cases from Friday.

Two new deaths were also reported in Hall County and one was reported in Hamilton County, according to the Central District Health Department.

A total of 2,732 cases had been reported statewide as of Saturday night. That’s an increase of 311 from the day before. State officials have reported 53 deaths.

Forty-one new cases were reported in Dawson County, which has the third most cases in the state.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported seven new cases Saturday, bringing the community total to 120.

The new cases include one woman and six men ranging from their 20s to their 60s.