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COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths continued to climb in Nebraska last week as the state's summer surge pushes toward fall.
How has the delta variant impacted case counts? What percentage of the population has been vaccinated? How many hospital beds are available? Find out with these charts and maps, updated weekly.
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"First and foremost, if you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said.
Nebraska's COVID surge is continuing, with cases nearly doubling over the past two weeks. The increase in cases over that time ranks fifth highest in the nation.
As cases continue to increase, find out what percentage of the population has been vaccinated, plus how hospitalizations have changed over time, and more with these charts and maps.
Gov. Pete Ricketts is issuing a directed health measure to limit some elective surgeries and is waiving some licensing requirements for hospitals.
These steps include vaccination, mask wearing and robust collection of health care information.
A public health strategy using that approach can guide policy-makers and the public toward sound decisions.
About 0.17% of fully vaccinated Nebraskans have had breakthrough COVID infections. Of those, about 1.05% have died.
"I'm concerned this is going to be the worst phase of the pandemic for much of the United States," said Dr. James Lawler of UNMC, "particularly states like ours that have low vaccination rates."
Elected officials, including Gov. Ricketts, should be stalwart in urging vaccination, our main tool to protect public health.
Scientists cited new information about the ability of the delta variant to spread among vaccinated people in announcing new CDC mask recommendations.
The nation's top health agency was expected to backpedal on its masking guidelines and recommend that even vaccinated people wear masks indoors.
The state recorded 489 cases for the week ending Thursday, up from 456 the preceding week and 253 the week before that.
Nebraska's one-week 80% increase in cases was the highest in the nation, as was the two-week increase of 152%, according to a World-Herald analysis of the CDC data.
Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Monday that he's ending Nebraska's COVID-19 state of emergency effective at 11:59 p.m. June 30.
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Gov. Pete Ricketts said that given where the state is right now, he expects that schools will not need restrictions in the fall. By then, everyone will have had a chance to get vaccinated, he said.