There's no reliable way for someone to know whether a prior COVID infection will provide protection, particularly in the face of the delta variant, UNMC experts say.
About 0.17% of fully vaccinated Nebraskans have had breakthrough COVID infections. Of those, about 1.05% have died.
The coronavirus vaccine is like safety gear, such as a bulletproof vest, protecting both first responders and the public.
The Oakland VFW recently added Sgt. Glenn Nelson's name to its war monument. Nelson, a member of an elite commando unit in World War II, died of trichinosis three years after he returned home.
Omaha fire and police officials had to manage staffing and shuffle shifts amid sickness and quarantines in their ranks, especially when COVID infections spiked in late 2020.
After access to the vaccine came, most local first responders got the shot. Yet records provided by the city indicate that 27% of Omaha firefighters and 41% of police officers remain unvaccinated.
The state recorded 489 cases for the week ending Thursday, up from 456 the preceding week and 253 the week before that.
Nebraska as a whole has ranked well in getting shots into arms, but public health officials say lagging rural rates are concerning, especially with a more contagious strain of the virus on the rise.
COVID case levels vary wildly in the states that sent teams to the CWS. California and Virginia both have low case levels, but levels in Arizona, Mississippi and Texas are high.
Inoculation is proving a powerful tool in pushing back COVID and helping move life back toward something approaching "normal."
Dr. Mark Rupp said the CDC guidelines rely on unvaccinated people to act responsibly and continue to wear their masks. "And I just don’t know if that’s going to be uniformly followed,” he said.
The Douglas County Health Department this week alerted parents to the anticipated approval of a vaccine for youths so they can prepare to vaccinate that age group.
With Nebraskans lining up for the COVID vaccine, chatter around who had what side effects from the shots — a fever or sore arm vs. none at all — have become commonplace.
Precautions will be necessary until enough people have been vaccinated against COVID to reach herd immunity, and transmission of the coronavirus has been further reduced.
For all the harm the coronavirus pandemic has done, it also has undoubtedly spurred advances in medicine and public health, including the development of vaccines in record time.
An amendment by council members Aimee Melton and Brinker Harding, to raise the mandate's age requirement from age 5 to 12, failed on a 5-2 vote.
During a public hearing, public health officials asked the Omaha City Council to extend the city’s indoor mask mandate, while opponents questioned the science behind masks.
The addition of people 65 and older to the COVID-19 vaccination priority list has created uncertainty among some people who had been next in line.
Nebraska will start vaccinating anyone 65 years and older as part of its next phase in administering the COVID-19 vaccine.
Infectious disease experts from the University of Nebraska Medical Center will discuss COVID-19 in Nebraska during the next Omaha Science Cafe.
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