Nebraska health officials say the number of reported coronavirus cases in the state is approaching 19,000. As of Monday, the state reported 18,899 cases of COVID-19, according to the Nebraska’s online coronavirus tracker. That is an increase of 375 cases since Friday evening.
The number of deaths linked to the coronavirus outbreak in the state increased by 1 to 267 between Friday and Monday. More than two-thirds of the coronavirus cases reported in the state are in five Nebraska counties: Douglas, Dakota, Lancaster, Hall and Sarpy counties. Each of those counties has reported more than 1,000 cases.
The state said that 41% of Nebraska’s hospital beds, 49% of its intensive care beds and 79% of its ventilators remained available Monday. For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness. Out of the 18,899 cases of coronavirus in the state, 13,322 people have recovered.