Nebraska needs stronger mitigation efforts ‘as other states have done,’ White House COVID-19 Task Force says

Eufemia Didonato

Nebraska needs stronger mitigation efforts ‘as other states have done,’ White House COVID-19 Task Force says



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Nebraska needs stronger mitigation efforts ‘as other states have done,’ White House COVID-19 Task Force says


According to the latest White House Coronavirus Task Force report obtained by ABC News, Nebraska is in the red zone for cases and test positivity. Officials are recommending stronger mitigation efforts. The state has the sixth highest case positivity the country, in the red zone indicating a rate at or above 10.1%.Douglas County, Lancaster County and Sarpy County have had the highest number of new cases in the past three weeks, representing 49.7% of new cases in Nebraska.A total of 82% Nebraska counties have high levels of community transmission. Nebraska had 865 new cases per 100,000 population, compared to a national average of 356 per 100,000. Between Nov. 14 – Nov. 20, on average, 136 patients with confirmed COVID-19 and 50 patients with suspected COVID-19 were reported as newly admitted each day to hospitals in Nebraska. This is an increase of 14% in total COVID-19 hospital admissions.The task force report stated that this surge can only be “interrupted through proactive, focused testing for both the identification of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals.””Nearly all counties are in the red zone with extensive and unyielding spread. Hospitalizations are increasing week over week, mitigation and messaging needs to be further strengthened as other states have done,” the report states. “Effective practices to decrease transmission in public spaces include requiring masks, limiting restaurant indoor capacity to less than 25%, and closing bars until cases and test positivity decrease to the yellow zone. Strong mitigation efforts by neighboring states are showing early impact.”The task force urged people to comply with public health orders and wear masks. Officials also suggested targeting antigen testing to asymptomatic populations under the age of 35.

According to the latest White House Coronavirus Task Force report obtained by ABC News, Nebraska is in the red zone for cases and test positivity. Officials are recommending stronger mitigation efforts.

The state has the sixth highest case positivity the country, in the red zone indicating a rate at or above 10.1%.

Douglas County, Lancaster County and Sarpy County have had the highest number of new cases in the past three weeks, representing 49.7% of new cases in Nebraska.

A total of 82% Nebraska counties have high levels of community transmission.

Nebraska had 865 new cases per 100,000 population, compared to a national average of 356 per 100,000. Between Nov. 14 – Nov. 20, on average, 136 patients with confirmed COVID-19 and 50 patients with suspected COVID-19 were reported as newly admitted each day to hospitals in Nebraska. This is an increase of 14% in total COVID-19 hospital admissions.

The task force report stated that this surge can only be “interrupted through proactive, focused testing for both the identification of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals.”

“Nearly all counties are in the red zone with extensive and unyielding spread. Hospitalizations are increasing week over week, mitigation and messaging needs to be further strengthened as other states have done,” the report states. “Effective practices to decrease transmission in public spaces include requiring masks, limiting restaurant indoor capacity to less than 25%, and closing bars until cases and test positivity decrease to the yellow zone. Strong mitigation efforts by neighboring states are showing early impact.”

The task force urged people to comply with public health orders and wear masks. Officials also suggested targeting antigen testing to asymptomatic populations under the age of 35.

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