Nebraska approaching 25,000 confirmed coronavirus cases

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The latest health statistics for Nebraska show the state approaching 25,000 confirmed coronavirus cases.

The state’s online virus tracker on Monday showed 800 cases were confirmed Friday through Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 24,618 since the outbreak began. That included 356 cases confirmed on Friday, 221 on Saturday and 223 on Sunday.

The site showed no new deaths from the virus recorded over the weekend, leaving the state’s total deaths at 316.

Room for new patients within the state’s hospitals remained fairly steady. The tracker showed 38% of the state’s hospital beds available Monday, 42% of intensive care unit beds available and 81% of the state’s ventilators available.

The latest numbers came as state prison officials announced Sunday that a staffer at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln had tested positive for the virus. The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services said in a news release that the infected staffer is self-isolating at home.

The latest case brings to 38 the number of prison staffers across the state to become infected; 24 of them have since recovered, officials said.

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