Nebraska sees 6 new virus deaths; cases hit nursing home

Nebraska health officials reported a one-day jump of six COVID-19 deaths in the state, as new cases were reported among police and several Omaha-area nursing homes.
Elkhorn Nursing Home

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska health officials reported a one-day jump of six COVID-19 deaths in the state, as new cases were reported among police and several Omaha-area nursing homes.

Six deaths from the new coronavirus were reported Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 113, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The state’s total number of cases since the outbreak began jumped to nearly 9,500. Nebraska’s hospitals still have a large number of beds, intensive-care unit space and ventilators if needed, according to the department’s online virus tracking portal.

The numbers were reported as the Good Samaritan Society nursing, long-term and hospice care facility in Omaha reported 15 infected residents — including three residents who have died. The Omaha World-Herald also reported Friday that 68 cases of the virus have been confirmed among residents and staff of Life Care Center in Omaha’s Elkhorn community, while 10 residents and one staff member at the CountryHouse in neighboring Council Bluffs, Iowa, had tested positive as of Friday.

The Omaha Police Department also reported a sixth officer testing positive for the virus.

For some infected people, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause severe illness or death. But for most people, it causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks.

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