Nebraska virus hospitalizations jump again, surpass 500 for first time

State data showed 528 people were hospitalized with the virus on Thursday, breaking the previous record of 483 set the day before. 
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Nebraska continues to see record levels of people hospitalized with COVID-19.

State data showed 528 people were hospitalized with the virus on Thursday, breaking the previous record of 483 set the day before.

Since Monday, more than 100 new hospitalizations have been reported – a roughly 20% increase.

Hospitalizations were lowest in July, with 95 being recorded on July 10.

Since then, they have steadily climbed before spiking over the past two weeks.

Despite the surging numbers, about a quarter (1,265) of state hospital beds remain available, with just over 30% of ICU beds (201) available.

Total positive cases are approaching 70,000, with 68,150 reported as of Thursday. About two-thirds of those cases are listed as recovered.

The state positivity rate is hovering around 11%.

Lancaster County hospitals had 71 COVID-19 inpatients as of Thursday afternoon.

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