LINCOLN, Neb. (KGFW) – A Nebraska COVID Vaccine Registration website will launch in late January. Nebraskan’s will be able find out which phase they are in and sign up to be notified when their phase is open. Those immediately eligible will be directed to an offering provider. According to Gov. Pete Ricketts’ office, local health departments have information on their websites and Facebook pages on how to get on a list right now.
DHHS also has a coronavirus information line that you can call for assistance. That number is 402-552-6645 or toll free at 833-998-2275. However, KGFW has received a report of long wait times and the inability to register right now via this phone line. Other listeners have reported success by calling their health department office directly or utilizing their local health department’s website.
Nebraska has now received and distributed more than 144,000 doses of Coronavirus vaccine. Nearly 68,000 first doses and just over 10,000 second doses have been administered.
484 current patients and 644 new coronavirus cases were reported on Nebraska’s Dashboard yesterday. Overall, hospitals are 66% full. COVID patients account for 11.9%. 1,772 have now died.
Nebraska largely avoids post-Christmas spike in virus cases
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska appears to have avoided a post-Christmas spike in coronavirus cases that many had feared, although it’s not entirely clear why. Gov. Pete Ricketts says it may be because people followed virus safety guidelines warning against attending holiday gatherings. The Republican governor says the decision not to impose a statewide lockdown may also have played a role because it helped avoid pandemic fatigue that leads some people to ignore the recommendations. Other states, such as California, reported large increases in cases in December.
Nebraska senator proposes protections for meat plant workers
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska lawmaker is proposing new coronavirus protections for meatpacking workers in a new bill. The proposal by Sen. Tony Vargas, of Omaha, would require meatpacking companies to provide masks and adequate space for social distancing to keep the virus from spreading. Companies would also have to paid sick leave for workers who test positive for the virus, separate from any other paid sick leave. Vargas introduced a similar measure last summer, but the bill failed to advance. His south Omaha district has a large number of meatpacking workers, and his father died from complications of the coronavirus last year.