COVID Update: Creighton to test for variants; uptick in virus numbers

COVID Update: Creighton to test for variants; uptick in virus numbers

OMAHA, Neb. (KGFW) – Creighton said yesterday that the University and its clinical partner, CHI Health, have been contracted by the Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services to provide COVID variant testing. In a news release, Creighton said it will test up to 100 positive tests per week for variants – which the University says are becoming more comm on, are more easily transmissible, and possibly more deadly. An identified variant will become a priority for contact tracing efforts to control the spread.

The number of COVID patients continues to rise after hitting a near new low in late-March. 148 were reported yesterday, up 12, accounting for 3.6% of statewide capacity. Nearly 980 were hospitalized at the height of the second-wave in mid-November. Two more deaths were reported yesterday. There have now been 2,183 reported pandemic deaths.

25.6% of Nebraskan’s 16 and up have now completed vaccination. About 960,000 doses have been administered. A link to the state’s registration website can be found on our coronavirus information page at KGFW.com.

Nebraska vaccinated more than 120,000 for virus last week

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — More than 120,000 Nebraskans were vaccinated for the coronavirus last week, which was up from roughly 106,000 the week before. The state has now opened up vaccine eligibility to everyone age 16 and older, but health officials in Lancaster County are still prioritizing older residents at this point. More than one quarter of all Nebraskans over age 16 have been vaccinated. But the seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Nebraska has increased over the past two weeks from 259.71 new cases per day on March 21 to 486.43 new cases per day on Sunday.