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2 new COVID-19 deaths confirmed in Lancaster County
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2 new COVID-19 deaths confirmed in Lancaster County

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Lancaster County reported two new COVID-19 deaths and 80 new coronavirus cases Thursday, according to the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.

The two new deaths — a woman in her 60s and a man in his 70s who were both hospitalized — raised the local pandemic death toll to 23.

Overall, Lancaster County has confirmed 5,468 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began and documented 2,180 recoveries.

Cases numbers are down so far this week, with 324 reported as of Thursday afternoon. Lincoln recorded a pandemic weekly high of 690 cases last week.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln added 19 new cases Thursday, bringing its total to 675 since classes begin.

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Lincoln Public Schools reported six new cases Thursday: two at Southeast High School, one at North Star High School, Scott Middle School and Wysong Elementary. A sixth person who tested positive was at both East High and the Science Focus Program. That brings the total to 91 since school began.

Statewide, there were 502 cases reported Thursday, bringing the total to 39,921, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. There have been 442 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

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