The number of new cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska continued to drop last week, with the state again recording one of the nation’s lowest case rates.
Meanwhile, the state continued its slow march toward the national goal of having 70% of adults who have had at least one shot by July 4.
The state recorded 168 new cases of COVID-19 for the week ending Friday, down from 234 the week before, according to a World-Herald analysis of federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. That marked the eighth straight week of decreasing case counts, during which weekly cases have declined by 93%. And weekly cases were down 99% from the 16,740 cases Nebraska recorded the week of Nov. 20 during its pandemic peak.
Nebraska also continued to have one of the lowest rates of new cases, with a rate that’s less than half the U.S. case rate. Only South Dakota, Vermont and Connecticut had lower rates than Nebraska in the last week.
In Missouri, for instance, the variant has become dominant around Springfield and in much of southwest Missouri, the Associated Press reported Saturday. As of May 22, the Delta variant made up 6.8% of new cases in Missouri and 4.3% of those in Colorado.
As of Friday, 63.4% of Nebraskans had received at least one dose of vaccine, ranking the state 23rd among states. That’s up from 63% the week before.
In Lancaster County, 64.2% of all residents 16 and older were listed as fully vaccinated, according to the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.
In all, 57.9% of the state’s 18-plus population now is fully vaccinated, including 82% of Nebraskans 65 and older. That ranks the state 13th best in the nation.