Coronavirus hospitalizations in Lincoln remained high Wednesday, when Lancaster County reported 88 new coronavirus cases but no new deaths.
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department has confirmed 5,938 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began and documented 2,216 recoveries, according to its data dashboard.
The local death toll remains at 24.
In total, 53 patients with COVID-19 received care at Lincoln hospitals Wednesday, including 23 from Lancaster County.
Health department officials attribute the high number of hospitalizations to continued community spread of the coronavirus and the continued need for Lincoln's hospitals to care for out-of-county residents with COVID-19, including residents relocated from senior living facilities where outbreaks have been reported.
Statewide, the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 reached 200 on Wednesday, the highest number since June 3.
Hospital capacity, however, is not jeopardized, with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services reporting 34% of the state's hospital beds available and only 20% of ventilators in use.
The positivity rate for tests statewide is at its highest level since early June, with 9.6% of tests this week coming back positive.
With 493 new cases reported Wednesday, state totals number 42,278 cases, with 31,383 recoveries and 462 deaths.
Lincoln Public Schools reported six positive cases, at Culler and Goodrich middle schools and Everett, Riley, West Lincoln and Zeman elementary schools. On Tuesday, the district reported three positive cases, at Scott Middle School and Lincoln North Star and Lincoln Southeast high schools.
In the last week, LPS reported 33 positive cases.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln reported six new positive cases Wednesday — the second straight day of single-digit cases — for a total of 739 on campus since students returned.
Photos: Lincoln during the pandemic
City Council distancing
Gameday empty Saturday
Thank you Bryan West
No fans allowed
Volleyball social distancing
Boo at the Zoo
Downtown mask art
Marching band competition
East Campus proposed budget cuts
No Football Saturday
UNL in-person class
Farmers Market influencers
Weeping Water vs. Fillmore Central/Exeter-Milligan
First day of middle school
First day of school
Pius X volleyball practice
City Council BLM protest
Rally and hearing
Lancaster County Super Fair
LPS board meeting
Meatpacking workers rally
Lincoln Northeast graduation
Gov. Ricketts address Legislature
Masked Archie the Mammoth
First Jury Trial in Four Months
Lincoln Community Playhouse
The Kindler Hotel
Garth Brooks Drive-In Concert
Urban Air Adventure Park
Gere Branch Library
Music on the Move
Bars Opening in Lincoln
LPS Teachers Retirement
Holmes Lake Manor Horse Visit
Lancaster County Courthouse
Church Social Distancing
Children of Smithfield
Parkview Christian Teacher Appreciation Day
Lincoln Christian 2020 Seniors
Test Nebraska site
Drive-Thru Career Fair
Center for People In Need food distribution
Masks For Truckers
Teacher and Staff Parade
Virtual City Council
Good Friday Music
Masks on a walk
Watch: A timelapse of the mural at Saro Cider
Watch: Hand sanitizer rolls off Innovation Campus assembly line
No fun here
Tower Square sign
WATCH: Celebrating a birthday with a parade
Simpsons in the windows
Drive-thru COVID-19 testing
UNL Beekeeping virtual class
Lincoln Lutheran Online Teaching
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