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Hospitalizations on the rise as coronavirus cases climb in Nebraska
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Hospitalizations on the rise as coronavirus cases climb in Nebraska

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Hospitalizations linked to COVID-19 have climbed dramatically over recent days in Nebraska, although officials still report plenty of capacity as cases rise.

On Thursday, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said 150 patients are hospitalized with the coronavirus across the state. That's up 13 from Wednesday and 47 from Saturday.

There haven't been that many patients hospitalized in the state since June 16. Hospitalizations peaked at 232 cases on May 27.

The growing number of hospitalizations comes as case numbers climb at an increasing pace.

The state reported 344 new cases on Thursday, the second-most on any day in June and July. Cases now number 25,766, with 328 deaths and 18,997 confirmed recoveries.

Locally, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department announced 47 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the county's total to 2,992. 

The total number of deaths in the community remains at 15.

Three new hospitalizations have been reported in Lancaster County, raising the total to 19, including seven patients from other counties.

Two patients who no longer test positive for the virus remain on ventilators, said Bob Ravenscroft, vice president of advancement at Bryan Health in Lincoln.

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“That really magnifies the long-term recovery some of them have,” he said.

A total of 94 patients with COVID-19 are hospitalized in the Omaha area. 

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Photos: Lincoln during the pandemic

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