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Lincoln officials acknowledge latest test reporting glitch in announcing Monday numbers
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Lincoln officials acknowledge latest test reporting glitch in announcing Monday numbers

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For the second week in a row, technical glitches within the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services' reporting system delayed coronavirus results in some cases.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department announced 41 new cases Monday, but in a news release acknowledged that the glitches occurred.

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Speaking to the Lincoln City Council, Mayor Leirion Gaylor-Baird said local and state health officials are working to address the glitches, which can delay precious time needed to trace potential high-risk contacts.

"No one is happy about it," she said.

Planned system maintenance Sunday afternoon affected some of the data reporting into its case-tracking system, DHHS officials said. The system was updated by 7:30 a.m. Monday and lab results not captured Sunday were available in the system immediately.

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The new cases pushed the local total to 5,196, with 21 deaths reported. There are 30 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Lincoln, including 10 Lancaster County residents.

That's up from 27 patients hospitalized locally Friday.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln announced five new positive cases Monday, bringing its total to 613 among the 3,730 tests administered since Aug. 12.

Lincoln Public Schools reported 15 new cases — four at East High School, two at Lincoln High, and one each at Northeast, Bryan Community (high school focus program), Southeast, Mickle, Culler and Lefler middle schools, and Meadowlane, Zeman and Saratoga elementary schools. 

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Photos: Lincoln during the pandemic

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Margaret Reist is a Lincoln native, the mom of three high school graduates now navigating college and an education junkie who covers students, teachers and policymakers inside and outside the K-12 classroom.

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