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Nebraska groups seek COVID-19 data from the state
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Nebraska groups seek COVID-19 data from the state

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. 

The ACLU of Nebraska and The COVID Tracking Project have submitted a joint open records request to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for data about positive cases and deaths from COVID-19 in Nebraska, categorized by race and ethnicity. 

The COVID Tracking Project compiles data on race and ethnicity from every state in order to capture the impact of the outbreak on at-risk communities. 

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and Douglas County Health Department have released data on race and ethnicity, but the statewide data the groups are looking for remains unavailable.

The county departments' data shows that people of color in Nebraska are being disproportionately affected by the virus. 

The groups involved with the request hope to release the information to the public before June. 

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