COVID cases in Nebraska are rising just as families prepare to gather for Thanksgiving. But rates remain relatively low compared to previous holiday seasons during the pandemic.
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The athletic departments across Iowa's public universities have together spent over $7.3 million on COVID-19 testing and other pandemic precautions and measures.
The state added 44 deaths to its toll, bringing the total for the pandemic to 4,606. Nebraska is averaging about two deaths a day since the beginning of October.
While COVID cases continue to tick up in Nebraska, fewer than 10% of adults in the state have received the latest booster shot targeting the most prevalent variant strain.
The number of COVID-19 cases jumped 25% in Nebraska last week, a sign that the virus may be embarking on another winter surge.
After seven consecutive weeks of lower case counts statewide, COVID-19 cases jumped 27 percent from 1,508 to 1,915 this past week.
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While the state's cases were up 100% over the past two weeks, that percentage ranks only 41st nationally, as cases are surging across the country.