May 21, 2020 3:47 PM

Nebraska sees 6 more coronavirus deaths, 276 new cases

Posted May 21, 2020 3:47 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Six more residents have died from the coronavirus in Nebraska and the state confirmed another 276 cases as of Wednesday, officials said.

The new numbers bring the total number of deaths statewide to 138 and the number of confirmed cases to 11,122. Nearly 75,900 people have been tested.

The number of new patients has been trending downward since a peak of 677 new cases on May 7, but public health officials say it's vital people continue precautions such as social distancing remain vital.

Nebraska's hospital capacity for treating patients with the virus is fairly stable. The state's hospitals report that 44% of their beds, 38% of their intensive care unit beds and 78% of their ventilators are available for use if needed.

For some infected people, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause severe illness or death. But for most people, it causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks.

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