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Wednesday Sept. 30 COVID-19 update: 143 new cases in Douglas County

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Published: Sep. 30, 2020 at 11:30 AM CDT
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(WOWT) - Here is a summary of new cases and other COVID-19 stats reported today by health officials across Nebraska & Iowa.

Douglas County update

The Douglas County Health Department reported 143 new cases Wednesday.

The total number of lives lost remains at 194.

The total cases in the community have reached 16,379.

There have been 12,481 confirmed recoveries.

Lancaster County update

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reported 107 new cases, bringing the community total to 6,532.

The number of deaths remains at 24.

There have been 2,507 reported recoveries.

Nebraska virus hospitalizations at high level as cases rise

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state remains elevated as Nebraska continues to report hundreds of new cases each day, but the number of hospitalizations is still below the peak set in the spring.

The state’s online virus tracker on Wednesday showed 215 people were hospitalized. Nebraska reported 466 new cases and six new deaths to give the state 45,044 cases and 478 deaths linked to the coronavirus.

The number of people being treated in Nebraska hospitals remains below the peak of 232 set on May 27, but the number got close to that when it hit 231 last Thursday.

— The Associated Press

Middle school reports two cases

Two people Kiewit Middle School have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a letter from Principal Marshall Smith.

“We know the virus can be brought into our schools. What we are trying to prevent is community spread within our schools,” Smith said in the letter sent to student families.

Those who were in close contact with the two people were informed of their potential exposure in a separate letter from the school district that also included guidance from the Douglas County Health Department, Smith’s letter says.

The Omaha Public Schools dashboard is expected to reflect information about these cases, including affected buildings, in an update on Thursday, the letter states.

REFERENCE NOTE -- 6 News pulls data from Nebraska and Iowa COVID-19 dashboards at 6 p.m. daily. All other reports in this post come from official news releases from area health departments and other authorities as stated.

Resource links

COVID-19 dashboards: Douglas County | Lancaster County | Nebraska | Iowa | Worldwide

School dashboards: Omaha Public Schools | Millard Public Schools | Bellevue Public Schools | UNL | Midland University

COVID-19 risk dials: Omaha-Douglas County | Lincoln-Lancaster County

COVID-19 information: Latest updates | Resources

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